In Brazil, they protest against the cost of the World Cup and the Olympics which are seen to lead to welfare cuts for most and lined pockets for a corrupt elite to pay for stadia instead of hospitals and police to protect them from the grit and poverty of real Brazil. In Turkey, they protest about a symbolic development project that’s come to encapsulate the high-handed style of the elected leader. Social media exacerbates anger, but is not the cause.
Grass-roots fury erupts in these two regional giants who over the years have shown that despite corruption and vested interests, economic growth can deliver. What then will erupt in the Syrian vacuum once the opposition win?