One of the biggest polemics surrounding the protests is the routine attacks against bank branches by radical groups, and the defence of such tactics by anarchist activists online (commonly on the Black Bloc facebook page). Here we see a child, presumably homeless, sleeping outside the entrance of Itaú Bank. Whoever posted the photo to facebook (I grabbed it off of the Black Bloc facebook page) drew a red box around a sign that reads, “All children have the right to learn to read and write,” highlighting the ironic similarity between the boy in the marketing propaganda and the boy sleeping on the pavement. This image is a type of counter discourse used to critique the social system that allows Brazil’s economy to boom and banks to post windfall profits, but children are continually denied basic human rights (to housing, to education, to food). Tarnishing Itau’s public image in the recent past is a greater than RS$ 18 billion (more than US$7.7 billion) fine for failing to pay taxes.
[photo unaccredited on facebook; I have blurred the child’s face to protect his identity]