The metoo movement against harassment that is roiling the U. Thome and co-founder Renata Rodrigues announced plans for a block party protest as a joke, and within 24 hours more than 1, women said would attend. They knew they had struck a nerve.
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein episode that triggered the MeToo campaign against harassment in the United States, Brazilian women are out in full force -- with some even sporting temporary tattoos with the message emblazoned across their shoulders, arms and chests.
The two-night extravaganza began in the Sambodromo, where 72, spectators sat in sweltering heat, with many thousands more milling around outside selling drinks, putting on costumes or simply soaking up the atmosphere. Three of the samba schools taking openly critical stands against the political and corruption crisis that has engulfed Latin America's biggest country over the last four years. Even by Brazil's deteriorating standards, Rio de Janeiro is in particularly deep financial trouble, while crime in many areas is out of control. Two children were among the dead in shootings last week and a policeman was reported Sunday to have been shot dead in a suburb - the 16th officer killed already this year.
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