Several labor groups plan to march Jan. 22 to protest President Dilma Rousseff's inauguration of the Arena das Dunas World Cup soccer stadium in Natal. Participants will gather in front of the Midway Mall from 1300-1400 and march to the soccer stadium at 1500 to protest outside during the inauguration ceremony, which is scheduled to begin at 1715. Given the high-profile nature of the event, the protests will likely be quite large. The general public may also join the march.
Security forces will maintain a heavy presence near the stadium and the surrounding area. No police road blocks are planned. However, expect localized traffic disruptions along the protest march route. Low-level clashes between protesters and security personnel are possible.
Background and Analysis
Several labor groups, including those representing state, health, civil police, and bank workers, in addition to students and professors, are protesting against Governor Rosalba Ciarlini for supporting what they view as the misspending of public funds on the Arena das Dunas stadium. Unions, led by the state chapter of the Union of Civil Servants (SINSP/RN), are likely using these issues and President Rousseff's visit to draw attention to their various labor-related demands. Unions may use this tactic in the near future, perhaps joining another anti-World Cup protest in Natal planned for Jan. 25.
Avoid all protests. Allow additional driving time if operating near the Arena das Dunas stadium.