Brazil: Surpassing All Limits Of Unpopularity

Brazilian Student Leader Vladimir Palmeira, 23, addresses his followers, including the clutch of strapping bodyguards who ring him in public, as "pessoal," or personnel. Until recently, that comradely term reflected to other members of the outlawed Metropolitan Students Union of Rio de Janeiro's Federal University. Last week, however, Palmeira led 25,000 people along Rio's Avenida Rio Branco in Brazil's largest public demonstration in four years #151; and those who walked with him included ordinary citizens, writers, professors, a labor leader and Roman Catholic nuns and priests. Thousands more waved signs and...