Earth & Conservation

Could South Brazil Ever Become Its Own Country?

Hundreds of thousands of people in South Brazil voted to separate from the country. So why do Southern Brazilians want independence?

There's a separatist movement happening right now in Brazil called "The South Is My Country." Separatists want Southern Brazil to gain independence, arguing that the region is paying a large portion of taxes without seeing much benefit and without fair representation in Congress.

The movement has gained momentum in recent years among the corruption and economic recession in Brazil. But this is about much more than politics, it's also about the vast cultural differences between the northern and southern parts of the country. Laura Ling explains more in this video.

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Learn More:

The New York Times: Santa Cruz Journal; White Flight in Brazil? Secessionist Caldron Boils

The Washington Post: A Half-million Brazillians Want to Break Away and Form a New Country

The Wall Street Journal: Brazil Inflation Slowed in September