According to the newspaper O Globo today there is to be a strike commencing today in Brazilian Consulates throughout the North America and Europe. The strike is directed specifically to stop issuance of World Cup visas. The statements say the srikers want salary increases above the level of inflations and "...an end to persecution, discrimination, retaliation and threats of dismissal...". Furtehr the strike "...is [intended to have immediate impact on] the capacity of the country to process the growing number of visitor visas for attending the 2014 World Cup events...". As a result the following Brazilian Consulates are now unable to process visas: New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, Hartford, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Toronto, Montreal, Brussels, Bern, Rome, Milan, Rotterdam and Geneva. The translations are mine so I am responsible for errors, if any. The strikers claim they sent petitions to President Dilma Rousseff three years ago without response. This strike is part of a much larger group of stokes now under way and planned for before and possibly during the World Cup. Other posts describe those.