The Stainless Steel Rat (stainsteelrat) wrote,
The Stainless Steel Rat

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I have to say I'm a little worried about the return of violence to São Paulo. For those who haven't heard, a large criminal gang is again setting fire to busses, shooting and throwing bombs at things, like they were doing in May. They've even shot at a Metrô station, which is what worries me most, as next week I'll be using the Metrô during commuter hours (as if the thronging crowds wasn't bad enough!).

These guys are purported to have around 30,000 members outside of the prisons, and Brazil's government doesn't seem to have the first clue about how to resolve the situation other than brute force. I was reading somewhere that the murder rate in Brazil is high enough to classify the country as in a low grade civil war. Ho hum...
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