A Beach, Iemanja Day, Cops, Choppers and an Aftertaste of WTF??

6 Feb

Yep, just happened to be in sunny Salvador a few days ago, celebrating Iemanja Day.

I was on a beach when I heard that the police had gone on strike.

Yes, the Police Department of Salvador, had officially gone on strike for better wages.

Fair enough, I guess (they are grossly underpaid), but they decided to do it on Iemanja Day; one of the biggest warm-ups, for one of the wildest Carnavals on the planet. That translates into millions of people getting drunk in the streets, and 70% less law and order. Things tend to get messy.

Minutes after I had heard that wide-spread looting was going on, this happened:

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