As you may have heard, more than 75 people were murdered here in Sao Paolo, Brazil over the weekend. The story in brief as I’m getting it from Brazilian friends:
Organized crime is a huge problem, really out of control. The leaders of the biggest criminal gangs (in particular one that calls itself the Primeiro Comando da Capital, which translates as the First Capital Command) are in prison but they can order attacks by gangsters on the streets — and there are many of them, not least I’m told because of judges who are either leftist and lenient, or intimidated, or both.
The criminals have been killing policeman but also getting on buses and murdering innocents – in other words: terrorism. So today, public transportation is largely shut down.
As you know, I prefer to walk so I’m sure I’m perfectly safe.