May 16, 2006

Fear & Shame


No science today. I'm not in the mood. I'm in UK now, but my family is still in Sao Paulo, Brazil. By now, everyone in the world should know what happened and still is happening in the city. For those who don't, news in four languages:

Sao Paulo, the second largest city in the world, the largest and richest city in Brazil, the industrial and financial centre, is in war. As the news above show, the bosses of organized crime are so powerful in Brazil that they could organize a war operation inside the jail. When I lived in Sao Paulo I was anxious to leave the city because of the violence. This apparent "new" state of civil war is something that citizens of Sao Paulo suffer, in a smaller scale, everyday. Even me, someone who has very little knowledge of politics and social sciences, could see that the situation would reach this chaos someday. And it happened. The sad thing is that, although I'm safe here in UK (or as safe as I can be...), I'm worried with my parents and my relatives.

Brazilian mentality is a stupid one! Brazil has plans of being a "first world country" but wants to do that without any organization, without investing in education and research and without putting an end to the widespread corruption and impunity. In summary: they want to be a great country without any effort.

My wife looked at me with fear yesterday when I told her about the events in Sao Paulo as her family is there too. She said to me: "I don't want to come back". And I had to agree: "Me neither." It's a shame. It's sad, because all my friends and family are there. People who I love and miss. All my memories and belongings are still there. Last week I was thinking that maybe Sao Paulo was not that bad city as I used to think when I was there, but this week I realized that it is simply worst than that.

Now, every brazilian knows what will happen. The politicians of the federal government will use the events to attack the politicians of the oppositians who held the Sao Paulo government as this year is the presidential elections. Very few measures will be taken. They will enhance the vigilance by police (from whom the attacks shown that the criminals have no fear...) for a while until people forget and life goes on, as it always happen in Brazil. Nothing will get better, people simply will get used.

I have friends that say to me: "Situation in Brazil is getting better. The country will be better." I use to say: "Yes, but I'm almost sure that it will not happen in my lifespam". I'm upset, I'm ashamed, I'm said and I'm scared. Unhappily, nothing will change.

Picture: the cap of a cop with bullet holes and his and his friends blood on the floor. Source: Folha de Sao Paulo

Just an update. I've just read that the attacks in SP decreased because THE GOVERNMENT NEGOCIATED WITH THE CRIMINAL LEADERS AND REACHED A CONSENSUS. If this is true, this means that the criminals got what they wanted. It would just show how the government in Brazil is weak and, as I said, things never change there... The government negates the pact. It may be true and this can be a false information, but in Brazil you never know. I hope that I'm wrong.


Anonymous said...

Wow. That's was fast. How we say in Brazil, "good news run, bad news fly".
Well I don't know if the government made a deal with the criminals, but the fact is thas all the remaining prision that was still rioting (in other word, most of them) stoped AT THE SAME TIME.
As a reporter said this morning, "as the government would 'never' make a deal with criminals, this should be a sign of the 'good-will' of the crimininals" (yes it had a ironic tone).
By Edward

Roberto Alamino said...

I've read that the criminals will now have the right to TVs in the jail so they can see the World Cup. That's the Brazil I know...

Marlo said...

It's very sad, mainly because I still love this country, for some strange reason.

I was in SP in that monday afternoon, and the situation was terrible. I was very frightened. Very frightened.

I have to admit that you was right to leave. If I had a chance, I'll took it too. But not without sadness.