Last month I blogged about a kidnapping and robbery that took place in Lagoinha, of the man who owns Lagoinha's sole tourist attraction, a waterfall. We thought the perpetrators got caught--but it turns out that even though everyone in town knows who did it now, the police are doing nothing, because they're either too scared or they've been paid off. The waterfall owner has decided to shut down his business because he's too scared. So much for Lagoinha's sole tourist attraction!
We'd already started planning to move, but we thought we had some time to do it, as these people had just robbed $120K and would probably wait to do it again. And we thought that if anyone wanted to kidnap and rob us, we would get some warning in the form of suspicious people checking out the house and studying our movements.
On Saturday night our dogs were going crazy barking at something. We learned the next day that two men drove up to the first gate and stood staring at our house for a long time. A guy who lives by the gate overheard the men say, "This was a wasted trip." The next day, a bar was robbed, and we suspect it's the same people who found our fence and dogs too daunting that evening...or their timing just wasn't right, as they might have been hoping to find my husband and the kids playing down at the house by the gate, as they often are on weekend nights, or perhaps they were planning to stop us at gunpoint if we happened to go out and come back in through the gate.
I just have to say, Lagoinha police suck and the city council here sucks and most of all, those people who use violence and intimidation to take things that don't belong to them and ruin people's sanctuaries really, really suck. (and on top of that there's a 35% chance these people are animal rapists)
Some generalizations about why Brazil sucks, which are very negative but might be based in truth
More on Brazilian police sucking--who considers their salaries more important than human lives?
A couple random articles I read today on political control over media in Brazil--if you try to expose people they might shoot you or fine you