So I was taking my morning walk through Trianon park when I came across this:
Imagine my surprise. I asked an officer standing off to the side if I could take a picture (which is exactly what you do before you pull something out of your pocket and aim it at a collection of Brazilian police officers – I’m no dumb bunny!) No problem, he informed me.
This is one of those times that I was kicking myself for not speaking better Portuguese. I had so many questions!! Like, what was this all about?? From my perspective, this set up looked like they were ready to battle something really big. Like an alien invasion or perhaps Godzilla. So what was it that they were anticipating would appear BEHIND me??
One of my fears is that something big will happen and I’ll be busy watching Dora the Explorer on Apple TV with my daughter or The Real Housewives of New York online, and will have no clue. Let’s face it, even if I were watching the local news, I’d have no clue. So a chilling uneasiness began to come over me as I realized that this was quite possibly one of those times.
Hearing a speech on a loud speaker, I bravely headed toward it for a possible explanation. Paulista Avenue was crowded with some kind of demonstration. I went to investigate.
This just brought more questions to light. Did the police officers not want the demonstrators to know they were organizing themselves? And the officers just didn’t have the funding to disguise themselves as trees? Were there more groups of police placed at other strategic, yet somewhat hidden, locations around the the demonstration? The majority of the demonstrators appeared to be in their mid fifties to late eighties. So, what exactly did the police force anticipate would happen?
I guess I’ll never know. Just another day of unanswered questions in Sao Paulo, Brazil.