The strike of the Military Police made the people in Bahia anticipate the routine of empty streets of the holidays. On Wednesday, colleges and schools suspended classes, shops and shopping centers were closed and buses were collected at garages in the late afternoon. Rumors of mass muggings and stores getting looted were also recorded, with 34 people getting arrested.
Who left the house realized that the traffic was quiet and no traffic jams. Maybe the good side of it! People in Bahia are known for being lazy and not working, but this time, by not going to work they are not being lazy, they are being smart.
At 6 o’clock, the buses that circulated sparingly during the day went to the garages after an agreement. According to the communications director for the Union of Road Drivers, several buses were pillaged and robbed.
All malls in Salvador decided to close early. Much of the shops in the neighborhoods didn’t even open the doors. Also on Tuesday evening, following the announcement of the strike, schools and universities announced that classes were suspended and only come on Tuesday, the 22nd(that’s 5 days!).
Events were also suspended or canceled, such as the debut of the premiere of “The Passion of the Christ,” which occur tonight. Bars and venues also announced that they have canceled all performances planned. The mayor said that, on Thursday, the public agencies would close their doors and the government workers would have an optional work day(that means you go to work if you want).
The Federal Police also threatened going on strike during the World Cup. That is actually a minor thing, since they don’t serve for much anyways. In fact, if they don’t work, the lines at the airports might move faster.
Oh, the Military Police of several other states threatened to stop, such as in Rio. If that happens in Rio, get ready!
Update: The strike of the military police in Bahia enters its third day, after the failure in the tentative agreement to end the strike. Shops were invaded and looted by criminals during the night. In less than 24 hours, 20 murders were recorded and among the victims is an policeman. The strike also left empty restaurants and bus terminals overnight. Eight thousand men of the National Force and Army were called.