Sundays are usually fairly quiet. Most shops are closed and if you see large groups, they are usually going to and from church. The expat supermarkets are always open and I had decided to do a big shop, mainly as I had run out of breakfast cereal but also because the other half was slaving over the cooktop doing something substantial for dinner.
Mid-afternoon I went to Landmark supermarket and noticed the streets extremely quiet if not deserted. There were a couple of police vehicles with small crowds around them but otherwise nothing. I thought something must be “going down” (a phrase often used here) when I saw (& heard) the Blackhawk doing quite small circling in an area of Fatuhada only a couple of hundred metres away.
As is quite common, Landmark could not satisfy the full requirements of the shopping list so it was off to Cold Storage at the other end of town. Still deathly quiet and I thought “this is just what it was like back in May/June”. Something feels wrong.
And so it was. Later in the day, Radio Australia reported trouble following the discovery of 2 human torsos in the Comorro market area. RA reported that 100 foreign police were called in. Even later in the day, I noticed very slow response when texting on my mobile – 20 minutes before actual delivery of messages. This was reminiscent of the mobile phone meltdown several months back when everyone was sharing the news on whats going on.
So even though things are generally under control, the tensions in the community are incredibly high and one wonders what can be done to bring it down. Certainly not job creation for the major construction works going on in town – landscaping work in the carpark and on the beachfront outside the Palacio do Governo.