I encourage anyone who encounters anything of note today to post a comment here.
Last Friday’s shooting at the airport carpark by the airport IDP camp seems to have sparked up the anti-foreigner feeling amongst some of the locals. The incidence of stoning of vehicles driven by foreigners seems to have increased. Although first assumed to be anti-UN, it seems to have morphed into anti-OZ and even anti-anyone foreign.
I know people who drive around everywhere (or so they say) who have never seen an incident but others who confront this stuff every day. There seems to be more of it west of the heliport which is an area I try to avoid. The OZ embassy has been a particularly bad spot for some time, so diversion around the alternative beach road has been my preference for a while. However, last week even that route was a bit dodgy given that one of the rice warehouses is on that road. As per last year, the closer you are to the seashore, the safer it seems.
The traffic lights have created problems by stopping vehicles which are subsequently stoned. I think the general rule is to ignore the traffic lights now. They should be turned off.
There is a funeral today for one (or both ?) of those who died last Friday. The word is to practice extreme caution today as anti-OZ sentiment is expected to be high. I have no plans to get amongst it today and I know several government ministries have pretty much closed down due to repeated rock throwing incidents aimed at their offices. Some have moved out computer equipment to play it safe.
Lets see how the day pans out.
PS – Teresa – keep reading.