Before de-stressing in the time honoured Friday evening fashion, another day seems to have (almost) passed without incident (of note).
If I had been compulsorily evacuated to Darwin, I would be wondering what gives.
Firstly, the heightening of security concerns was driven by :
- weeks of daily rock throwing, broken glass and lots of sleeplessness
- threats against Australian citizens
- fear of a backlash after the failure to capture Major Alfredo
- fear of a backlash after the Rogerio Lobato verdict
- fear that the return of armed F-FDTL to the streets would lead to trouble (kiddies, I am going to add a glossary to the blog soon to explain why the first F does not mean procreate)
- fear that things would get worse in the run-up to the election
So you shuffle off to Darwin with your 10kgs and wait … nothing. So I go running this morning … nothing. So I go cycling this afternoon … nothing. The tension on people’s faces … gone. What gives ?
Someone said one of today’s papers said whoever has been paying the gangs has run out of money. Could be.
Maybe the Rogerio Lobato verdict did hit the sweet spot and convince people that the justice system actually does work in the end. Although Lobato’s lawyer says the sentence is unfair (too long), another politician said it was also unfair (too short).
Maybe the return of armed F-FDTL to the streets has put the fear of god into people, because in the crunch, people believe they have weapons and will use them. I also noted armed UIR (PNTL rapid reaction force police) on the streets today.
Keep all digits in rest position he tells himself … you are not at home.
Maybe the threat of a state of emergency and some interesting adjustments to police powers, threats of curfews and restrictions on civil liberties have done it.
Some think it is the calm before the storm. Time to de-stress. Tomorrow is a another day.