The Curmudgeon on Cops and Carnival

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Salvador, Bahia, today, is the scene of events that remind the Curmudgeon of that old familiar Carioca football saying: “Things happen to Botafogo that even God doubts.” We have federal troops firing (rubber bullets) upon state troopers. Unarmed state troopers. State troopers who have not committed any crime. What have they done to deserve this? They have gone on strike.

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The Curmudgeon moved to Rio over forty years ago, and remained there until late 2018. He's been writing political commentary for The Rio Times for nine years. He once referred to himself as a WASP (look it up) but doesn't any more because it embarrasses him.