Thursday, 14 August 2008

More trouble on the Rio...

Well things aren't getting a whole lot better here.

This morning a large number of police are searching the village of Esmeralda, just behind the marina, in an effort to catch the men who attacked Sunday's Child.

There are reports of a double murder last night, a woman and her 14 year old son, being shot dead just behind the Backpacker's hotel near the bridge in Fronteras. They are reported to be local people.

That's quite a lot of incidents in a short space of time.

Last night, as we were sat in the cockpit of the boat, I saw a couple of camouflaged lancha's drifting off the marina. One had 6 people on board. Three in camouflage gear with black berets carrying rifles and three wearing civilian gear. They were there for some 20 minutes before joining the naval vessel that was patrolling and towing the second lancha.

Mario's has increased it's armed guards and we are keeping our eyes open as we go about our daily business.

Whilst I remain content to stay here I am concerned that the incidents are still happening despite a greatly increased security presence on the river.

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