Posted by erikforgod on Wednesday, August 3, 2011
On my way home on the bus yesterday ( the one I take everyday ) we were stopped by the police and this policeman ( in might I say "partial military garb...blue uniforms, machine gun in hand, big boots with the beltstrap crossing the front ) gets on and he says in a gruff voice.
"Buenos noches...Todos los varones que se decienden del colectivo porfavor"
(Good evening...All males get off the bus please)
So we all get off..are forced to lean up against the outside of the bus and get frisked. I guess they were looking for arms, drugs etc.. Afterwards they asked : "Adonde se dirige Usted"?
(Where are you headed)
And he asked if I was coming or going to work, and I said "On my way home" and he said: "Muchisimas gracias subese porfavor"
( thanks... you can get back on the bus now )
My bus passes through what they call a "villa" ( vee-shah ) in Argentine spanish. Its basically a slum..DIRT POOR. It would seem that they are double checking all of the male passengers on all the buslines that pas through their and head towards downtown. they were checking for guns and drugs...none of which they found. There has been alot of crime downtown and they suspect that gangs from this slum are the culprits. But darn...they frisked all of us...even an 80 some year old guy as well. This was a first for me and not fun...Argentina suffered through years of "military dictatorships"...needless to say it showed on the faces of every Argentine on that bus...but I guess thyey were doing it for a good cause. It was like being in an episode of cops...but with military police.
The joys of living in latin america LOL
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 @11:08:58 AM
I've never liked the military police here.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 @11:40:51 AM
Eric: I lived in Venezuela for 4 years (mid- 1980, before Chavez), so I can relate. In Venezuela all males are required to serve in the military. But they didn't need everybody. So whenever they needed recruits they would stop buses and take all males of the appropriate age - into the military. Their for of the draft.
Enjoy your experience there - it is priceless, and you'll look back with fond memories I'm sure.
Wayne - retired gov't employee.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 @11:49:30 AM
Come home Eric
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 @4:59:38 PM
Wayne - Wow I cant imagine a Venezuela without Yugo ( I mean Hugo ) the Argentines think he is hillarious, and even thought they think he i creep ( which he is ) they put up with him because he is funny. They had a big latin american summit here in Mar del Plata last year and I was walkin to work ( about 50 or 60 blocks ) and Hugo was speakin outside in a mic...I could tell because I recognized his big mouth and Venezuelan spanish from all the way over on the other side of the city! He is such a clown...I feel sorry for the Venezuelan people...I have a few clients that are Venezuelan...and they arent to fond of you know "who"
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