Um Café Curto

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Já começou:

«Mas parece que o alerta veio tarde. É que nos últimos dias por diversas vezes a policia já foi chamada para evitar brigas ou atentados contra bens ou pessoas que organizaram o jogo nas suas casas, locais de trabalho, salões de cabeleireiros e/ou estabelecimentos comerciais.» Escreve A Semana online.

Um cliente do Café Margoso testemunhou uma discussão violenta, em plena rua de Lisboa, entre dois conhecidos músicos da nossa praça, por causa da «bolha». Assim, duas figuras públicas, em pleno coração da cidade.

Algo me diz que o Natal este ano vai ser diferente no Mindelo...


Imagem: Salvador Dali, «As faces da Guerra»


Ler e acompanhar a discussão sobre o «jogo da bolha», neste post.




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7 comentários:

Teatrakacia disse...

Pois! Já era de se esperar, e nem podia terminar de forma diferente! Preocupa-me de facto os menos 'afortunados da vida' que foram obrigados a acreditar que iriam ganhar algum para resolver carências eternas, e que por não terem os tais trinta mil, se endividaram mais... para acabarem enganados.
Quanto à 'discussão' entre conhecidos músicos, embora partisse do 'Bolha', era mais sobre 'palavra dada'(cumprir compromisso).

João Branco disse...

Tchá, mas não disso mesmo que se tratar no jogo da «bolha»? Fazer compromissos que sabemos, à partida, que não podem ser compridos?

Anónimo disse...

E depeois o badiu é que é burro! Vamos trabalhar...

Sisi disse...

Alguns simplesmente nem vão ter Natal...temos pena!!!!

João Branco disse...

A ganância do dinheiro fácil no seu melhor!

Jeff disse...

João,

Vê esse artigo, no site da BBC de hoje. Acho que se isso acontecesse na Praia o resultado poderia ter sido parecido com este caso, da Colômbia...

*Kel li é pa bô oiá, n'é, necessariament, un post

abraço,
Jeff

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Police use batons and tear gas to control the crowds in the town of Popayan

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Police used batons and tear gas to control angry investors and curfews were declared in several cities.

In Popayan in the south-western department of Cauca, 2,000 depositors stormed an investment firm's offices.

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In the city of Pasto, in the department of Narino, local television showed depositors looting local businesses.


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The people behind a pyramid scheme in Santander de Quilichao disappeared, leaving a note stuck to the doors taunting the investors for having been duped.

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Pyramid investment schemes are said to be often more popular than regular savings accounts in Colombian banks, which charge high fees.

João Branco disse...

Thank's Djeff!