"You better not pout, I'm telling you why, Santa Claus is being shot down"

Robot Santa

When it comes to violence, Brazil often makes the U.S. look like a nation of Jains. Because while in the U.S. the "War on Christmas" solely involves guys from Radical right-wing propaganda news stations whining about the use of the word "Holiday," in Brazil, they take it a bit further. Like opening fire on Santa Claus.

"Santa faces gunfire as he flies into Rio"

Drug traffickers in Rio de Janeiro have opened fire on a helicopter carrying an actor dressed as Santa Claus to a children's party in a shanty town.

They apparently believed it was a police helicopter being used in a raid and fired at least two bullets into the fuselage.

The pilot was flying over the Vila Joao shanty town in Brazil's second city when he realised he was under attack and was forced to land.

The undeterred Santa continued his journey by car to keep his promise to deliver his presents.

Charles Goncalves, from the Baixa do Sapateiro neighbours' association, which organised the party, said they picked him up after he called to inform them about the near miss.

"The party continued with more than 1,000 people, including parents and children," Goncalves told the AFP news agency.

The police said it was lucky no one was injured.

Rio has more than 600 favelas - slums - which are a deadly battleground between drug traffickers and paramilitary vigilantes.

Seriously, it's violent down here. You don't even want to know what happened to the Easter Bunny.

HT Dvorak


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