Brazil: The Animal Game

For two weeks Sao Paulo had been in full crisis. More than 60,000 men were idled, the largest single industry in Latin America's greatest industrial city was paralyzed, and the lives of most adult Paulistas were in some way affected. Government officials, police, labor leaders and representatives of the industry met round the clock in secret emergency conference. Last week the crisis was quietly resolved. In return for unspecified concessions, the police agreed to end their crackdown on jogo do bicho-the animal game-the largest permanent floating numbers game in the world.


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