It’s been two weeks since the kiosk Olá Brazil was served notice to close and cease trading within that period. During this time, there has been abundant support for the entrepreneurial business that has grown from strength to strength over the past eight years.
A Facebook group has been created where over 1,000 people have joined, both residents of the village of Santa Maria and tourists alike share fond memories and photos of their time at the kiosk. The online petition also has received fantastic support with nearly 800 signatures.
Yesterday, the proprietors announced that although still open, that the City Hall has now cancelled three meetings where they had hopes to present their case and agree a compromised solution to both sides. The cancellation of the meeting for the third time is leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of so many, in contrast to the sweet “kick ass” Caipirinhas savoured at the kiosk.
There are now calls for a demonstration march and protest on the new pedestrian area in the near future.
We are communicating to all friends of quiosqui ola Brazil that we will make a great walk pacifica on pedestrian avenue, we call all people and comercios that for one reason or another are going through the same problem , let’s say not the lack of respect, the discrimination by the competent board, enterresados contact quiosqui ola Brazil, thank you.
Supporters against the closure have been emailing Sal’s Tourist Manager Ms Carla Carvalhal at City Hall, who has responded that she not City Hall are not involved in the closure discussions.
Rumours about the closure are escalating, with one suggestion that Odjo d’Agua wish to acquire the land while others chastise the Morabeza for not allowing the kiosk clients to use their toilet facilities.