Watch out Trinidad and Tobago!
Crime marches in communities are coming in an effort to wake up the present Government in doing something about the escalating crime problem in the country.
During a crime awareness and anti-crime march in Debe on Saturday, Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, said many other communities will be taking to the streets in a similar manner, and the People’s National Movement will “be a very reckless Government not to pay attention”.
She said: “This is the first of many because I know many communities are so incensed with the horrendous crime rate. I talked about the fact that every time the PNM is in power, the murder rate increases.”
She said while her party was in government, they brought the serious crime rate down to “the lowest ever in 31 years”.
This Government, she said, has cut the Community Comfort Patrol and many of the initiatives which the former People’s Partnership put into place in the fight against crime.
She added, “I believe the Government has gone totally deaf or just doesn’t care. I would hate to believe that they do not care. It might be a combination of deafness, as well as lack of care.. We’ve seen the slaughter of women and, of course, the abuse of our children, and I think we have reached a point where we say enough is enough. We will fight them in the Parliament, we will fight them outside of the Parliament to make our country safe again.”
The former Prime Minister said people in Central Trinidad have already begun preparations to hold a march.
“I believe (Friday) was like the wild, wild West in the Central area, with the amount of shootings and gunshots firing. People are just afraid. I heard a minister in Parliament say unemployment is not a problem in this country. People come to us every day looking for jobs, the hardships people are facing out there. In every major sector of life, we are seeing that Government has fallen down without a plan, without a clue, and the end result is of course the suffering and the hardship being faced.”
Persad-Bissessar said the claim by Government that the Opposition was not supporting legislation was a distortion of the truth.