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East Port-of-Spain’s historical loop
The present state of unrest in T&T is mainly due to the inability of political leaders to face the truth. The preceding sentence is from a story in the Guardian of March 23, 1980. The sentiment is attributed to the (then) Archbishop of Port-of-Spain, responding to bombings, rising gun crime, and escalating social chaos. (Yep, this was in the good ole’ days: the height of the “oil boom.”)
The more things change and all that, given the events in east Port-of-Spain over the last two weeks. It’s not just the murder we’ve become accustomed to over the last decade. It’s not just multiple institutional failure on an epic scale. This is an evolution in criminal behaviour. It appears to be crime, but it’s something else. And political and relevant officials now seem unable to recognise this, much less to admit it.
Two moments which bared the nature of the problems in east Port-of-Spain flashed on CNC3’s morning show early last week, and its 7 pm news on Friday. A community activist from the area observed that the nature of the killings—the fact that victims were teenagers, pregnant, and innocent—showed the motive was to cause pain and grief in the community. One resident called it “jealousy.”
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