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Gangs of Port-of-Spain
An unpalatable blood sacrifice is typically required for Trinis to sit up and object to the inaction of the authorities against the insidious advance of crime. In this case, it was the brutal killing of a pregnant 16 year old and three other individuals, all wiped out in a day of brazen purging by gang marauders in Port-of-Spain. The massacre was enough for the Government, the Opposition and the Police Service to rouse a display of feigned concern and swift, pointless action.
The Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader decided, at least for the moment, it was time to bury the hatchet and work together on a legislative agenda to whet the anti-crime scythe. From somewhere in the bran tub of ideas, lo and behold, they pulled out the old standard: the death penalty. I’ll get back to that one; I have to clear my throat. The Police Service staged another useless raid, picking up between 70 and 80 people. They are truly wedded to this strategy, which is closely akin to eating soup with a fork.
I had a conversation recently with a man who, in the space of one hour, eloquently brought home the wholly-ignored underpinnings of the crime problem and the almost complete takeover of the gangs. He explained his intimate connection with many of these communities, cavalierly designated “hotspots.” He said quite recently he was visiting a relative in the Beetham Gardens district when he saw a boy who could not have been more than 11, standing with an AK-47 (assault rifle).
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