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The Beetham community erupted predictably in the wake of the police killing of a man. It was an act which residents insist was completely unprovoked. Rage against the police rapidly billowed outward into rage against the nation. Impassioned residents reportedly hurled rocks at motorists, their aim no doubt honed by countless nights of stone-throwing to disable cars on the highway.
The scenes which played out on television frightened the rest of the country. The crackling of gunfire from automatic weapons seemed extreme. Surely this must be footage from Tivoli Gardens in Jamaica and not Beetham Gardens in Trinidad.
The armed forces came in for a rap on the knuckles as many in society complained that the show of force was disproportionate. For observers (whose observations were made behind the safety of television screens and newsprint) a line had been crossed by the security forces. The discharge of weapons was reckless overkill.
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