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Are politicians allowing gangs to win the war?
According to the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (Coha), a Washington think tank not known for radical analyses, gangs now have a stronger hold on the T&T population than the government does. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her government must now face the reality of the report, which has come to a few quite definitive conclusions, including the finding that the government’s legislative fight against crime has proven to be ineffective.
Coming from that quarter, this is an even more damning accusation than any made by the political opposition and local commentators. The government must bear in mind that it cannot charge Coha with having a political motive and wanting to replace the People’s Partnership at the polls. And while the crime crisis did not start with the current government, it has deepened on their watch, and it is they who must tackle the task of bringing it under control.
Coha also came to a few conclusions about increasing gang activity in the region, about the small sector of the population (14 per cent) of young people who have any faith in the police and their methods to solve crime, and that gangs here are even more widespread than those in developed countries.
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