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Balgobin: We’re merely arming gangs for war
“You’re arming them for war!” Independent senator Rolph Balgobin’s said on contracts being given to gang members. Speaking during Wednesday night’s Senate budget debate, Balgobin said T&T’s security is precarious and local intelligence systems need work. “It is scandalous that three years into a new government we still don’t have a full formal appointment of a commissioner of police, and that shouldn’t be, if crime is T&T’s number one problem,” he said.
Balgobin said the police know of the “big misters.” “One of the biggest misters is the State...(in that) a lot of the violent activity we’re seeing is over state contracts. It’s not all for drug demands. That’s not the only thing fuelling the violence out there,” he said “Stop giving contracts to criminals. And I don’t want to hear any minister of national security say he’s going to do it, I want him to come and say he has done it.” “You can’t buy peace—you’re merely arming them for war.”
Balgobin said there are now people in T&T who manufacture bullets. “You don’t have to import bullets any more, you can buy it locally,” he said. Balgobin said what is being described as AR15 rifles being used in T&T are really Bushmaster guns, one of which was used in the massacre of more than 20 youngsters and teachers in Newtown, Connecticut, several months ago. He also listed weaponry reported in T&T, including AK 47s and others using .627mm bullets which, he said, can blow “a hole the size of a grapefruit” in a person.
“The bulletproof vests police are using are not stopping those rounds,” he added. Balgobin also said T&T school violence is now a much-chronicled item on the Internet’s YouTube, with a lot of “girl on girl” action in fights. “Our girls are just as violent as our boys,” Balgobin said.
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