The Prime Minister and her Cabinet have run out of cards to play and have had to resort to draconian measures to control crime. That was the opinion of Port-of-Spain mayor Louis Lee Sing regarding the Prime Minister's decision to call a limited state of emergency in crime hot spot areas, enforcing a 9 pm curfew. The Prime Minister announced the curfew on Sunday, as a way to control crime and target specific areas where there is known criminal activity. Lee Sing said the Government focused all its time on "numbers," counting the crimes and murders instead of developing creative interventions to prevent them. He said with the curfew in effect, law-abiding citizens were being "punished."
Lee Sing said the Government also had opened the door for "corrupt individuals" to secretly carry on business during the curfew. He said if the Government was serious about fighting crime it would focus on initiatives that pulled the "would-be gangster away from the gang" or the "would-be drug dealer away from the drug dealers." Lee Sing said that was why he had advocated so hard for compulsory national service.
He said the curfew was an example of the Government's "tunnel vision." Lee Sing speculated whether that was a mechanism whereby the Government was trying to silence the Opposition and hold on to power indefinitely.