Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has dismissed allegations that the Government's war on crime is covert racism saying as the state of emergency continues, community programmes will be rolled out to unite and build communities. She was speaking to reporters following a meeting with the National Security Council at her Phillipine home late yesterday. Dubbing the allegations of racism as false and malicious, Persad-Bissessar reiterated: "I will say again that this is a fight against crime and nothing else. We will not compromise or hold this country to ransom.
"The allegations are totally false. There are some people who are bent on mischief who are making these allegations, but the majority of people are very happy and they feel comfortable in their homes. They feel safer and they can sleep in their homes." Asked whether she planned to heed calls from her constituents to extend the curfew to the regions of Penal, Debe and Siparia, Persad-Bissessar said "no." She said based on intelligence, there was no information to suggest that an extension of the curfew to the region was warranted.
"My constituents may not have been advised or briefed. There was one incident which was a domestic issue. I am not of that view and we have no such intelligence that the area is under any serious threat and if such information is forthcoming, we will discuss it at the level of the National Security Council," she said. Persad-Bissessar said she would reconsider calls from business owners to change the time of the curfew which is currently set at 9 pm to 5 am.