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Attempting to terrorise Carnival
It may actually be the one time of year general crime rates dip. Maybe the criminals reduce serious activity simply to “tief a wine,” or it could be that for a few days, the full force of the country’s security agencies are on full display and unapologetically so.
At one time perhaps, it may have been intimidating to see officers with guns. These days, it instills a feeling of protection for many.
But international news agencies, embassies and high commissions, in carefully worded reports over the last few days, are now telling us of plots of terrorism targeting Carnival 2018. Over the last few days, we’ve read reports that certain faiths, families and places of worship have been searched, allegedly with the help of US agencies.
Those who attempt to terrorise our country and our Carnival through fear, intimidation or actual plots would do well to remember we take our celebrations seriously. We have help, we don’t scare easily, and we will not be paralysed by cowards on misguided missions.
When the police are present
In the middle of investigating terrorist plots, monitoring drunk drivers, speeding and unwanted “winers” during Carnival 2018, some of this country’s police officers are still doing their ordinary jobs with determination and pride.
In the early hours of Friday morning, while thousands of fete goers were having a time, robberies, home invasions and criminal acts occurred.
In the cases we’ve heard of in the Western Division, police from at least the Four Roads station were on the scene in minutes.
We may criticise their inability to solve much and the high cold case ratio, but many officers out there are actually still trying.
When you are alone, surrounded by broken glass and damaged doors, it means something to have the police present. They may not be able to solve many cases, but well done to the police officers who actually show up and try.
It’s the great Carnival Sunday in T&T and there is much anticipation for the Dimache Gras show tonight. A show designed for the culture and creativity of our people to enrapture imagination and thrill the live audience and TV viewer alike with the production of something potentially breathtaking. It’s easy to forget who we are sometimes and what makes us different. We hope tonight’s show reminds us of this.
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