Saturday, 7 January 2017

Dillon Heckled at Anti-Crime Rally

Source: Trinidad Guardian
Saturday January 7, 2017

National Security Minister Edmund Dillon was heckled yesterday during an anti-crime rally outside the Parliament building.

“What are you doing? You not doing nothing,” shouted Woodbrook resident Kevin de Freitas.

“You come here to do a job. You is a joke. Do your job, you is a waste of time. Do your job. Do your job,” he said. Other members of the crowd joined, chanting “Do your job”.

Several organizations and NGOs gathered at the Waterfront complex to take part in the Side by Side We Stand for T&T rally, which gained momentum after the December murder of bank employee Shannon Banfield. Speaking after the event Dillon said:

“That is not the majority of the response and you will always have a minority of people who have their own agenda. The reason for this is bringing civil society together and therefore in a world of interdependence National Security cannot do it alone. It must be based on a collective effort of T&T.

When you ask the minister what he is doing, what are you doing? What are we doing as citizens of T&T and what are we doing to help with law enforcement and crime in T&T? That is the question we need to ask ourselves because of today’s effort.

There are measures in place to deal with issues of crime and new strategies were planned for this year. I don’t see this as a sign of protest of any sort but as a coming together as the people of T&T to make a difference who wants to stand up for something that affects everyone of us.

We have bystanders who criticize and so on. Where are they today to make a stand as you are doing?

Law enforcement are the end of the spectrum and minds of individuals are already shaped and wider intervention was needed. Crime impacts as as an individual and a level of the state. The police and other agency.

We all have a part to play and level of the communities. This is where I see your input and initiative to treat with the criminality of T&T.”
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We beg to disagree with Minister Dillon. He has to be really delusional to think - even for a fleeting marijuana moment - that the vociferous heckling he received yesterday was merely the voice of an opposing minority with a political agenda.

If indeed,  he labours under the mistaken notion that the public is satisfied with his handling of the crime situation then he and that pathetic excuse for a government that we just as mistakenly elected in 2015 need to be rudely jolted into reality.

The perception that the safety and security of Society's law abiding majority has not been this Rowley led PNM government's primary concern has gained widespread currency, and the statistics confirm the perception.

Its time that the minister and his colleagues including the Prime Minister get the Balisiers that they have been wining on out of their PNM backsides and start performing and earning the salaries that we the taxpayers now so grudgingly pay them, or, they can get to hell out so that we can elect people who will eliminate the criminals that the PNM has created, nurtured and mollycoddled since its blighted conception and ascendancy to power in 1956.

Recent statements by the Prime Minister and his Minister of National Security, inclusive of the ones attributed to the Minister above, indicate that the Government is not prepared to accept the ultimate responsibility of protecting the lives and property of the law abiding majority, and that it has passed the baton to a dysfunctional Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, itself an integral component of the very criminal enterprise that it is sworn to protect us from.

There can be no passing of that buck to us fearful and crime wearied citizens. There should be no attempt to send us on a national guilt trip as Dillon tried to do when he asked the hecklers, what they "were doing to help with law enforcement and crime in T&T."

Neither can there be any abdication of this responsibility by the Prime Minister simply stating that "dealing with crime is the responsibility of the police and that the government has no control over the police".

We are not prepared to accept that kind of reckless bull-shit logic and mad-man talk from any PNM Prime Minister. From any other government? MAYBE!!!  But from the PNM? NO!!!

Why?

Because having ruled Trinidad and Tobago for 47 of  its 60 years as an independent nation state, the PNM has become more than just a political party, it is an institution and a way of life. The pro PNM bias of most public servants has ensured that non PNM governments are doomed to one term tenures, their policies and programmes undermined and sabotaged,  making it impossible for them to last long enough to influence and mould the national psyche away from the blighted PNM Mentality that is responsible for the deep shit we are in today.

Whether through fear of being criticized or otherwise vilified, or maybe even because of their own personal views and the desire to be circumspect and always politically correct in the expression of those views, people generally are loath to acknowledge, far less discuss, the ethnic reality of crime in the country and to place it in the context of PNM institutionalism and its cancerous impact on Society.

But we have no such qualms. We are neither mindful of nor constrained by the modern day obsession with circumspection and political correctness. The fear of offending the sensitivities of one group or another by being factual about the violence besieging our Society has been cutting our asses for far too long. That  PNM cancer has remained untreated, bringing us to where we are today on the brink of a social catastrophe with an ethnic dimension that could turn Trinidad and Tobago into a Caribbean Rwanda or Somalia.

For 15 of the 19 years between 1991 to 2010 the PNM led by Patrick Manning,and strongly supported by Rowley, presided over a worsening crime situation and did absolutely nothing to contain or eradicate it. In fact, they nurtured and encouraged crime by funding criminals through lucrative State contracts, involving them in the administration and execution of official State funded programmes.

The illegal trafficking of arms, ammunition, drugs and prostitutes flourished under Manning's watch while gangland warfare erupted and escalated out of control. Kidnapping also became the nation's newest industry, but the PNM simply turned a blind eye to the bloodshed and orgy of destruction that played itself out for those 15 years,  refusing to confront the criminality of  its ethnic support base even as the violence spilled over into non gangland communities shedding the blood of innocents.

Criminals have enjoyed 'de facto' control over the everyday movements and lives of law abiding Society for too long. The Police are no longer proactive; they have been reduced  to mere responders and scavengers,  retrieving dead bodies after the fact.

Having created the conditions for crime and criminals to thrive this Rowley led PNM Government cannot now be allowed  to abdicate its constitutional responsibility of protecting law abiding Society from the murderous ravages of unevolved PNM savages. We must not allow the PNM to place a collective responsibility for the behaviour of the criminal element on the shoulders of law abiding Society. We have done a good job nurturing our children into productive, law abiding citizens. Let the PNM take responsibility for their criminal babies.

But there is a simple solution to this crime problem:

Arm law abiding Society. Give us guns and bullets to confront the criminal element. We outnumber them and can wipe their sorry asses off the face of this earth.

Let law abiding Society put terror back where it rightly belongs in the hearts and minds of the criminal element. We will do the job that the Police have failed to do and which this PNM Government is either afraid or refuses to do.

Let us grab that runway PNM Bull by it's PNM horns and put a bullet between its blood-shot PNM eyes.

In the meantime we will continue to write and let offense fall where it may.

1 comment:

  1. There is a simple solution to this crime problem:

    Arm law abiding Society. Give us guns and bullets to confront the criminal element. We outnumber them and can wipe their sorry asses off the face of this earth.

    Let law abiding Society put terror back where it rightly belongs in the hearts and minds of the criminal element. We will do the job that the Police have failed to do and which the Government is either afraid or refuses to do.

    We will grab that runway PNM Bull by it's PNM horns and put a bullet between its blood-shot PNM eyes.

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