Addressing yesterday's post Cabinet media briefing, Young said citizens have been facing possible acts of terror and lawlessness with the recent upsurge in the homicide rate and random shootings. Towards the end of December and in the last 48 hours, he said the country saw a spike in murders.
The national security minister told the TT media, that having put the pieces of the puzzle together, there were people in society who wanted to create “a sense of fear and panic in Trinidad and Tobago with what they call the runaway rate of crime.
"Who is it in our society that stands to gain of pushing this narrative of a homicide rate going upwards.... and why are there instances all of a sudden of certain sporadic shootings of person who are not involved in gang or criminal activity?” he questioned.
Young said law enforcement officers and intelligence agencies have been trying to connect the dots as to why certain persons would carry out random acts of violence against law-abiding citizens, stating that one reason being was “to create a sense of lawlessness and show that things are out of control.”
He said the police have been investigating the links of certain people and criminals who have been pushing crime in a particular way, promising that more will be revealed soon.
He said it was wrong for people to sell a narrative that the Government has not been tackling crime.
Responding to a question as to whether there is a plot by criminals to destabilise society and make the Government look like they are failing in crime, Young responded by saying that things don’t happen in isolation and there are connections which the police have been investigating. “It is more than speculative,” he declared.
He intimated that there was a political slant to the recent upsurge in criminal activity, expressing concern over a former minister who reappeared on the political scene in 2019, noting that there was “more in the mortar than in the pestle. I didn’t make this up.”
“If you now have certain information of persons standing to gain and actually promoting criminal elements to go out and harm society that is a very serious accusation and allegation,” Young said.
“The perception of crime is as good as crime itself. I am just cautioning that all that you see is just smoke and mirrors.”
Young promised more emphasis will be placed on crime-fighting initiatives and a higher police presence as Carnival approaches.
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