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Trinidad | Shootings and Murders in TT designed to destabilize Gov't says Young

  • Written by Calvin G. Brown -Wiredja.com
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Featured Trinidad | Shootings and Murders in TT designed to destabilize Gov't says Young
PORT OF SPAIN,  Trinidad, January 17, 2020-  Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young has sug­gest­ed that the recent upsurge in random shootings and homicides in Trinidad is the result of a de­lib­er­ate at­tempt by certain elements to desta­bilise the government of Trinidad and Tobago

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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