Tuesday, August 23, 2011

We Want Some Amnesty...

"What's going on. Things upside down. Like TNT turn a gun town." ~Benjai

This morning, as I was conducting my routine Facebook, BBM and Twitter checks, I kept noticing people referring to a curfew in Trinidad, pictures of police roaming the streets fully armed, and someone babbling about moving out of Trinidad. Not wanting to sound totally out of the loop I went directly to my greatest resource Google and found this brief article on CNN.com.

Authorities impose curfews on Trinidad and Tobago

By the CNN Wire Staff
August 22, 2011 12:30 p.m. EDT
Port Of Spain, Trinidad (CNN) -- A partial state of emergency was imposed Monday on crime hotspots across Trinidad and Tobago, and the government said it will enforce curfews in certain areas to curb the spiraling rate of drug-related murders in the Caribbean islands.
This weekend alone, 11 people were fatally shot, bringing the total for the year so far to 264, authorities said.
Speaking to the media, Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar, who took office 16 months ago said her national security advisers believe the discovery and seizure of large amounts of cocaine this past week may be responsible for the untenable situation.
She said, "We will search them out and bring them to swift justice," noting that her government will not allow a handful of thugs to hold ransom the majority of law abiding citizens of Trinidad and Tobago which celebrates its 49th year of independence on August 31.
I'm actually shocked by this turn of events although maybe I shouldn't be. My thoughts are with everyone in Trinidad including my family and close friends who live in the designated "hotspots" that currently have the 9pm-5am curfew. I'm sure curfew parties will be in full effect this weekend. ;0)

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