Friday 23 August, 2019

Roget: National Crime Plan a "sham"

The Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) has labelled the Government’s National Crime Prevention Plan a “sham” that will do nothing to alleviate the crime situation.

JTUM Leader Ancel Roget made the statement while he was accompanied by representatives of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA), the Banking and Insurance General Workers Union (BIGWU), the Trinidad and Tobago Registers Nurses Association (TTRNA), The Maxi Taxi Association, the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) and the Postal Workers Union (PWU).

The group gathered at Library Corner, San Fernando to mobilize members of the public to host a day of rest and reflection on September 7, to send a message to the Government that the country is dissatisfied with the crime situation.

Addressing the crime plan which was launched on Wednesday, Roget said it was a distraction for the public.

“We see where they unveiled what we consider to be a sham, something that will do absolutely nothing to protect the citizens. It’s just to hoodwink the population for yet another time or to appease the population not to get involved in rest and reflection on the 7th of September. That will do precious little or nothing to protect the lives of the citizen when the bandit, the gun-toting, sophisticated gun-toting bandit, comes to your door any hour of the day or night.”

The JTUM leader also chastised the Government who he believed placed more emphasis on finding a cell phone rather than protecting its citizens.

“We want them to commit the type of resources they committed to find the cell phone of the son of the real Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago... the same resources that they would have committed, commit that resources to find the missing persons, people are missing in this country and no resources are committed to finding those persons. People are murdered and no resources are committed to detect the murderers and so on and bring them to justice so it is a free-for-all unless and until it affects one of them.”

The PNM-led regime continues to face heavy criticism after the TTPS used intelligence and other resources to retrieve the cell phone of Finance minister Colm Imbert’s son, Adrian Imbert earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Roget said there are multiple methods required to treat with the issue of crime in T&T.

 “We want to address this crime situation from the prevention method and from the detection method and from the rehabilitation method; that is to say that lock the borders down, prevent the guns from coming in the country; that is to say take the guns off the streets and out of the hands of the criminals and also to ensure active and aggressive prison reform because shots are called from the prison.”

Roget urged the public and the business community to join the protest action in September. The Unions visited Arima and Chaguanas earlier today to spread the message.


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