Beetham residents have it too nice
I am writing in response to the grave inconvenience the residents of Beetham Gardens imposed upon me and, more importantly, my children on Monday. How can a portion of the population be so selfish and cruel to the rest of the nation by strategically choosing the first day of the school term to mastermind a riot?
This riot is a result of the unfortunate shooting of 23-year-old Christopher Greaves during a mobile patrol in the area. Yes, we are all disheartened, as another Trinbagonian son is laid to rest; however, the way these residents choose to demonstrate their concern is unacceptable.
Why don’t they stage these fiery protests when there are gang-related crimes occurring among themselves? Why don’t they exert the the same amount of effort, or even half, on rehabilitating their youths and fixing their community? How can the rest of the nation feel empathy when they react in such barbaric and inconsiderate ways?
My shock and horrification was then heightened even more after watching the late-night news, when I saw the behaviour of the area residents. There was shooting at the police, yet no one was arrested? Too much freedom. There was also a blatant lack of law, order and respect... Too much freedom again. The police force needs to exercise its lawful rights as tear gas and rubber bullets are proving to be not enough.
This is not the first time the entire nation has been seriously disrupted from their day-to-day lives by the reactions emerging from these communities and I urge the Government to take a more draconian approach. I vividly remember Manning, during his regime, threatening in Parliament to “beef up” security during the ex-Caroni workers’ potential protest.
However, everyone, to my dismay, has conveniently forgotten these days. People are all too comfortable with the amount of freedom they are currently luxuriating in, and have forgotten the Manning days. Too much freedom is not a good thing, case in point: the excruciating four-hour car ride which I, my children and so many other families suffered through.
In every modern society, there has to be a balance between two things: the exercising of free speech/expression and the control of such speech/expression so that there is still preservation of peace and order. During the Patrick Manning regime, there was too much restraint; and during the People’s Partnership regime, we are given too much freedom.
I encourage the Government to find this balance. Please exercise more restraint and control in these situations. Stating this more colloquially, these people “have it too nice” from this Government.