The many gangs of Trinbago
THE Police Service has pieced together a Criminal Gang Intelligence Unit — an anti-gang squad. For an anti-gang squad to have relevance it must have the ability to identify gangs. URP workers are often called gangs of workers. They have group affiliation, group symbols, group colours. To press for demands they often rage.
The Parliament comprises a number of gangs: the PNM, UNC, COP, NJAC, TOP and others. Here too there is affiliation, raging, bullying, intimidation tactics. The media often runs video clips showing citizens begging for an end to misery inflicted by state action or inaction.
The business groupings have their goals with methods of achieving ends. They have group symbols, they privately exploit citizens of wealth and opportunity leading many to misery. Case in point: CLICO and HCU. All use fear tactics. All bully in diverse ways. One glorified gang — "the shared company and state enterprises directorships gang" — stuck T&T with a $20 billion CLICO bailout bill, leaving thousands in misery and many to early "death" and sudden "debt'' in one swift blow.
Thus, define gang.
Will the Criminal Gang Intelligence Unit be able to stop the "Section 34" gang from ascenting to legislation that acquits their members of formal charges? How will the Criminal Gang Intelligence Unit stop the Section 34 gang from putting into law provisions that pardon their members from being charged with multimillion dollar crimes?