Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Kamla condemns violence at launch

Government will not tolerate lawlessness and indiscipline in society, says Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

Her comments came on the heels of a violent incident at the launch of Government's Colour Me Orange programme at the Hilton Trinidad hotel on Tuesday.

She said in a statement on Tuesday night that the incident was unforgivable.

"The unfortunate, sad outbreak of violence is unforgivable, and I condemn it outright, but for me, it is also unforgettable. Turned inside out, it is a cry which we emphatically began to answer this morning. I do not believe the few who sought to break the spirit of camaraderie and hopefulness (Tuesday) succeeded.

"The large majority of those gathered this morning showed a recognition of the great significance of what was before them. And no one can halt the positive social programme which has been introduced," she said.

"While we will continue to be intolerant of any indiscipline and lawlessness, the incident that erupted so suddenly is symptomatic of the very problem the initiative has been developed to address. That is why I referred to the need for Colour Me Orange and the whole $300 million social agenda employment programme launched as a State of Urgency," said Persad-Bissessar.

"We cannot continue to ignore these signs of frustration and dysfunctional relationships. It is easy to simply condemn what occurred without looking at the root cause of the issue.

"Instead of giving up as so many have done in the past, we will seek a clearer understanding by creating a more enabling environment; rather than seeing these misguided young minds as a problem, we will pursue solutions such as Colour Me Orange," she added.