MOMENTS after National Security Minister Jack Warner was able to get the residents of two warring Port of Spain streets to come together, the peace treaty threatened to be destroyed.
Warner led a team of Cabinet ministers to the Eastern Boys' Government Primary School at George Street, Port of Spain, on Tuesday night to hear the plight of residents from surrounding streets.
The meeting, which was held in the courtyard of the school compound, started around 8 p.m.
Around 9.53 p.m. the meeting ended on a high note when Warner got residents from Duncan Street and Nelson Street– two areas that have been engaged in gang warfare– to come together.
Warner called the residents from the two warring streets to come to the front of the head table and "show love" to each other.
The residents, hugged, exchanged fist bumps and handshakes.
Pastor Wilma Kelly prayed for the residents.
She prayed that the "love would remain".
However, even before Warner and the other ministers left the compound a "cuss out" erupted near the entrance of the Eastern Boys' Government Primary School.
The war of words began as the result of a statement which was perceived to be disrespectful during the contribution of Donne Simon.
Simon started her contribution by stating she was once a resident of Nelson Street but moved out of the area three years ago.
Simon said she now lives at the Housing Development Corporation's Oropune Gardens housing development.
She still owns a business on Nelson Street, Simon said.
Simon complained that while she underwent stringent criteria to obtain her home at Oropune Gardens now the State was sending "fire victims, rape victims, man beating the victim and all kind of victim" to the area.
"I did not spend my money for that okay, now you all want people to upgrade, I have upgraded not to high class but to middle class so why should I still have to deal with the low class, you think that fair" Simon said.
This statement caused an uproar from the crowd.
Warner eventually had to leave the head table and calm down the crowd.
The meeting continued without disruption, however Simon was confronted when she left the school's compound.
Elizabeth Greasley yesterday called on Warner to help the East Port of Spain residents because they have been neglected for "far too long".
Greasley however told Warner she would be victimised for her statements.
"I stand up here tonight and I talk but you see after I reach home I going to be getting phone calls about how ungrateful I am, but the problem is I am not being ungrateful, I live in a community that getting fight down for years so I am prepared to die the death of a martyr to save my community," Greasley said.
"Last year when the Prime Minister came on the scene and announced the police initiatives I went and I spoke to her by the time I reach from the bridge to where I living on Duncan Street I get a call from the People's National Movement saying how ungrateful I am from Miss Marlene McDonald," she said.