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law enforcement and crime in T&T? That
is the question we need to ask ourselves
because of today's effort," he said.
He said there were measures in place to
deal with issues of crime and new strate-
gies were planned for this year.
Dillon said the rally was a very timely
initiative to deal with crime and extended
his appreciation for the rally.
"I don't see this as a sign of protest of
any sort but as a coming together as the
people of T&T to make a difference who
wants to stand up for something that af-
fects everyone of us," he said.
"We have bystanders who criticize and
so on. Where are they today to make a
stand as you are doing?"
Dillon said the law enforcement are the
end of the spectrum and minds of indi-
viduals are already shaped and wider in-
tervention was needed.
"Crime impacts as as an individual and
a level of the state. The police and other
We all have a part to play and level of
the communities. This is where I see your
input and initiative to treat with the crim-
inality of T&T," he said.
Sunity Maharaj, managing director of
the Lloyd Best Institute of the West In-
dies, said politicians were representatives
and support was necessary for people lost
to crime and guidance counsellors were
needed in schools along with constitution
She said all institutions needed to be
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800 Tobago houses
The Tobago Forwards is promising 800 new
houses in four years and thousands of jobs to
ease unemployment problem in its blueprint
for change ahead of the January 28 Tobago
House of Assembly (THA) elections.
Political leader Christlyn Moore said over the
past 16 years under the People's National Move-
ment unemployment on the island had increased
and many had to rely on make-work programmes.
She said that "70 per cent of labour is locked into
CEPEP and URP. Great hardship, great victimisa-
tion, people evicted from houses if they not red."
Moore said Tobagonians had an opportunity to
change things and detailed elements of the blue-
print which she described as comprehensive. She
said it addresses key areas: sports, culture, land
use, land management, energy, agriculture, fish-
eries, education, tourism, housing and unemploy-
ment. The Tobago Forwards leader said with the
PNM-led THA there had been "great under-per-
formance" with just 350 houses built over 16 years
making for an average of 21 houses a year.
"That is a day care approach to a university
problem," she said.
Moore said if elected the Forwards would ensure
the housing sector takes off.
She said the island's road network had been
neglected and accused the ruling party of giving
"great friends, great contracts to do nothing." She
said a Tobago Forwards-led THA would widen and
expand the road network while at the same time
creating 1,500 new jobs in its first term. Moore said
over the years there had been significant cost over-
runs on a projects: "$1 billion in cost over-runs on
the cultural complex, $270 millions in over-runs
on the library, $185 million in over-runs on the
Moore said while tourist arrivals in the Car-
ibbean are on the increase, it had been falling in
Tobago. "They spent $500 million in marketing
but international arrivals down by 80 per cent,"
she said, adding that many hotels on the island
are under deep financial stress. She said a Tobago
Forwards-led THA would set up a new depart-
ment of tourism which she said would provide a
framework for proper development of the island's
Dillon heckled at anti-crime rally
National Security Minister Edmund Dillon
was heckled yesterday during an anti-crime
rally outside the Parliament building.
"What are you doing? You not doing nothing,"
shouted Woodbrook resident Kevin de Freitas.
"You come here to do a job. You is a joke. Do your
job, you is a waste of time. Do your job. Do your
job," he said.
Other members of the crowd joined, chanting
"Do your job"
Several organisations and NGOs gathered at the
Waterfront complex to take part in the Side by Side
We Stand for T&T rally, which gained momentum
after the December murder of bank employee Shan-
Speaking after the event Dillon said: "That is
not the majority of the response and you will al-
ways have a minority of people who have their own
The reason for this is bringing civil society to-
gether and therefore in a world of interdependence
National Security cannot do it alone. It must be
based on a collective effort of T&T.
"When you ask the minister what he is doing,
what are you doing? What are we doing as citizens
Participants during the of Side by Side We Stand for T&T rally outside the Parliament
building yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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