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Govt Senator calls on Baptist community:
Join me in Enterprise to pray
A Government Senator
has called on all members
of the Spiritual Shouter
Baptist faith to join him
in Enterprise at 6 am on
Palm Sunday to pray for
the crime-riddled commu-
nity where a temporary po-
lice post has recently since
been set up in an effort to
halt the killings.
Issuing the call at the St Ann's
Metaphysical Baptist Church at
Mc Bean Village, Couva, where
he worships, Senator Foster
Cummings spent a few minutes
saying a special prayer for the
community where eight peo-
ple have been killed for the year,
five, within this month. There
have also been fiery protests by
residents over police victimi-
"We cannot sit and just see
these young men slaughter
themselves and not offer love
and attention," said Cummings
as he called on Baptists, non
Baptists, residents of cen-
tral Trinidad and non residents
to say a prayer for the young
He added: "All Baptist people
from all over T&T I invite you
to pray with me..I call on each
and everyone of you to join with
me in Enterprise. We going to
sing, we going to shout and call
on Jesus." Calling on them to
dress up in their nice Baptist
clothes, Cummings asked
them to come to Enterprise
and "shout like never before"
and pray for the community.
Commenting on crime sit-
uation, Archbishop Patrick
Brown said Spiritual Baptists
should revert to the old time
days when they took charge of
their communities and prayed
for the villagers, particular-
ly young people. "I think the
Spiritual Baptist now have to
come together and in every
community they have to give
prayers and thanks to get this
crime how we want to get it.
More prayers, rejoicing and
talking to youths in the are-
as. If you are in a community
you should be able to control
people in your area."
Also commenting to Arch-
bishop Barbara Burke criticism
of the $40,000 Government
funding for their celebra-
tions, Brown said he was not
concerned about the money.
"Money will not solve crime,
prayers and love and unity will
Cummings said he believes
that funding Burke referred to
was allocated to just one group.
Spiritual leader calls for limited SoE in Enterprise:
IRO head: It will solve nothing
Archbishop Barbara Burke is recom-
mending a limited state of emergency in
crime-infested Enterprise as law enforce-
ment officers are seemingly impotent.
Burke made the call while speaking to
members of the media during yesterday's
Spiritual Shorter Baptist Day Celebrations
held at the empowerment hall in Maloney.
Yesterday was also observed as 100 years
since the Shouters Prohibition Ordinance
was proclaimed in November 1917.
Within the last few days there have been
a spate of killings in Enterprise.
There have also been clashes between
the police and residents, the latest being
on Friday when peak hour traffic along the
Chaguanas Main Road was brought to a
standstill, after residents blocked the road
with debris and set it on fire protesting what
they claim was the "unfair" arrest of 12 men
from the area.
In the Senate on Tuesday National Se-
curity Edmund Dillon said it was govern-
ment's intention to build a police station
in Enterprise as he urged lawmen to wage
"war" on unruly or other negative elements
in the community.
Burke said the limited state of emergen-
cy in Enterprise would enable the police to
search homes of suspected criminals, keep
people off the streets from a certain hour and
"stop people from burning down the place
and kicking down people door and killing
them in their homes."
But she said part of the police's problem
was its abysmal detection rate.
"Detection is low. You must be able to
detect the crime first and then to charge.
"We let things go out of hand. We have to
hold the bull by its horns," Burke said
Burke also claimed that Baptist groups
affiliated with the PNM Government had
received more money than her organisation.
This year, Burke said, she received
$40,000 from the Government, the same
figure as that of last year.
But she said there was a particular group
which got $350,000 this year from the gov-
She said despite the ban being lifted on
Baptist celebrations there were too many
splinter groups without have true commit-
ment to the faith.
Head of the Inter Religious Organisation
(IRO), Bro Harrypersad Maharaj, who also
attended yesterday's celebrations, howev-
er, said a limited state of emergency would
"Most of the murders are actually hap-
pening around certain places and the law
enforcement agencies need to be more alert
in those areas and hopefully we can bring a
solution to what is happening," Maharaj said.
He said the country could only hope that
plans by Dillon would bear fruit.
On the proposal to build a police station
in Enterprise Maharaj said this might be a
"limited deterrent," adding that more focus
ought to be placed on community policing.
"It is how the police interact with the
public in general. You need to build rela-
tionships. Community policing is a step in
the right direction.
"But if Enterprise people are not willing
to cooperate with the police then the police
could not do that much," Maharaj said.
He said the problem was not necessarily
the young gunmen in Enterprise but rath-
er the people who were "handing" the guns
Social activist Hazel Brown, who was also
present, said worrying about this country's
crime situation offered no help.
"How is worrying any help? If you have to
worry about crime and violence you have to
think about what you can do to help," Brown
said, urging that long-term solutions must
She said she intended to begin a project
soon aimed at promoting peace in the home.
"That is where children have learnt to be
Worshippers from the St Ann's Metaphysical Baptist Church during their Spiritual Shouter Baptist Liberation Day celebrations
at Mc Bean, Couva, yesterday. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
violent and if you don't start doing something now
about that it will get worse," Brown said.
On a limited state of emergency she said this was
not the answer.
"If it didn't work on the previous occasion why
would it work now? People are looking for easy solu-
tions where they might not have to do anything.
"The solutions we have to find have to involve
everybody," Brown said.
And to reach out to troubled youths she said their
language must first be understood before urging them
to put down the guns.
" What is the language you will use to communicate
that? Those English words? Do they use or understand
that language? I don't think they do.
"Ask them to spell 'put down,'" Brown said.
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