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Students at march
Scores of students from primary and second-
ary schools along the East/West Corridor have
signaled their displeasure with the unacceptable
levels of crime as they marched for four and a
half miles demanding the authorities take back
the country from criminals.
Calling for a stop to the senseless killings, domes-
tic abuse, bullying, and violence against women and
children, 20 students from 49 schools each joined
hands with the Police Service to openly declare their
commitment to reducing crime in their respective
schools and communities.
The students were also joined by a small contingent
from the Youth Training Centre.
Converging on the Eddie Hart Savannah, Tacarigua,
on Friday close to two hours after their scheduled
start from the St Augustine Secondary School, the
students and their teachers were joined by officers of
the Police Service, Defence Force, Coast Guard, Air
Guard and Prison Service as they braved the overcast
conditions and intermittent showers.
Attracting curious looks from pedestrians and mo-
torists along the route, some walked a couple steps
with the group as an act of solidarity while passing
motorists honked their horns and flashed their lights.
Senior Supt of the Northern Division Mc Donald
Jacob described the event as an "Amnesty against
crime and criminality in the Northern Division."
As the Division with the highest incidents of crime
for 2016 and even now in 2017, Jacob said, "We want
to send a message that we don't intend to lose this
Vowing that he and his officers were prepared to do
what is required to get the level of crime down, Jacob
added, "We intend to do all that is necessary as we
work with the various MPs, residents, stakeholders
and the Mayor of Arima. Once we join forces, we can
address this problem of crime and criminality in the
Pointing to the large crowd, Jacob added: "The
young people are the future of T&T and they are get-
ting the message. With their support, we will make
the turn around."
Seeking to demonstrate that all arms of law enforce-
ment "mean business and need the communities to
support," Jacob promised these efforts would continue
through mentorship activities they had established
with schools in each community.
He said it would become a monthly initiative to
meet and talk with students, followed by trips to the
prison where they could hear from reformed prisoners
about life behind bars.
Celebrating the positive feedback they had received
from the students, Jacob said, "They want a peace-
ful T&T. They want a place for the future for their
families can exist and they are actually supporting
ACP Northern and Eastern Divisions Stirling
Hackshaw commended Jacob and his officers for
the initiative as he told the students, "Everything is
in your path."
He urged them, "Whenever you see something,
say something to your parents or those in charge."
Admitting that crime was escalating, Hackshaw
said it was important for persons to work with the
police in order to get it under control.
St Augustine MP Prakash Ramadhar, who joined
the students for the walk said, "We have to protect the
future of the young people. If we can't fix the problem
of the past, we can certainly fix the problems of today
and prepare a better future for them."
Addressing the students, Ramadhar later said,
"Something has gone terribly wrong in this country
where even the lawful people are afraid."
Revealing his personal interaction with some of the
criminals currently incarcerated, Ramadhar advised
the students to make wise choices as he said one wrong
decision could determine a person's life in an instant.
To the YTC inmates, he agreed that while, "T&T
was a very forgiving place," they also had a respon-
sibility to walk the path of righteousness when they
were released and to assist others who may falter.
Works and Trans-
port Minister Rohan
Sinanan says widening
the bridge close to The
UWI Sport and Physical
Education Centre on the
St Augustine Circular
Road will be a priority
He was accompanied by
St Augustine MP Prakash
Ramadhar during his
On Saturday, Sinanan
toured the Laventille East/
with MP Adrian Leonce.
He said he and his team
went into the Beetham and
saw "a serious problem of
He said the drains need-
ed clearing and some
"The Beetham prob-
lem is defintely a water
problem and that will be
addressed," Sinanan said.
While in St Augustine,
he and Ramadhar spoke
to the media. One area of
concern for Ramadhar was
He said, "There is the
perennial problem of traf-
fic management. We just
looked at one of the bridg-
es that requires widening
because, as you know, this
is a university area and
there are many students
who are pedestrians on
that very narrow bridge."
He said he had an un-
dertaking from Sinanan
that the bridge would be
widened and a footpath be
installed for students "to
protect their lives."
He added that a large
part of St Augustine was
"river-based" and flood-
ing has been extreme.
He said timely interven-
tion for the cleaning of the
river courses was needed.
Another issue for him
was a lack of parking for
customers who patronise
food stalls on the strip
close to Grand Bazaar.
Ramadhar said, "I am a
member of the Opposition
but I thank the minister for
his time. This is a healthy
"This is The Universi-
ty of the West Indies. We
have a lot of foreign stu-
dents here. We will not
want an accident to take
place...an accident that
could have been avoided."
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