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"Laventille is not a place any more, Laventille
is a culture. They are seeing that Laventille
defies the system and Laventille wins. The
teacher tells me I am dunce and puts me out
the class but I defy her and make it. "
Greaves, from San Fernando, who played Roy
in the popular Roy and Gloria domestic violence
television series, began working with Laventille
gangs more than seven years ago when he went
to do a drama class in the area.
"They shoot up the class and then apologised
when they found out who I was," he recalled.
Since then he has been working with the
gangs with the assistance of government agen-
cies, religious leaders and NGOs.
"When there s a shooting, to prevent it from
escalating I would go in and try to talk to the
boys and get them to hold," he said.
Greaves said he did his "little part" in the
recent gang warfare between Duncan and Nel-
son Streets but conceded, "It s a slow, hard
Government contracts and drugs had a part
to play but the recent gang violence was only
the continuation of a bigger war, he said.
It all goes back to the control of turf.
"Without alliances, you have no guns, no
support, you will get swallowed up. Somebody
has to give you backup," Greaves said.
"If you lose the key to your brain and go
unguarded even in a neutral area, you could get
killed. Women from Duncan Street cannot go
the George Street health clinic. They will kill
But Greaves said he had seen a "small
improvement" since he began working with the
"When I went it there, I was alone. I now
have a team of former gangsters working with
"When people have guns, it s difficult to tell
them, Let s try to resolve this by talking. "
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Moonilal: AG looking at
tougher anti-gang laws
for 20th AUGUST, 2013
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan is
reviewing anti-gang legislation with a view
of strengthening it, Housing Minister Dr
Roodal Moonilal said yesterday.
He made the comment during a site visit
to road-paving works in Barrackpore, which
falls within his Oropouche East constituen-
cy.At the time he was responding to ques-
tions on whether he felt the release of 12
suspected gang members in east Port-of-
Spain was a repeat of what happened during
the 2011 state of emergency, when more
than 400 alleged gang members were
released without charge because of a lack
"In this case I think about 112 persons
were detained, about 50 to 40 per cent were
released," said Moonilal.
"One trusts the police will have enough
evidence and information to prosecute cer-
tain persons. About 50 persons or so may
He admitted that several issues would
have influenced the police s decision to the
release the suspects.
"It speaks of course to other issues of
detection and the criminal offences, in par-
ticular the nature of those offences and the
requirements of the prosecution to conduct
a case," he said.
"These are matters that, you know, we
will continue to look at, but I am happy
that at least 50 persons were, so the police
believe they have sufficient evidence, work-
ing with the DPP, to undertake prosecu-
On threats of legal action by the 12 freed
suspects, he said legal action was a right of
all citizens who feel they were unjustly treat-
ed.However, he said the people who were
arrested were well known to law enforcement
officers and their sobriquets is "well-known
Alluding to the setting up of a police/army
post at Duncan Street, he said there was a
lot of gang-related violence in east Port-
"But I think we are undertaking a review
of the gang legislation and the Attorney
General will look at this matter to see how
we can strengthen that law," he said.
"But in absence of that I am very happy
that 50 to 60 of the persons they have held,
they feel comfortable that they can pros-
Satisfied with the police efforts to arrest
gang rivalry in the east Port-of-Spain area,
Moonilal said he was hopeful that in the
new session of Parliament more legislation
and harsher penalties would be introduced
to assist the police in the fight against crime.
(with reporting by Rishi Ragoonath)
Members of the armed services participate in a dress rehearsal for the Independence Day Parade on at the Queen's Park Savannah,
now a culture
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