St Vincent Opposition Says Time To Stem The Crime Spree In SVG

Photo Grab Youtube Opposition Leader Dr Godwin Friday


The New Democratic Party (NDP) remains deeply concerned with the rising level of homicides in this country, especially after having two consecutive years of record homicides.

The most recent incident, the heinous chopping to death of James Gould earlier this month brought the homicide count in our once-blessed nation to 18 this year.

His death in but the latest in a seemingly rash spell of brutal murders that undoubtedly affects Vincentians to the very core.

The seemingly endless reports of homicides, attempted homicides and wounding are creating a fast-growing feeling of fear and insecurity among the people of this country and must be viewed against the backdrop of the broader crime situation which includes everything from praedial larceny and robberies through to excessive corruption.

Since taking office the number of murders committed in a single year have expanded exponentially.

The Vincentian public have long lost confidence in the capacity of the existing security forces to bring crime under control and are disenchanted with the Justice system to the point where some communities and individuals are now taking matters into their own hands through vigilante-type activities.

The ULP regime which committed itself to waging a war on crime and the causes of crime has offered no discernible, acceptable response to what appears to be a veritable crime spree amid growing disrespect for human life.

The government’s responses have taken the form of a seemingly garrulous presentation on the sociology of crime by Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and what may have been a street-level analysis from Julian Francis – who essentially told law abiding Vincentians that they were safe once they walked on their side of the road and let the criminals shoot and kill on the other side of the road.

In contrast, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and the ULP have, within twenty-four hours of an uncorroborated assassination attempt in Venezuela, issued a strongly worded public condemnation and justified a rally in support of President Nicolas Maduro.

Yet they maintain an apparent indifference to the murders and criminal mayhem that have overtaken our country. The question must therefore be asked, where do the lives of Vincentians fall relative to President Nicolas Maduro?

The NDP calls on the government, particularly the Minister of National Security, to be proactive and bring the nation together to address crime, and crime-related issues in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The once much-vaunted ‘Contract with Civil Society’ spoke so much about collective action in the public interest only to be cast aside, left gathering dust while the leadership engages in the usual bravado of how well the nation is doing – a truly blinkered perspective if ever there was one.

The NDP urges The Vincentian public to be vigilant. Let us unite to take back our country from the criminal elements who are anxious to take us down a horrible path of death and destruction.

We implore anyone with information that might assist the police in their investigations to provide it to the police and we call on the police to redouble their efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice.

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  1. There is so much that needs to be done to reduce crime in Saint Vincent. I agree 100% with Godwin Friday that for the long term the government has to create a better environment for other activities, such as business and education so that a career in crime becomes less attractive for those wanting to earn a living. The way to do this is to make the country attractive for business, and to have a place for our youth to work after they get an education. At present the government is doing the opposite. The only avenue for entrepreneur-minded people in Saint Vincent is STREET VENDOR. Raising taxes does not attract people to do business, it turns investors off! The present government is going the wrong way! Business does not come to Saint Vincent because the cost of doing business in Saint Vincent is way too high and look at how much time it takes and cost to go through Customs compared to efficient and wealthy nations! By having sky-high taxes and Customs duties is the opposite of what we should be doing. The USA and Singapore became rich by having low taxes. The government of Saint Vincent only becomes temporarily rich with all the high taxes. In the long term our high taxes make the country (and government) poorer. The reduction of our Corporate Income Tax by 2% is a joke. We still have the third-highest Corporate tax in the world.
    Too bad those in our government know or learned nothing from Economic history. Leaders also have to make sacrifices, not just force the sacrifice onto the people in more and more austerity, (raising taxes is also known as austerity), and no austerity for the government, only more and more and more.
    Someone needs to inform the government that biting-off the hand that feeds you is not going to get them more food.
    As the government continues to squeeze the people, more of those inclined to do so, will become more inclined to get involved in some sort of crime, corruption, theft, smuggling, etc… even murder while they rob people.

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