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PM Says Government Will Meet on Anti Gang Legislation Again.

PM Says Government Will Meet on Anti Gang Legislation Again.

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley addressed the media this afternoon on the issue of Carnival related national threats and the importance of the Anti Ga

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley addressed the media this afternoon on the issue of Carnival related national threats and the importance of the Anti Gang Bill now more than ever. The following are excerpts of his speech:

 

About a week before Carnival it came to the attention of the Government that there was specific action being planned against the Carnival parade.

The Carnival parade was protected by intervening to respond to the credible threats that we faced a week ago. I will say no more on this. From here on in we expect that the law will take its course. The operations are ongoing.

I do not know that we have faced this level of activity before and I want to thank the leadership of all the security services and those officers who worked round the clock so as to carry out the protection that was required to have this situation under control.

Carnival is an economic activity and to have it disrupted could have had far reaching consequences.

Today the Government met to review three areas the economy, the legislative and development programme. We spent a lot of time looking at the legislative programme esp in the areas in the fight against crime.

For a significant number of the crimes we really do need the Anti-Gang Legislation. We foresee that the Parliament will be meeting in very frequent sessions. There is a lot of work coming to the Parliament to bring us to a point where we can see the benefit of the legislation.

For a significant number of the crimes we really do need the Anti-Gang Legislation. We foresee that the Parliament will be meeting in very frequent sessions. There is a lot of work coming to the Parliament to bring us to a point where we can see the benefit of the legislation.

It is very correct for US spokespersons to say that they were not involved in any operations here. With respect to the information gathering it is an ongoing exercise between T&T and the US.

There are some people who believe that this is a joke and people who believe that this is personal persecution. Claims of religious and ethnic persecution hold no water. If you engage in criminal conduct you are subject to monitoring and intervention by security services.

We do have Anti-Terrorism legislation in the Parliament and all of this will strengthen our ability to deal with it.

We are expecting a meeting with the Opposition to deal with some matters related to the Anti-Gang Bill. I was troubled when it was being said that the country does not need Anti-Gang legislation. We do need it, a lot of the threats that we face are organised by groups of people.

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