“We are very concerned about gang activity in this country.” The words of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley who spoke earlier during a media conference in the wake of protest action on Monday and Tuesday, in Port-of-Spain and other areas.

The Prime Minister says so called gang members must come together to put down the gun and stop any violence. He further expressed concern over any plans by such members of nefarious groups, to target police officers in Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Rowley maintained that the protests were all organised, explaining that intelligence suggested that “two by four politicians” and criminals were behind the mass protests.

The Prime Minister today highlighted a programme that was initiated 16 years ago that was aimed at helping efforts to foster change in areas such as Laventille and Morvant. He said the programme was shut down by the opposition who criticised it for being discriminatory. Dr. Rowley however said the government will move ahead now with a new programme aimed at doing same, with persons like Minister of Arts and Culture, Nyan Gadsby Dolly and radio broadcaster, Hans DesVignes forming part of the committee.