by Linda Straker
- Trinidad police in Grenada is fake news
- Carnival Cancellation bill removed 10 and 11 August 2020 as holidays under Banking Holiday law
- 10 and 11 August 2020 are normal working days
Superintendent Vannie Curwen, Head of the Community Relations Department of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF), has described as fake news, the claim that there are police officers from Trinidad and Tobago to assist Grenada with the enforcement of law over 8-11 August period. “Fake News,” he responded in a text message sent via WhatsApp.
When asked to explain the presence of officers who appear to be posted or camping at a primary school in St John, Curwen said, “I would not discuss our operational design. You can expect to see us out in force this weekend providing services where it is needed. We have cancelled our passes and off duties to ensure that we have adequate hands on deck.”
Trending during the morning of Saturday, 8 August 2020 on Facebook and other social media platforms, were postings that 300 police officers from Trinidad are in Grenada to help RGPF enforce the law. This, in anticipation that many will defy the carnival cancellation law and take to the streets in numbers on 10 August – the day previously designated as Carnival Monday.
During May, the Spicemas Corporation announced the cancellation of Carnival 2020 because of Covid-19. Both the Lower and Upper Houses of Parliament subsequently approved the Carnival Cancellation bill which provides for removing 10 and 11 August as holidays under the Banking Holiday law.
Despite the cancellation, many artistes released music for 2020 and the Spicemas Corporation started a virtual carnival experience which was officially cancelled without explanation. However, a private promoter was allowed to have a cyber competition at the National Stadium.
André Lewis, trade union representative in the Upper House has told workers that 10 and 11 August 2020 are normal working days and they should report to their workplaces for duty.
I don’t think the Holidays should be canceled. The use of COVID-19 to cancel our art form, heritage is disgusting. The trade unions should never support this. To me, Carnival is very important and is more than wine juk. While large crowds associated with Carnival activities can cause the spread of COVID-19 the actual holidays should never be canceled.
The same folks who advocate the cancellation of Carnival holidays celebrate those of Canada, USA and the U.K. Carnival is and should be more important than the economic/ monetary value. The white denied and oppressed slaves practicing their culture and kept them fields on the plantations because of economic reasons.
In Canada, U.K and U.S there is fight to have emancipation recognized as a holiday but in Grenada we sought to devalue this period.
What else can the government use COVID-19 to cancel. For we as a people who went through a revolution I am surprised that we accept this.
Keith Mitchell is doing a superb job to safe his people. Very sad to know some people are still in denial. YOU COULD NOT HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB by now the country would have gone to ruin. Making invalid negetive statement will not get you anywhere. I live abroad, and i am a Grenadian, and i am ver very proud the way my island has been positively maintained. Enough people are praising this little island, and is one of the safest place right now on earth to live. WELL DONE GOVERNMENT.
Why in this day and age we still talk about a police force. Citizens have to understand that police are not there to protect them. They serve at the behest of the rich. Police force the oppressive laws down the throats of the ppl whether it serves the ppl or not. In a just equitable society there’ll be no need for a police force. We should work to eradicate the police. That would take serious changes in our mindset. Wake up Africans.
Im lost for words at how dounce your comment is? if you deem yourself to be someone who possess a functional brain you would quickly realize your comment is only self serving and would not fix any problems which exist in the world! You degenerates wish for the Force to be no more so you can run amok like vandals! civilization would be brought to its knees and we would be no different from wild men or neanderthals. The peace of mind you enjoy today would be a lost memory. I doubt you would be able to sleep in peace at nights. We take things for granted and when its gone and s**t hits the fan we cry long tears! its like the woman you bad talk but still lay in bed with.
Ta hesi, you’re living in Lala land if you think for one second we don’t need police. As long as there are individuals out there right at this moment planning to rape, steal, assault and abuse kids and the elders makes it vital to have law enforcement. You better get your head straight fast. Nothing to do with poverty or wealth. Don’t get caught up in the American way of thinking, only stupid do.
Just look at the last 2 1/2 months.
Hey Grenadians wake up do research don’t you know that you government is running the country under martial law and Keith Mitchell is your supreme ruler? Wake my peoples wake your handler Keith,is just doing what his handlers tell him to.
Wake up indeed my people, Marshall law is at your door a Sunday law is on its way and many people are ignorant of it. Rev 13 describes what will happen, men will be forced to worship on a day which God has not ordained. Covid is just a cover up to instil fear in the people, to take away your basic human rights and to deceive the whole world as Rev 13:13, 14 says and every government leader knows what is taking place. Christ is about to put in an appearance and every man must make a decision to worship the beast or to worship God. The beast is Rome and the image of the beast is the enforcement of a Sunday law.
Am I the only person that saw those racist comments I.e. coon?
And yes we under martial/Marshall law? We know Keith is the dictator and what? How we fixing it? The world police run the world. Look at Venezuela and Guyana. So even if we overthrow/vote out Keith and world police ain’t like who we vote in then they can come and change it cause we have no might (Armies/missiles etc.) to stop it.
And Mr. James, your theory is an SDA one, not biblical. The image of the beast is white jesus…. that’s the image present in each and every religion. Go and read same revelation which tells you the description of christ. No Sunday law ain’t passing. The “Jewish” people run the show. You really think they will pass a law that will affect them? Go and read revelation again where christ speaks about the synagogue of satan and those who claim to be Jews and are not. Read about the abomination of desolation.
Yea the world soon end. But its not what you think it will be. Religion is the tool used by our oppressors to keep us divided. Go and research when religion started… while we were in slavery and we couldn’t read. They fed us what they wanted to and we went with it… hook, line, and sinker. We follow today what massa gave us. Not one religious denomination is in the bible. Stop following doctrines of men. We are Israel and its time to wake up before christ returns.
I’m one who love carnival dearly, however, if that’s the way to contain covid-19 I’m all in. SADDDDD but we will get through it