Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has appealed to Barbadians to support efforts by the authorities to fight “this burgeoning problem” of violent crime that has plagued the country in recent months.
Stuart has also described those behind the current spate of crimes as cowards who exhibit “blatant disregard” for people’s lives.
In a message to mark the fifth anniversary of the Campus Trendz fire which claimed the lives of six young women, the Prime Minister observed that in the year since the last commemoration, “an alarming number of citizens” had either died or had become disabled as a result of increasing acts of violence, the level to which Barbadians were not accustomed.
“In view of this, it is vital that all Barbadians lend support to the efforts of the authorities as they seek to tackle this burgeoning problem and to bring to justice those who, through their cowardly actions, have exhibited a blatant disregard for human life. In addition, we must also be resolute in our efforts to convince this small group of individuals in the society that violence does not solve problems,” Stuart said in the statement.
He called on citizens to “ urge and assist” those committing these crimes to return to “those Christian values which have so ably guided their parents and fore-parents.”
“I encourage all Barbadians, therefore, to work together through the use of interventionist strategies, to address the problems faced as a result of the criminal elements in our society so that we can rescue not only the deviant few but ensure that the unacceptable behavior currently being exhibited does not become the norm,” he said.
Stuart said Government “fully supports” the request from the September 3rd Foundation Inc to commemorate the anniversary of the Campus Trendz tragedy and called on Barbadians to observe a minute’s silence at noon tomorrow in memory of those who lost their lives in the fire and “also those who, through violent acts, lost their lives since September 3, 2014.”