'Yeah yeah... yawn!'
SUNDAY'S peace march in West Kingston has left Jamaica Observer online readers divided on the effectiveness of such intervention in the fight against crime. The march involved National Security Minister Peter Bunting, Police Commissioner Owen Ellington and other members of the top tier of the constabulary, and approximately 1,000 residents of communities in that part of the city. Sunday's march follows similar activities in East Kingston. Here are some edited comments:
This march is a step in the right direction. These marches MUST be more frequent in all parts of the country, NOT just in the troubled areas ...Doing this would create a movement which the country badly needs to wipe out this crime monster. It's also good to see the police doing their meet and greet. Very good move.
@liqcocktails: It can only be a step in the right direction if they were going to confiscate the guns and ammo. They all know, the whole a dem know who are the criminals. Dem bettah come outah di road an mind one of those uninsured vehicles give the hypocrites dem just what they are looking for.
They finally decide to become civilised citizens after decades of the "mi a badman" mentality... Well, it took a long time but good for them if they mean it and it's not just a publicity stunt.
March fi peace? Dem fi tell dem gunman family members fi tap rob and kill people. Dem fi tap believe every relative ah innocent. How do they expect crime fi go down when every family have gunman? This is just another waste of time. I can't believe the commish have time fi dis nonsense. Him fi get rid of the corrupt thieving policemen him have in di force too cause that ah contribute to di hypocrisy. Enough of di march and prayer.
Why is our army sitting idle while West Kingston is engulfed in anarchy? The criminals have waged war on the people, so it's time to send in the troops.
@Elliott Herman: Well I guess because the last two or three times they were deployed it was a massive failure which ended in too many lives lost and no real progress towards a true solution. Think a little harder than
Peace marches and breakfast prayer meetings are all a total waste of time but provides entertainment for a few. What is expected to be gained from these sporadic meetings?
What we need is for the police to engage the residents in respectful conversation and build trust. This will enable the people to see that they can have confidence in the police and feel secure enough to spill the beans on the criminals and crooks. However, both sides have lots of work to do with engaging each other by interacting more with sports, helping the young people with their school work, teaching them manners, etc.
When good people come together, great things can happen. Remember the saying: "All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing". People must be given the opportunity to truly be ''thy brother's keeper." If the code of silence is broken, the police can be far more effective .
Congratulations to the residents of West Kingston who went on the roads to show their disdain and disregard for violence. Their effort should be a message and example to politicians of all parties that the ordinary people are tired of poverty, being poor and tired of crime, violence and exploitation.
Yeah yeah... yawn!
The people of West Kingston need to be able to live in peace once and for all. I am surprised as to why their MP would have stayed away from this important event. Time for someone in the community to take over from Desmond.
We have tried prayers, prayer meetings, prayer breakfasts and prayer luncheons and still the violence continues unabated. It seems like now the modus operandi has switched to walk up an dung. Crime is not solved this way folks.
...Marching is a waste of time. When I lived in Jamaica, we did lots of that. Complete waste of time.
A total waste of time — these people NEED WORK— real sustainable work.
While we all are pleased with this march, the authorities should be concerned that only about one thousand of the people were present. There were ten times that amount when it was announced that DUDUS was to be extradited. So, for obvious reasons, the rest stayed home. That would, to me, indicate fear. So this should not be taken lightly. Constant surveillances and patrols are still needed for this community, with people-police interactions.
"The police would leave no stone unturned." But Mr Ellington, what is done to these gangs or gang members when they are found under these stones? Why not drop the stone on them? Sir, I want to believe we are in an endless loop with the way Jamaica handles criminals. It has to be changed.