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PNPYO says no to Tivoli enquiry

Wednesday, May 08, 2013    

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THE People's National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO), the young affiliates of the current Government, says it is against the decision to hold a commission of enquiry into the May 2010 Tivoli Gardens operation.

In a release last night, the PNPYO said that it had taken note of discussions in the public about the call for the enquiry into the operation staged by the security forces, and the treatment of residents in Tivoli Gardens.

"Whilst we are cognisant of reports of killings and abuse on the residents at the time of the incursion and the State of Emergency that followed, the PNPYO at this time does not support a commission of enquiry into the operations," the release said.

The PNPYO said its position was influenced, primarily, by the following reasons:

* The PNPYO in 2010 requested and protested that the Terms of Reference in the Manatt, Phelps and Phillips Enquiry be extended to include operations of the security forces and reported killings.

* The country did not budget for such an enquiry and we have a tight fiscal space within which to operate.

* The events leading up to the "incursion" were on the basis of a declaration of war by criminals who barricaded the community and used sandbags and other military-type preparation for serious defence.

* State agencies, including Ministry of Labour, Ministry of National Security, KSAC and private sector companies have already spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the residents and communities to bring a sense of normalcy.

* The JLP-led Administration, which at the time was led by the then MP for West Kingston, former Prime Minister Bruce Golding, did not see fit for such a commission, despite having the most information from all entities involved.

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