Nov 8, 2011

D'Curfew is Over | Let the Fetes Begin!

Well, it had to come at some time and this is a really good time for the business and entertainment industries that have lost major income because of the Curfew restrictions.
The fete promoters should be ecstatic now that they will be able to promote their "nite-fetes" (Curfew fetes or lockup/locked in parties are over and done with for now). The party scene will be swinging again with all these new songs being released with no venue to flex and relax and lime - now they can.
The lime is on and it will be a mad rush to get the fetes going. Last night Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar lifted the curfew associated with the current State of Emergency. Take a deep breath Trinis but be aware that the State of Emergency is still in effect.

The curfew is over but that does not mean that the government and police will tolerate any lawlessness! New measures will be in place to ensure that during this festive period that the people can conduct their business without fear but that does not mean that the criminals will be resting. The government intends to  “We will expand CCTV across cities, malls and vulnerable areas and increase the number of mobile patrols.  “We will introduce a range of specifically targeted social and cultural initiatives to strengthen community life.  “An employment creation intervention to generate 20,000 jobs in low income communities will begin shortly.”

Now the business of  Carnival can start with renewed fervor, the Parang Association can now schedule their competition to the normal times and put an end to the "Daytime Parang" festivities. Hopefully the nation can take a deep breath and begin anew. It is hoped that the crime rate will be kept in check during this period. The government has stated that they reserve the right to implement limited curfew to areas that they consider to be a problem.

Let us hope that the government continues its push against the criminal elements in the society and ensure that there is peace in the land. People need to know that they can, once again, leave their homes and go out and 'take a lime' and return home safely. Let us hope that this is the start of good things for the country.
Photo from the Trinidad Guardian Newspaper. Link to the article here: The curfew is over...but state of emergency remains. 






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