2020-04-25 - 02:25:01 COMMUNITY |
CIVIL UNREST NOT SEEN ON THE IMMEDIATE HORIZON - CAINES:
With TNN receiving word that police and soldiers are gearing up and standing in preparation for the possibility of civil unrest National Security Minister Wayne Caines believes there to be no need for Bermuda’s protective and enforcement services to stand at arms at this point in time.
Minister Caines announced his belief in the ability of Bermudians to maintain willful obedience toward lawful order despite current punitive shelter-in-place and curfew measures being exacted upon the citizenry due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Nevertheless, the Minister could yet not answer with confidence as to the full scale inner workings being organized within either body as neither actually answer to him nor the Government, but to the Crown itself and its local representative the Governor.
“As you know and I would remind the public, that the operational side of policing forms and falls squarely under the purview of His Excellency the Governor,” he stated, betraying his Ministry’s lack of power. “But let’s be clear, we are a law abiding country, as we can look in our community and go out tonight and see that most people in our country are obeying the rules of the shelter in place.”
Yet the specter of unrest may not be as farfetched as the Minister might want such to appear, with Bermuda and its people on the cusp of a dramatic economic crisis even as the raging health crisis that is the novel coronavirus continues to rage Island and worldwide. Economic hardship and poverty stand as proven vehicles that can breed rage and incivility among people and while Government has been able to stave off such thus far through unemployment benefit and other social programs neither are viewed as sustainable panacea in a contracted and highly leveraged economy.
However, Minister Caines instead that matters remained well at hand among the populace and that the Police and Regiment remained in properly order.
“As with any service such as the Bermuda Regiment or Bermuda Police Service we prepare for everything it’s quite often that they dust off kit for training and, without speaking for them, I can say that standard operative procedures are to prepare for anything,” he said. “But let’s look at what is presented in front of us now, our country is lawful, people in the main are respecting the shelter in place, we can look around and see that it is clearly no need for that at this stage.”
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