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The statement issued on Thursday by TTPS public information officer, ASP Michael Jackman, indicated that the arrests were prompted by information relayed to local authorities by unnamed international partners. Assuming that the information relayed was credible, the national community will be thankful to have dodged this bullet to Carnival’s heart.
This is not the first time that Carnival is being threatened with crime. There is hardly a Carnival that dawns without a lead-up of anxiety, only for it to dissipate with the first sounds of jouvert as Carnival breaks across the land. Throughout it all, the loyalty of the Carnival faithful, here at home and those who have made the pilgrimage from abroad, has never wavered.
They have defied every rumour and report to go out and stand up for their Carnival by playing their mas with gusto.
The reality is that there is no safer public space than Carnival given the massive combination of public and private security. Not only is the police more visible on Carnival days than at any other time of the year; their work is augmented by the thousands of private security personnel both inside and outside bands ensuring the protection of every masquerader and every property.
In protecting the public and Carnival this year, we expect police officers to operate with professionalism, intelligence and respect and to avoid exacerbating public anxieties by unproductive and provocative attitudes.