Posted by: nastylittletruths | July 21, 2008

The Uprising, Pt. II

Continuing from my last post, look at these two separate excerpts and consider if there is a concerted effort on the part of organised crime to destabilise the country (I don’t believe this can be true because they enjoy the status quo too much as it is), and if it was, will the reaction of the government be similar?

Carlos Marighella, a Brazilian guerrilla revolutionary, in his Mini-manual of the Urban Guerrilla had said:

“It is necessary to turn political crisis into armed conflict by performing violent actions that will force those in power to transform the political situation in the country into a military one. That will alienate the masses, who, from then on, will revolt against the army and the police and blame them for this state of things.”  Sounds like Laventille and Richplain…

My theory is that crime is not organised for the achievement of the above. It’s crime by hardcore criminals for immediate and short term gain and not for any political objective. The politicians on the other hand will use crime as an excuse to pass draconian laws that repress the people’s rights. Take note of the recent passing of the no bail for kidnappers bill. Most lawyers will agree that it’s unconstitutional and requires more than Colm’s three-fifths majority (which the government has) to pass. We’ll wait on that one when a kidnapper challenges it in court…

The point at which the people themselves start to ask for the harsh measures is already here. I always use Clevon Raphael’s article of sometime in January 2007 after the shooting death of PNM Councillor Bert Allette the month before as my example. A level headed journalist, whom I admire, actually asking for some serious action that bordered on the fringes of existing law if not totally outside… It was just too passionate, because like the rest if us, he was fed-up and frightened. But I see the spectre of a government waiting in the wings with Machiavellian glee to do “what is necessary in the name of the people”.

And if we are not careful, here is where it could end… The only thing that General Iberico Saint Jean, governor of Buenos Aires province during The Terror of Argentina (1976 – 1983) was famous (infamous?) for is this quote:

“First, we kill all the subversives; then, their collaborators; later, those who sympathise with them; afterward, those who remain indifferent; and finally, the undecided.”

Only time will tell what our dear PM has in store for us. I fear that we will all be feting the nights away and when we get up one morning it will be too late… We already can’t get passports to leave the country if we wish. And if you didn’t know, no law was passed, but our right to freedom of movement as enshrined under Section 4 (g) of the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago has been severely curtailed by “processing issues” at Immigration Division. Simple as that…

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