Charles says Guanapo shooting a symptom of TT’s failing institutions

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Charles says Guanapo shooting a symptom of TT’s failing institutions

Opposition MP, Rodney Charles, says the gangster style killings of four children in Guanapo yesterday with injuries to five others, are symptoms of a total collapse of all our institutions.

In a release, Naparima MP Rodney Charles said: “Our schools, our TTPS, our unpatrolled, porous borders, our failing social safety nets, increasing poverty, rising homelessness, limited job opportunities for thousands leaving schools, seeming inability to deal with rising mental illnesses among citizens, lack of structured, well resourced sporting programmes and even shortages in FX leading to an unregulated black market with all its attendant criminal opportunities are all linked to what took place in Guanapo yesterday.”

He said crime in TT has reached a new level of brutality with the current administration “incapable of understanding the inextricable link between institutional collapse and out-of-control crime.”

He took aim at the Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Energy Industries Stuart Young, Minister of Finance Colm Imbert, Minister of National Security Fitzgerald Hinds and Minister of Education Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly. He asked if they recognised that if they fail to discharge their functions effectively, “the net result is increased mayhem and gangster-styled murders.”