Leader of the Opposition Godwin Friday along with his parliamentary colleagues and the executive of his party will walk for jobs and against crime this and next Saturday.
The New Democratic Party (NDP) said in a press statement that crime and violence, now more than ever, “has become a staple of our daily lives”.
The party said the media workers’ profession places them “in a unique position to recognise the extent of the problem that St. Vincent and the Grenadines now faces with regard to this dilemma.
“It is apparent that crime and violence is indeed the only constant on the various radio stations and in the print media, leaving no doubt that we are in a crisis,” the NDP said.
On crime, the party said the Vincentian people are questioning the capacity of the security forces to properly address this “scourge”.
“People have become so disenchanted with the justice system that some communities have started dispensing vigilante-style justice. Added to this, the IMF has stated in a report that the unemployment rate among young people here in SVG is at 46 per cent. This is the same demographic that is heavily represented in the many reports of crime and violence in this country. In all of this, the Minister of National Security [Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves] has offered no discernible, acceptable response to this crisis.”
The NDP said its president, Members of Parliament, and other members of the party are “gravely concerned” about this situation.
“Notwithstanding, there seems to be a cross section of Vincentian society which remains doubtful as to the extent of the problem,” the NDP said.
The party said that in an effort to raise awareness about “this crisis”, Friday, along with NDP MPs and the NDP executive will “Walk for Jobs” and “Walk Against Crime” from Fitz Hughes to Kingstown on Sept. 8 and from Georgetown to Kingstown on Sept. 15.
“Dr. Friday is inviting persons on the route to come out and show their concern by supporting and encouraging the walkers as they pass through their communities. He is also seeking the media’s support to bring this initiative to the attention of the Vincentian people,” the NDP said.