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Nationís vagrants breaking the law

Saturday, July 11 2009

THE EDITOR: As regards the issue of homeless and destitute persons living on the streets of Trinidad and Tobago. Please do not leave us with the belief that these people were only taken off the streets because of the Summit of the Americas.

May I remind you that these homeless and destitute persons are a public nuisance, some of them are very hostile and dangerous, spitting on passers-by and also throwing objects. Some walk the streets half-naked while others are downright naked. They reek of urine and faeces.

We all know that these people are human and have rights as any other citizen, but the authorities must know that these people are breaking the law on a daily basis and nothing is being done about it. Loitering is an arrestable offence and these people are no doubt guilty of such an offence.

They dig in garbage bins, scattering their contents. They sprawl out on street corners, under the eaves of buildings in our cities and towns, bags of old clothing and other stuff strewn all around them. That in itself is littering, also an arrestable offence.

There needs to be an ongoing and sustained campaign to get these people off the streets, arrest them for littering, arrest them for loitering, place them in institutions of care by court order upon their arrest, pass laws and legislation in Parliament that will enable the relevant authorities to pick these people up and place them in institutions by way of court order.

Government must not just say that it cares, it must show that it cares. There are ways to show that a government cares like when it takes care of the sick, the needy and the senior citizens. It is time to get serious about removing these people from the nationís streets. There must be laws which will empower the relevant authorities to remove these people from our streets Mr Prime Minister.



DEREK HAMILTON

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