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Youth march against crime

By CAROL MATROO Sunday, July 20 2014

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On the March: Young people from various churches marched against crime yesterday along Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain....
On the March: Young people from various churches marched against crime yesterday along Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain....

Hundreds of young people took to the streets of Port-of-Spain yesterday to march against escalating crime plaguing Trinidad and Tobago.

Young people from various churches and organisations began their march from Adam Smith Square in Woodbrook and converged at Woodford Square, downtown for a day of prayer and praise, calling on youth to put down their guns.

Jovon George, youth president at Woodbrook Pentecostal Church and chairman of the Positive Movement Planning Committee, said while plans for the march originated from the Woodbrook Pentecostal Church, he realised it was much bigger than that one entity.

“The idea was birthed out of Woodbrook Pentecostal Church, but when we realised the magnitude of the event we wanted to do, we included a number of different groups and organisations. We saw it fit to do so because we don’t want to live in our own bubble, and we want to reach as many people as we can.

“We included about eight different organisations, but we sent out invitations across the board to try to bring them together to march against crime. The main thing we are trying to do is to show that a number of young persons who are not involved in crime or negative things are bringing forward positive things and upliftment to other youth,” he said.

The march included members of the Pentecostal Assemblies of TT (PAWI), Open Bible churches, Catholics, Anglicans, members of the TT scouts and cadets, and police youth clubs.

“Since last year when the idea was birthed, the situation wasn’t as bad as it is now. Coming closer to this date we realised sometimes two and three persons are killed one time. Two weekends before six persons were killed in one weekend so we realised, hey, this march is pertinent and right on track.

“All these negative things that are taking place are not normal. We don’t want to get accustomed to having three and four people being murdered over one weekend. We want to get accustomed to living life, to travelling without studying that you have to go home early because of the crime situation. We are believers, we believe that with Jesus Christ we are able to make a difference hence the reason we are here,” George said.

We can make a difference if we believe,” he said.

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