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Trinidad: SHOW OF FORCE Dillon leads security forces on Laventille walk

ONE DAY after a “hit list” of Rasta City gang members circulated on social media amidst talk of an impending bloody showdown with the rival Unruly ISIS gang, National Security Minister Edmund Dillon led a contingent of the top brass in national security on a walkabout yesterday in Laventille.

The walkabout, which included visits to known Rasta City territory was meant to send a message to the criminals – the State security agencies are in charge.

But many people living in Laventille yesterday disagreed, saying the fact that they have to live in a self-imposed curfew after dark and there is the constant fear of being murdered once you step out on the road, means the criminals are in charge.

Joining Dillon on the walk were acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams, Chief of Defence Staff Commodore Hayden Pritchard and Laventille West MP Fitzgerald Hinds. They were guarded by a phalanx of heavily armed policemen and soldiers.

Shortly after 10 am, the contingent walked from Erica Street along Old St Joseph Road to the top of Rock City in Laventille. Rock City, Laventille residents whispered to Newsday, is one of the bases of the so-called Muslim gang. Rasta City is based lower down the hill.

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