- Posted November 16, 2010 by
Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
St. Kitts Security Chief: Unacceptable; A Crime of Treason
Basseterre, St. Kitts (November 15, 2010) -- "I address you on a matter that has serious implications for National Development, Stability and the livelihood of our People.
I speak about a grievous act of violence perpetrated against visitors to our shore. The report I have, is that yesterday, Sunday 14th at about 11:15am, a local Tour Bus with 17 visitors, including an infant, from the Cruise Liner Celebrity Mercury, was held at gunpoint, by two assailants, on the Brimstone Hill Premises, and robbed of money and other personal possessions, inclusive of their peace of mind and comfort.
The Ministry of National Security, the entire Government, and I do believe the vast majority of citizens and residents of this our Beloved Land, vehemently condemn this vicious attack on our Guests. We abhor any act of violence against innocent people.
The robbery of any individual, local or visitor, is an act of assault, which is illegal and totally unacceptable.
Yesterday's activity which has negatively impacted the nation's community, is particularly chilling. The robbery of a visitor is more than a robbery of just one person, or a few persons. It is an attack on the Federation's Taxi -- Drivers, our hotel and restaurant owners, employees, and tour operators. It is an attack on the craft vendors. It is in fact an attack on all persons throughout the Federation who work in businesses, large or small, that are related directly or indirectly to the flow of visitors to our federation. It is an attack on Public Services which are provided with the spin -- off revenue, from the Tourism Sector.
I view this attack on our visitors, like the attack or sabotage of any other segment of our economy, as an attack on our National Economic Security, and as such, a crime of treason.
It is said, that acts of crime and violence, make love and caring urgent! It compels us to evaluate how we love or don't love our Family, Community, Country or Ourselves.
Yesterday's unfortunate and unprecedented incident, gives the thousands of law abiding citizens and residents, every good reason to work together to identify perpetrators and to bring to justice, those persons within our communities, who so boldly, foolishly and selfishly jeopardized the livelihood of fellow nationals.
I speak of those who traumatize visitors who came to our shore for relaxation and for an appreciation of our people and culture; and in the process, to enhance our economic activity.
Fellow Citizens, Residents, I appeal to your moral and patriotic conscience, to rise up and assist the security forces in their ongoing investigations in this matter.
Meanwhile, I wish to report that Government officials promptly met on board with officials of the Cruise Ship and also with the passengers who were affected.
This naturally is a complex and sensitive process, but we will endeavour to thoroughly address this issue with the Cruise Lines and their decision -- makers.
Please be assured also that our Government is communicating appropriately with the media, who directly serve the markets from where our visitors originate.
Anyone who accepts or purchases stolen goods is guilty of a crime, and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
I say to you in the strongest terms possible, that perpetrators of crime will be relentlessly pursued.
The security forces would of necessity re-organize its strategies and resources in an effort to prevent similar attacks.
The people of St. Kitts and Nevis are well known as peaceful and law abiding. I therefore call on all good citizens to work together, so that the majority will continue to protect our country's good name and determine the image and reputation of our Federation.
May God continue to guide, protect and bless our Land.
I thank you.