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Fri 19th May 2017

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SVG vulnerable to gun smuggling and terrorist attack

According to Warrant Officer Ivan O’Neal BSc (hons) MSc, MBA, our country has been taken over by brutal gun crime. National security is at an all-time low and our borders are openly being breached.

The fact that guns and other contraband are being openly and regularly brought in to our country, shows that Gonsalves does not have the experience and the ability to hold the office of Minister of National Security and is incompetent in this role.

Let’s look at just two of the obvious and very important breaches of our national security and borders.

Firstly, the Camden Park Port in South Leeward is not securely fenced around and gated for entry and exit. The consequence is that, members of the public can easily walk in and out of what should be secure areas. This is a very serious breach to national security and a danger to our people.

Secondly, the Kingstown Port is an example of security madness. The entry to the Kingstown Port is by way of the issue of a gate pass. However, the gate pass is issued at a point about 400 feet away from the point of entry into Kingstown Port.

So, the individual handed a gate pass, after showing his identity card, can freely give this gate pass to any other member of the public to go in to the Kingstown Port, and that other person’s identity is unknown and not recorded by the port security. That unknown person can then freely smuggle in guns and other contraband, without ever being officially identified.

The original individual handed a gate pass, after showing his identity card, can freely rent this gate pass to any other member of the public to go in to the Kingstown Port all day long. This is a very serious breach to national security and a danger to our people.

The rule on security says that, any exchange of a gate pass after an identity check, must be done at the actual point of entry to a secure area. As it stands, any terrorist can enter the Kingstown port and the Camden Park port.

The ULP regime has been in power since 2001 and has been a massive failure in many regards, and clearly with national security too. Gun crime has increased since 2001 and it appears that gun crime has spiralled out of control. During the week of 12 May 2017, there were five brutal gun killings.

It is clear that guns are being easily brought in to SVG. The people responsible for national security are a joke and do not have a clue.

The whole idea of national security is prevention. However, with all the slackness with national security, at any moment we are vulnerable to a terrorist attack and more importation of guns and other contraband. The ULP regime seems happy to allow an attack to happen and then just react afterwards.


Virtually every week, our people are being massacred with guns and yet the ULP regime continues to ignore the obvious breaches of our national security and borders.

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