More CARICOM Cultural Conflict: Barbados Police Move To Ban Jamaican Passa-Passa Fetes

UPDATED: Russian Pravda News Carries This Story – Scroll Down

From The Nation Newspaper – Saturday Sun

"We are moving to stamp ("passa passa" fetes) out, and we are going to nip it in the bud," said Acting Commissioner Bertie Hinds. The acting police chief said no liquor licences or licences for the playing of loud music would be issued to people or organisations wishing to stage "passa passa" fetes.

Noting that the new trend had its origin in neighbouring Jamaica and was first used to bring warring political factions together, Hinds said the fetes were bringing out the worst form of activity imagined.

We must congratulate the Royal Barbados Police Force for moving against this bit of Jamaican "culture" that is so at odds with acceptable Bajan behaviour and cultural celebrations. Anyone who has seen one of these fetes up close knows of the violence, illegal drugs, gang sex and general mahem associated with "Passa Passa".

As we said in an earlier post one of the big concerns with CARICOM is the violence that seems to be endemic to Jamaican society. As the economic and worker mobility barriers fall under CARICOM, Barbados must take care to protect itself from the influence of violent cultures in the Caribbean and elsewhere.

UPDATE: April 16, 2006 12:06am

It is a small world… not 20 minutes ago at 23:15 hours, the Russian news service PRAVDA picked up on the "Passa Passa" story in The Nation and posted it online at their website. We truly live in a time when it has become virtually impossible to kill a news story. Once it is on the net… that's it. The world has it instantly, and the story stays on line for years – still instantly available though search engines.

One has to wonder how history would have been changed if the same capabilities had been available to the ordinary citizen thirty or forty years ago.


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4 responses to “More CARICOM Cultural Conflict: Barbados Police Move To Ban Jamaican Passa-Passa Fetes

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  3. torontoTRINI

    Hello To All,
    And good morning to Barbados,
    I’ll ask you to work with me a bit ’cause I have a different perspective relating here. In a nutshell I understand the fear the Barbados society is experiencing via Passa Passa. ( Moral decay )
    What I don’t quite get is when someone refers to the term ” acceptable behavior “. I’m wondering who’s weilding the ” yardstick ” that’s measures Bajan morality. We know whatever society considers as immoral would’ve already been entrenched in the law books of Barbados, and therefore subject to enforcement. When I read that the acting Police Chief said no licences or liquor Licences will be awarded for Passa Passa fetes. ( 1 ) I’m thinking they could never know if the party will be Passa Passa or not unless they ask you – and you could always say no ! ( there’s no oath ) ( And 2 ) Did the acting Police Chief just arbitrarily come up with this idea of banning Passa Passa liquor licences ? If yes, is he a law onto himself ? Is this the way Barbados enacts it’s laws ??
    Solution : If members of the public are breaking the existing laws, then they should be prosecuted for the breach, if not , what the Acting Police Chief is doing could be considered harassment !! ( among other things ) Could’t it ?
    And what is loud music ? Is there someone walking around with a decibel counter ? And what is the decibel boundry ? And would these sound level enforcements be exclusive to Passa Passa ? Or would it include the Barbados Carnival Celebrations, or the parties that go along with it ?
    At a glance it’ll seem like a useless exercise to me.
    And if you’re fearful that the Jamaicans are exporting violence via the Passa Passa etc., arn’t you concerned about the violence that is being exported via your television sets, computers etc. etc. Would your next step be to ban these media ?
    If the answer is no, I say you’re either willfully discriminating against a certain sector of the Bajan population, ( at worst ) or you just may not have given the subject sufficient thought. ( at best )
    Keep Good Barbados
    I still love my neighbour, even though all’yuh still cyar outsmart Trini ……….. just joking !

  4. J. Payne

    Police in Barbados also have no problem with locking off an on going party if it gets out of control. Including lude lyrics.

    So if the girls want to jump up and spin on their heads with their legs wide-open like they do at the passa-passas or swing their head/hair all about until their necks are nearly ready to break they can– I guess just as long as they don’t do it to bad lyrics.

    You can see some You-tube videos of what passa-passa is like. If crime goes up even an ounce in Barbados people will come down on the government and police hard about it so they want nothing that will raise crime or bring out the bad behavior in people anywhere near.

    I’m in the USA where it seems like Black people take a mandate to run around killing one another and if two passa-passa fetes cause a huge stir I bet you they will ban it here too.