Daily Archives: May 15, 2014

Stopping lawless squatters in Trinidad and Tobago


It is time to stop the decay

by Steve Alvarez

What kind of people are we evolving into?  On my way to San Fernando a few days ago I noticed that the squatting shanti town west of the highway before the Claxton Bay area was growing into over one hundred shanti.  I imagined that within these shacks without running water, electricity, toilet facilities and proper roads and sidewalks are human beings, families with little children who must grow up in these unplanned communities.

Sometime later when a “vhaps” hit someone in government there is the possibility that bulldozers will seek to destroy the homes much to the outcry of a beleaguered Nation or politicians may use the opportunity to score political points by offering letters of comfort to the law breakers.  Who is looking out for our children?  Who is looking out for our Nation?  When did we emerge as this selfish, heartless, narcissistic, arrogant people unmoved by the reality that we are rapidly rushing towards relegation to 4th or 5th world status?

We look at countries like Venezuela with all its oil reserves and wonder how they can be without basics services and consumables like toilet paper while we bury our heads in the sand and pretend that we are so much better.  We cannot or ought not sit by and allow squatting to continue.  Continue reading

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