So the security forces have taken control of the mother of all Garrisons, Tivoli Gardens and is reportedly moving in on other, this is great.
We must never again allow any section of this country to be established as a fortified garrison, where men believe they can take on the security forces in the country and win – NEVER AGAIN!!.
While this kind of talk sounds good, I am very concerned that we could very well be back in this same situation once again in a few years from now.
Please don’t give me the nonsense that, crimes in the organized garrisons are low and that they should be allowed to continue as ” no war nah gwan in dere”.
I therefore ask the question, now that we have controlled Tivoli Gardens, what plans do we have for it?
I am quoting here from residents of these types of communities’ community.
” We only see we mp when a election time. Dem time deh, dem walk through d community and beg we vote and from dem win, we nuh see dem again”.
” The Don keep d peace round yah so. Dem man deh send we pickney go school, buy school book, gee wi money fi go hair dresser and ting, we love dem”.
” D government nah do nuttin fi we, a d don and im man dem dat keep we safe so dat d man dem from round deh so nuh come een and kill of d ole a wi, so we haffi support dem”.
” A d don dem mek people round yah so eat a food. Mi nuh business weh im get d money from, all mi no say is im tek care a wi“.
The above quotes says it all, these people are the victims of society and government neglect for many years. They have been crying out and have largely been ignored by society and as such, they cares very little about what people outside of their environs think them.
Opportunist have moved in to play the role of a quasi government and providing the stuff that people need according to Maslow hierarchy of human needs.
More Tivoli Gardens will be created once again, if we fail to address the issues of the populace in a meaningful manner. In fact I see many more Tivoli Gardens being created if we fail to take this opportunity to address the problems of our citizens in a serious manner.
Many people have said, ” break down the garrisons”, but what they have failed to recognize is that, it’s a lot more complicated than that.
Garrison is more a state of mind than anything else is, however when you have these folks living in the same space it now becomes a very powerful phenomena
Gated communities are akin to garrisons, however what you find here is that while people share the same space, they have independence of thought on many issues.
The are all concerned about their security hence choose a place, which offers them that security.
They are concerned about their economic well being; hence they choose a community that tends to fit into that pattern.
As you can see above the similarities of the “downtown and uptown garrisons” are strikingly similar, but what marks the difference.
1. The uptown areas are not politically aligned to any specific party i.e. their political affiliations is unknown until say after an election.
2. They tend to be educated people and as such are not easily manipulated.
3. They have jobs and are for the most part economically stable.
4. No one controls them, why? Well they don’t need any one person to provide for them, they are capable of doing it on their own.
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