Already, the blame game has begun about the “unrest” in Trinidad in the wake of the fatal shooting of three persons by police officers. Who is to blame? We are all entitled to our opinion, and I certainly do have my ideas as to what lies behind the disturbances.

This goes way beyond politics and personalities. Its roots come from the economic state of Trinidad and Tobago. While we may try to bury our head in the sand and pretend certain problems do not exist, the fact is many of our citizens are suffering, and that includes the youths of our land.

Did you see the age of the people out there on Tuesday? Our streets were filled with young people protesting. Thousands of citizens are unemployed. They cannot find jobs. Covid added more misery to T&T by doing a negative job on our economy. People are reacting at any opportunity, venting what they are feeling inside.

I am appealing to those in charge to come up with ideas to help alleviate what is generating this kind of anger. Job creation must be our top priority. The poverty level continues to rise and that must be dealt with urgently, with emphasis on the young people. Many of them are easy targets for gang leaders.

The heart of the matter lies in economic and social conditions. Solve these and we will see an improvement in T&T.

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