Gun violence killing tourism sector, says Marshall
Dale Marshall of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP)
Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Member of Parliament and Shadow Attorney General, Dale Marshall has expressed concern over the damage being done to the island’s tourism sector in light of the increase in gun-related crimes.
Marshall was speaking at the BLP mass meeting on last night against the backdrop of the Boxing Day shooting which claimed the life of 21-year-old Tavon Alleyne of Lakes Close, Eden Lodge, St. Michael. Alleynes’s death has been garnering much media attention after it was revealed that he is the first cousin of international popstar, Barbados' Cultural Ambassador Rihanna. News agencies all over the world have been paying close attention to Barbados’ murder statistics and the high number of shooting incidents.
Offering condolences to the family, Marshall noted this type of media coverage will not do well for the island’s economy or tourist arrivals.
“Twenty-three murders for the year and we have said this is not a matter on which we want to score political points. It is going to affect our economy if people are getting shot down like flies then tourist will not come, if tourist don’t come then the foreign reserves will fall.”
Alleyne’s murder has brought the murder toll for Barbados to 30 so far for 2017. During a press briefing earlier this month held by the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF), it was revealed the number of firearms seized for 2016 as compared to 2017 had increased by 20 while over 2,700 rounds of ammunition were seized for 2017- almost twice as much as compared to 2016.