Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Minister tells constituents don't be held hostage by violence

Persons in attendance lit each other's candles.

Persons in attendance lit each other's candles.

The Member of Parliament for St. Philip South, Indar Weir is telling citizens not to be ruled by fear of gun violence.

Standing tonight at Rices Methodist Church, a stone's throw from the home where Jamal Mayers and Betty Mayers, son and mother, were gunned down on March 17, 2019, Weir told his constituents and by extension all Barbadians to continue about their daily activities instead of letting the violence of 2019, namely the 20 homicides, deter them from living.

He said:

“Let me assure you that we have to press on and you have the support of your government to press on. Do not become hostages. Do not be afraid to live your lives.”

Given what we have seen across Barbados, he extended his deepest sympathy on behalf of himself and his family to the families that have been impacted by "misfortune".

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To the bereaved, he added, "It is always difficult to lose your loved ones, but I want to implore you to carry on and to stand the course.

“And I also want to equally encourage all of you to note that you have a responsible government and one that has already taken the bold decision to address and assuage many of the concerns that you have raised on social media…”

The candlelight vigil was the result of a multi-denominational move by numerous faith-based churches across the parish of St. Philip. Noting that the church has a role to play in solving the challenge of violence, the Minister stressed, “I want to commend the churches from across the parish of St. Philip.”

Members of the Methodist, Pentecostal, Church of God, Nazarene,  Anglican, Baptist and Seventh Day Adventist were in attendance. More than 100 persons turned up with candles and battery operated lamps or torches.

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