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Festival ‘secure’

YVETTE BEST, [email protected]

Festival ‘secure’

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DRUG USE, THEFT, sexual assault and robbery are not characteristics of Barbados’ Crop Over Festival.

That assurance has come from Alvin Jemmott, chairman of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, which plays an active role in promoting the Sweetest Summer Festival in overseas markets. It follows a June 24 security message to Americans, issued by the US Embassy here.

“With recent increases in firearms-related crimes and gang violence, and press reports of social media posts referencing gun violence at the upcoming Foreday Morning Jam festival, the embassy wants to ensure US citizens are reminded to remain vigilant while enjoying these events.

“These events typically bring in large crowds. Alcohol consumption, loud music and close physical contact are usually the norm at these events, and can be exploited by criminal elements. Drug use, theft, assault, robbery and sexual assault incidents all rise during the Crop Over season,” the statement said. (YB)

Please read the full story in today’s Weekend Nation, or in the eNATION edition.