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‘Under siege’ from gunplay

YVETTE BEST, [email protected]

‘Under siege’ from gunplay

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BARBADOS AND THE CARIBBEAN can no longer afford the cost of the rampant gunplay.

Stating that the region seemed to be “under siege” from gun-related crimes, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite yesterday appealed to the European Union (UN) to lend some assistance.

“It is costing this country, not only in terms of lives, but in terms of our financial resource, because every time someone is shot and goes into the QEH [Queen Elizabeth Hospital], there is attendant costs after that. So it’s an area that I hope out of this workshop, and I hope out of the treaty that we will see more meaningful intervention in terms of the eradication of the reckless use of firearms that we’re seeing on our shores,” he said.

He was speaking yesterday morning at the opening of a three-day workshop on Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Implementation Support at the Radisson Aquatica Hotel, which was being facilitated by the European Union. (YB)

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