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FRESH AND URGENT CALLS are being made for a clear and decisive plan of action to stem the spread of gun violence.

Politicians, civil society and the public added their voices to the growing clamour in the wake of the latest murders on Tuesday night of two young men – Renaldo “Conan” Gittens, 23, and Rico “Sad Boy” Burgess, 21, at Marley Vale, St Philip. Their deaths pushed the homicides for the year to 26, with five of them by the gun this month. Barbados recorded 22 murders last year.

“We cannot expect the police force to share operational details with the public but the country needs to hear from the leadership on what is being done to deal with these issues and what role we can play in the fight,” said Dale Marshall, a former attorney general and current spokesman on law and order for the Opposition Barbados Labour Party.

“It cannot be right that Barbadians now feel unsafe in their homes and in their communities. Already, we are finding that in many districts, Barbadians are feeling under siege in their homes, afraid to venture out for fear of being the next victim,” he added in a statement yesterday. (ES)

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