Stewart wants police, soldiers for Foreday and Kadooment
With Crop Over 2018’s two largest events left on the calendar over the next week, a heavy presence of armed Barbados Defence Force (BDF) personnel is required to prevent an outbreak of the violence which almost crippled the Republic Bank Kadooment Day celebrations a year ago.
That’s the feeling of president of the Barbados Association of Masqueraders (BAM), Chetwin Stewart.
According to Stewart, soldiers along every section of the routes on August 4 (Foreday Morning) and August 6 (Kadooment Day) would go a long way in preventing what occurred last year.
Thousands were sent scampering for cover just after 6:30 p.m. along Spring Garden last year, when one man was killed and six people suffered gunshot wounds during a brazen shoot-out as revellers partied in the dark near the end of the festival’s climax.
Stewart said thousands of Barbadians were staying away from jumping in the Barbados Light & Power/HOTT 95.3 Foreday Morning Jam and on Kadooment Day in 2018, after the gun-toting thugs took their ammo to Spring Garden last year. (BA)
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