PM alert

Stuart responds to Paris attacks

In the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris that left almost 150 people dead, Barbados’ security systems are on high alert.

That assurance has come from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart who yesterday revealed that the island’s security forces were “working around the clock” to ensure the country remains safe.

“We in the Caribbean are not exempt from exposure to these perils and therefore both at the regional and local level we have been trying to put security mechanisms in place that will keep down to the barest minimum our exposure to a security risk.

“It would be the most conspicuous embodiment of unwisdom were I to sit here today and tell you all of the security precautions which we have taken with the view to ensuring that we keep our risk levels down, but I can assure you that we have been working around the clock on these issues and we have been making sure that we lubricate the machinery for the receipt of reliable intelligence on matters relating to our national security,” the Prime Minister insisted.

While acknowledging that no such attacks had been carried out within Barbados, Stuart said there was evidence to suggest terrorists had tried to gain entry into the region.

“Let’s not get too carried away. In the northern Caribbean there is some evidence of hostile strangers trying to penetrate this region using fake Greek passports and in one of our jurisdictions we have had 89 people who have left that jurisdiction to go and work with ISIS,” Stuart acknowledged during a press briefing at Government headquarters, Bay Street.

“So we are not here pretending that we are exempt from exposure to these risks, but armed with the intelligence which we have, we have been taking all of the precautions possible to ensure that we keep down to the barest minimum our level of exposure.” (RB)

7 Responses to PM alert

  1. Brownie November 21, 2015 at 7:57 am

    We are too democratic. Anyone who takes a decision to go over to ISIS should not be allowed to return to this region. We must take that decision without fear or favour. In fact if suspects are confirmed to have any connections to ISIS they should be shipped out there forthwith. That’s the hard line we must take. But again we are too democratic in this part of the world and therefore we will continue to be trampled by persons who don’t care about anyone but themselves.

    • Margaret Brady November 21, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      I do not believe that you can deny a citizen access to his or her country. No matter what they have done.

      • Sue Donym November 23, 2015 at 7:31 am

        Does the name Raul Garcia sound familiar?

  2. Sue Donym November 21, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Interesting. We can get information on possible threats, and precise numbers relating to other jurisdictions, but vague responses about Barbados. “… armed with the intelligence which we have…” – our PM is said to be quite the wordsmith – is that an oxymoron?

    • Donild Trimp November 21, 2015 at 10:04 am

      The PM don’t want to mention the jurisdiction where those people left from, which is understandable but I can.

      How about the jurisdiction of T&T.

  3. Swindley Edwards November 21, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    i challenge anyone to find a country that committed more violent acts of terrorism than Britain.

  4. jrsmith November 22, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Dear , Mr, Priminister, at last you can speak, on matters affecting Barbados and the region. Barbados , our politicians cannot even try to stop the importation of drugs and guns. do you think ISIL/ISIS, this terror group is a group of Barbados petty criminals, they do what they want , when they like, anywhere they want to, stop living in la, la, land you are out of your league.

    This issue will never ever effect Barbados, just shut up leave it alone , if the people of T&T wants to be involve , they are on they own, and I hope other islands in the region don’t get involve, this terrorist situation was on the world stage openly , since the 1967 war in the middle east against Israel.

    No so call developed country, bothered then, they main interest was controlling of the oil , all of the political behaviour, selling weapons, of mass destruction and air to ground, war equipment , means the west politicians have blood on they hands, they caused this world problem , which will never end, because its a generation war, everything they did has back fired.

    Security, in this region, we need , a joint secret special force, we need a powerful local to international data system, the main problem ,the region have, (BEING ABLE TO UNITE ,AND WORK TOGETHER ,WE ARE SO MILES APART).


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