The recent deaths of Ashanti Riley and Andrea Bharatt are the «final straw that broke the camel’s back» according to Synergy TV host and member of the Candlelight Movement, Stephan Reis.
On Friday night, the Candlelight Movement launched a national petition which the group will take to Parliament.
The main proposals are the decriminalisation of weapons such as pepper spray and tasers, fast-tracking the use of firearms for women, the regulation of the «PH» driver system, a commission of enquiry into the criminal justice system, and systemic regulation of the issuance of motor vehicle licences.
Reis, who spoke at the launch of the Candlelight Movement’s petition drive on Friday night, referred to cases where minors were killed such as the Akiel Chambers case, the Sean Luke case and four-year-old Amy Emily Annamunthodo who was beaten to death and he said the country has had enough of these heinous crimes.
«Ashanti Riley and Andrea Bharatt were the straw that broke the camel’s back. The difference is that we will not switch off and move on this time. And we are not going to allow people in the red building to move on either. Every mother, every father of a victim of a crime cannot move on that easily,» he told hundreds of people who stood under umbrellas and came despite the heavy rainfall on Friday night on Knox Street, Port-of-Spain.