Dr Roger Hosein
Senior economics lecturer at UWI, St Augustine, and co-ordinator of the Trade and Economic Development Unit
Tobago enjoyed incident-free J’Ouvert celebrations yesterday after celebrations were held in three separate communities, Scarborough, Roxborough and Crown Point, with each giving their unique representation of J’Ouvert morning 2018.
Assistant Commissioner of Police for Tobago Garfield Moore said while there were smaller crowds at all three locations, with a stronger security presence from the TTPS and the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment.
“So far the Carnival celebrations at Roxborough, Scarborough and Crown Point have been incident-free. The crowd is not as large as last year at Roxborough and at Crown Point, however, our officers are out here in full force to ensure that the revellers and the spectators have a safe Carnival. We are hoping that the trend will continue and the people will behave themselves as they normally do and I really want to commend them for keeping the Carnival which is free of any incidents at this point in time,” he said.
On Friday, during a pre-Carnival news conference at the Scarborough Police Station, the top brass in Tobago signalled that a zero-tolerance approach would be taken against anyone bringing weapons to Carnival events. Moore said the TTPS Tobago division held true to its promise with respect to the seizure of weapons, as several roadblocks were set up at strategic points leading to the J’Ouvert locations.
“I know they would have seized a few weapons, I can’t say if anyone has been charged, but I know a few weapons have been seized at all the roadblocks in Roxborough and in Scarborough,” he said.
J’Ouvert celebrations kicked off in Tobago at 4 am, with revellers having to choose from three different locations on the island. Crown Point and Roxborough saw five and eight modern all-inclusive J’Ouvert bands, respectively, while Scarborough was the hub for traditional and ole mas bands.
Both Scarborough and Roxborough came alive with the parade of adult bands yesterday afternoon, while the action continued last night with Monday night mas at both locations.
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