Каспаров.Ru: СК возбудил дело о халатности чиновников из-за гибели 25 жителей Иркутской области при наводнении

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Следственный комитет возбудил уголовное дело о халатности чиновников во время паводков в Иркутской области, из-за которых погибли 25 человек (ст. 293 УК). По требованию главы СК Александра Бастрыкина его материалы передали в центральный аппарат ведомства.

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Voice of America – English: Drone Attack Hits Shiite Militia Base in Northern Iraq

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CAIRO — An unidentified drone or drones attacked a Shiite militia base in northern Iraq early Friday, reportedly destroying parts of a weapons depot and causing casualties among Shiite militiamen and advisers from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Lebanon’s Hezbollah. 

No group claimed responsibility. The U.S. military denied any responsibility in the attack, which coincided with the U.S. downing of an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz that was reportedly threatening a U.S. naval vessel. 

Amateur video showed people shouting and explosives detonating at the Shiite militia camp following the drone attack near Tuz Kharmato. Some witnesses said several drones attacked the site, although other reports said the base might have been shelled, setting fire to a weapons depot. 

Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported that ballistic missiles were being put together at the site under the supervision of Hezbollah and the Revolutionary Guards. The report said the base belonged to the Shiite Badr Brigades, under the command of pro-Iranian politician Hadi al-Ameri. 

Al-Ameri warned several days ago of the dangers of a potential regional conflict between the United States and Iran. 

He said Iraq must try to stay out of a conflict in the Persian Gulf between the U.S. and Iran, which would have serious consequences for Baghdad. 

Order to Shiite militias

Tensions also were high inside Iraq as a result of an order nearly two weeks ago by Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mehdi calling on Shiite militia forces, also known as Hushd al-Shaabi, to disarm and join the regular Iraqi armed forces. 

He said Shiite militiamen who wanted to keep their arms would have to join the armed forces, while those who wished to keep their political affiliations would need to disarm. 

The attack on the Badr militia camp came just before the deadline for the closure of Hushd al-Shaabi camps, and it was not clear that any of the camps was preparing to conform with the prime minister’s order. 

Tha’er Bayati, a Sunni tribal leader in Anbar province, told Al Arabiya there were multiple explosions inside the camp from Iranian ballistic missiles that were hit in the drone attack. He also said there were heavy casualties in the attack, although Iraqi government media reported only minor casualties. 

Hilal Khashan, who teaches political science at the American University of Beirut, told VOA that he suspected Sunni groups with ties to Saudi Arabia might have been behind the drone attack, “in retaliation for the drone attacks on the Saudi Yanbu pipeline last month.”  

The U.S. believes drones in that attack, which destroyed several pumping stations, may have originated in Iraq. VOA could not confirm the claims. 

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“Russian elites” – Google News: Election Watch: Chernivtsi Oblast prepares to vote in parliamentary elections – Kyiv Post

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Election Watch: Chernivtsi Oblast prepares to vote in parliamentary elections  Kyiv Post

Editor’s note: As part of its Election Watch project, the Kyiv Post publishes stories assessing the state of the presidential race in Ukraine’s regions.

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euronewsru’s YouTube Videos: Иран-США: напряжение нарастает

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From: euronewsru
Duration: 02:05

Выход США из ядерной сделки, заявления Ирана о повышении уровня обогащения урана, “стычки” в Ормузском проливе – отношения Вашингтона и Тегерана накаляются, а Брюсселю приходится искать компромиссы.…
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golosamerikius’s YouTube Videos: Спасение птенцов

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From: golosamerikius
Duration: 01:00

В городе Окленд, штат Калифорния, около ста птенцов двух видов цапель оказались под угрозой гибели после того, как упало старое дерево, где многие годы гнездились эти птицы. Около 20 птенцов погибли. Остальным на помощь пришли специалисты по защите животных. Видео: OAKLAND HERONRY RESCUE
Оригинальное видео: https://www.golos-ameriki.ru/a/usa-bird-california-tree-rescue/5007671.html

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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: 2:39 PM 7/19/2019 – Who is behind Epstein? | #Sing, #Epstein! #Loud, #Clear, and #DeepThroatedly! – M.N. | Trump and Trumpism – Review Of News And Opinions

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Very wise decision. Thank you, Judge! – Judge rejects bail for Epstein – 12:56 PM 7/18/2019
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9:51 PM 7/18/2019 – Who is behind Epstein? 

“Epstein wasn’t just a serial child rapist, he was acting as some kind of hub for other child rapists and sexual assaulters”, says Palmer. 


I will second Palmer, I agree with him. I also have the impression that Epstein was more of a “supplier” for his clients, to keep them pleased, whatever pleased them (and him). 

Was Mr. Trump one of his “clients”? 

Were Epstein and Melania lovers, as I asked previously? 

What were the circumstances of his introduction of Melania to Trump? 

Were there money or some exchange involved, for his services? 

What are Epstein’s connections to the TOC: Slovenian, Balkan, Russian, German, and to the corresponding Intelligence Services? 

Who were Epstein’s clients? 

What were Epstein’s relations with the Deutsche Bank? 

Who is behind Epstein? 

What are Epstein’s relations with the Republican Party and its financial structures? 

How exactly did Epstein make his money? What did he trade? 

What is the history and the true nature of his relations with Bear Stearns?

What was the  relationship if any, between Bear Stearns, and Abwehr, and Nazi Gold? 

And so on, and so on – a lot of questions. 

Psychological understanding of the players in this political drama should also be attempted, via the formal evaluations or in other ways. It will provide the clues to motivations. 

Michael Novakhov

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Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s Jeffrey Epstein scandal is just a few days away from fully exploding

Ever since his friend Jeffrey Epstein was arrested on charges of sex trafficking of minors, Donald Trump has been acting distressed. Over the past few days in particular, Trump’s behavior has erupted into full-on panic. What precisely does Trump have to worry about? You’d have to ask him, and he’s not talking. But in a few days we’re going to get some answers.
The U.S. Court of Appeals is about to release thousands of pages of Epstein-related documents. According to Vanity Fair, the court has said that the documents may reveal sexual abuse on the part of “numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known prime minister, and other world leaders.”
This further cements the notion that Epstein wasn’t just a serial child rapist, he was acting as some kind of hub for other child rapists and sexual assaulters.
We have no way of knowing what names will be included in these documents, or what those people will be accused of. We have no idea if Donald Trump will be included, or in what capacity. Nor do we know if these documents will represent proof of anything, or mere documentation of allegations. But what we do know is that the Epstein scandal is about to get a whole lot bigger, and that it’s about to (predictably) expand beyond just Epstein.
This is crucial in that it puts us one step closer to justice for any and all victims involved in this scandal. When it comes to Donald Trump, let’s just say that his increasingly panicked behavior this week suggests that he had some involvement in the crimes or the coverup, and that he fears his role is about to be exposed. We’re just a few days away from getting a lot of answers.

 Palmer Report

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SRB Podcast: The Evictors

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Around Moscow, there’s a whole industry of so-called “black creditors” — microfinance institutions (or MFOs) that swindle and seize debtors’ homes. Ivan Golunov’s investigation for Meduza has discovered that almost 500 apartments have been seized from their owners over the past five years without so much as a court order. In fact, this scheme involves more than simply “squeezing” people from their homes. It is possibly part of a wider, international money-laundering system. Here’s Meduza special correspondent Ivan Golunov on the ins and outs of this industry.

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Global Voices: What do Zimbabwe’s internet disruptions say about the state of digital rights in the country?

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Unexpected internet disruptions can happen on a whim

Zimbabwe’s January internet disruptions sent a chilling message to citizens that internet access is a favor, not a right. Here, two men in Harare, Zimbabwe, rest on a ledge mid-day. Photo by Ethan Zuckerman via Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0.

Millions of Zimbabweans will remember January 2019 for spiraling prices for basic commodities, a massive fuel price hike, and multiple unexpected internet disruptions which lasted for several days.

When protesters took to the streets of Harare, the capital, to speak out against the dramatic 150 percent fuel price hike, the military responded with a brutal clampdown that took many by surprise. Clashes left scores of protesters injured or tortured and at least 12 dead.

As activists turned to social media to mobilize the protests and draw attention to Zimbabwe’s deteriorating economy, President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration responded with restricting access to social media and entire networks in certain areas of the country on the grounds of national security.

Between January 14-21, citizens had difficulties accessing their bank accounts or communicating effectively with friends and family. All businesses and shops shut down as soldiers patrolled the streets.

The government issued directives from the president’s office, channeled through the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) toward mobile and fixed telephony companies to restrict access to entire networks until further notice.

According to Netblocks internet shutdown observatory, the January disruptions included total network shutdowns that took Bulawayo, and Harare, the capital, offline, and restrictions on access to social media platforms and messaging apps including Facebook and Whatsapp.

The disruptions were partially lifted a few days later, but a ban on accessing certain social media services remained until it was lifted on January 21, hours after the country’s High Court deemed the ban ‘’illegal’’.

Zimbabweans now live in fear that a shutdown can happen again at any time on the government’s whim; authorities seem to view digital rights as a favor granted to citizens rather than a constitutional right.

‘Digital rights thwarted’

While Mnangagwa’s administration made a public commitment to opening up the media, he seems to follow in the footsteps of former President Robert Mugabe, who was also intolerant of freedom of expression and freedom of information before the military deposed him in November 2017 — effectively ending his 37-year rule. 

Government officials have repeatedly described access to social media as a potential threat, hinting that similar actions to the January shutdown would not be ruled out. 

In fact, in the aftermath of last January’s disruptions, Energy Mutodi, the Deputy Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, said that the government would not hesitate to shut down the internet in the future, referring to citizens as “primitive people (…) who don’t understand the meaning of peaceful demonstrations.”

In early July, the Minister of Information Communication Technology, Kazembe Kazembe, issued a warning on what he termed abuse of the internet and social media in The Herald:

“There is a lot of photoshopping and negative falsehoods which are being peddled on social media. What really has gotten into us as a people? … Let’s be very careful with what we see on social media. Not everything that we see on social media is true.”

International and regional treaties signed by Zimbabwe

On paper, Zimbabwe is a signatory to various international and regional protocols committing states to safeguard and promote freedom of expression including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Zimbabwe is also committed to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Culture Information and Sport, which deals with information availability, infrastructure, freedom of media and code of ethics.

Such statements by government officials demonstrate the fragile state of digital rights in Zimbabwe, activists said.

Internet Society of Zimbabwe chapter president, Solomon Kembo, pointed out that the disruptions experienced are an indication that ”the authorities would violate digital rights in future if they sense a security threat as a result of protests”.

”The fact that the government was compelled to lift the ban on a technicality and not on the basis of infringing [upon] digital rights gives credence to the assertion that in the future, the government will possibly issue another blanket internet shutdown using the ‘correct’ office”, he told Global Voices in an interview.

The technicality is based on Zimbabwe’s High Court ruling that the state security minister had no authority to order mobile operators to restrict internet access to customers during the January 2019 protests. Internet services were restored after this ruling.

“The shutting down of the internet in January this year set a bad precedent which will ensure this continues to happen in the future. Digital rights are being thwarted in Zimbabwe,” Fidelity Mhlanga, a journalist with the Zimbabwe Independent told Global Voices.

Centralized internet, criminalized speech

The Zimbabwean government continues to push for measures that would tighten its control over the internet. 

In March 2018, Mnangagwa launched the National Policy for Information and Communications Technology, initially introduced by Mugabe’s administration in 2015, which sets out to centralize control over the country’s internet backbone. 

ICT market

The ICT market in Zimbabwe is diverse, with 12 licensed internet access providers (IAPs) and 27 internet service providers (ISPs).

Zimbabwe has five international gateways for internet traffic, namely the state-owned TelOne and Powertel; and private entities Dandemutande, Econet and Africom.

There are five mobile service providers: privately-owned Econet and Africom, and state-owned TelOne, Telecel, and NetOne. Econet dominates the mobile data traffic holding 65 percent of the customer market share as of early 2018.

Currently, the ICT market in Zimbabwe is diverse with various privately-owned service providers. However, the government maintains some level of control over the market through its ownership of two international gateways for internet traffic and three out of the five mobile service providers operating in Zimbabwe: TelOne, Telecel, and NetOne.

In addition, the government asserts its control through POTRAZ, a government parastatal tasked with the regulation of telecommunications and postal services, including the internet. This means they depend on the government for directives. 

During the disruptions, these companies all operate under orders from POTRAZ to terminate internet services. Media and ICT consultant Koliwe Majama noted that it remains a matter of concern that privately-owned Econet, the largest mobile telephony and internet service provider, is always quick to abide by any directives to shut down the internet, especially when they government-issued. 

If the Mnangagwa administration moves forward with its National Policy for Information and Communications Technology, it will only further assert state control over the ICT market, making it easier for the government to order and impose internet disruptions and restrict access to the internet and mobile networks. In a 2018 Freedom on the Net Report, Freedom House noted

Section 7 on ‘ICT Infrastructure’ details plans to establish a single national ICT backbone to be owned by various public and private shareholders but ultimately controlled by the government. The section also mandates infrastructure sharing among telecoms, which private telecoms that have invested heavily in their own infrastructure have decried as a form of ‘backdoor nationalization.’ Most troublingly, Section 23.3 creates ‘The National Backbone Company,’ defined by the document as ‘one Super Gateway’ which shall be the entry and exit point for all international traffic.

Additionally, Mnangagwa’s administration is pushing for the legislative enactment of the Computer Crime and Cybercrime Bill, which will place restrictions on freedom of expression online —  if successfully passed. The bill was first introduced in August 2015. Its third edition, published in 2017, contains vague provisions that would greatly restrict freedom of expression online if adopted.

For example, Section 16 penalizes the dissemination of communications “with intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, threaten bully or cause substantial emotional distress” with a fine, prison of up to 10 years, or both. Section 17 penalizes the spread of false information “to cause psychological or economic harm” with fines, up to five years in prison, or both.

Zimbabwe has one of the most expensive mobile data in the world. Between October 23 and November 28, 2018, 1 gigabyte cost $75 USD per month, way beyond the reach of ordinary working Zimbabwean citizens who on average earn $50 USD per month.

The Mnangagwa administration’s ICT policies and strategies are bound to further thwart Zimbabweans’ right to access the internet: It will make it harder for citizens to express themselves and access and exchange information online, particularly with disrupted internet access. 

For Mhlanga, the Zimbabwe Independent journalist, awareness-raising is key in the battle for an open and free internet in the country. 

“I strongly believe digital rights are just as important as socio-economic rights. However most Zimbabwean citizens are not aware of their digital rights thus the need to raise awareness going forward,” he said.

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Canadian victims gain new rights in military courts, they just can’t use them yet  Global News

Canada passed a law with a new Declaration of Victims’ Rights. Victims will have to wait to exercise some its biggest provisions.

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Global Voices: Netizen Report: In Nigeria and Russia, laws against online ‘insult’ put internet activists on thin ice

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A roundup of digital rights news from across the globe.

The Madonna 7 outside the courthouse. Photo provided by Vivien Douglas and used with permission.

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in technology and human rights around the world. This report covers news and events from July 6 – July 19, 2019.

Rules against online “insult” have long been a feature of cybercrime and other internet-specific laws around the world. While they may be intended to reduce online harassment — which can have a stifling effect on free speech — such policies also can be abused by government authorities seeking to curb critical speech of a political nature.

One recent example of this trend has been at issue in Nigeria, where seven students and alumni of the privately-owned Madonna University in the Niger Delta, Nigeria could face up to seven years in jail over social media posts denouncing poor conditions and mistreatment of students and staff at their university. Nigerians on social media are advocating for their exoneration, calling them the “Madonna 7.”

One member of the group appears to have been targeted for running a WhatsApp group where people discussed concerns about the school administration, including allegations that administrators had locked up a staff member who had spoken critically about school policies.

All were granted bail on July 3 and released from a detention facility where they had been held since March 2019 after being charged under Nigeria’s Cybercrime Act. They are accused of sending “false messages” through social media which caused “annoyance, inconvenience, danger, insult, injury, criminal intimidation” to Madonna University and its chief security officer, Titu Ugwu.

Meanwhile in Russia, activist Igor Gorlanov was accused by police in Novokuznetsk of violating a March 2019 law against making “insulting statements” towards state authorities online on July 15. The activist had shared a link to a MediaZona article about Yuri Kartyzhev, a carpenter who had the dubious honour of becoming the first person sentenced under the new law after he called Vladimir Putin an “unbelievable f***wit” on VKontakte.

On July 10 Pavel Chikov, a lawyer with the human rights organisation Agora, noted on his Telegram channel that, by his count, more than 20 court cases have been launched referencing the new law against insulting the authorities.

Twitter campaign targets “anti-Pak” journalists in Pakistan

On July 5, #ArrestAntiPakJournalists trended on Twitter with over 28,000 tweets shared within a few hours. The hashtag went viral soon after a Twitter account named @IK_Warriors posted a tweet calling for the arrest of journalists belonging to what they described as “the pro-Indian, anti-Pak media group.” The tweet, which called on others to join the campaign, was accompanied by a photo of a list of journalists to be targeted.

The tweets mainly targeted journalists who criticize the government and the military. The @IK_Warriors Twitter account (IK refers to Prime Minister Imran Khan) bears a picture of Khan and the logo of the ruling party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf or PTI. “We are standing for the truth and right [sic]”, the bio of the @IK_Warriors account reads. A cricketer-turned-politician who has been in office for just under a year, Khan’s critics say he was hand-picked by the military.

Responding to the #ArrestAntiPakJournalists hashtag, Mubashir Bukhari, executive editor of the Truth Tracker, told Global Voices:

Anyone who gives an alternate solution to the policies of the government or the military is labeled as anti-Pakistan or a traitor. Such trends are not only threatening and intimidating journalists but also putting the life of journalists at risk.

Mauritania’s internet is back on, for now

Mauritanian authorities restored access to the internet after disrupting it for 10 days following the disputed presidential elections of June 23 and resulting protests. The Ministry of the Interior reportedly ordered the shutdown for security reasons, although activists and human rights groups believe the real aim was to prevent the opposition from mobilizing protesters.

Advocates pressure MTN to keep the internet on in Sudan

A coalition of digital rights and free expression groups are calling on telecommunication company MTN to push back against government demands to disrupt internet access following a five-week shutdown in Sudan. The South Africa-based MTN, which is a leading internet provider in the country, implemented the block as military forces in Sudan violently repressed peaceful protesters, cutting off a critical channel for people to report abuses and access emergency medical services. An open letter signed by Access Now, African Freedom of Expression Exchange, Committee to Protect Journalists, NetBlocks, Paradigm Initiative and others says that by pulling the plug, the company contributed to human rights violations.

IBM and Google are working with surveillance tech makers in China. Should we be surprised?

The OpenPOWER Foundation, a non-profit consortium led by Google and IBM and established to improve interoperability of certain kinds of computing hardware, is working with the Chinese company Semptian, according to a report from The Intercept. Semptian has built multiple powerful technical surveillance tools that authorities in China, the Middle East and North Africa have used to vacuum up people’s private emails, texts and web browser histories. The partnership has enabled IBM and US chip manufacturer Xilinxon to collaborate with Semptian to build a microprocessor that enables computers to efficiently analyze immense amounts of data. A Semptian representative told a reporter posing as a customer that beyond China’s well-known digital dragnet, the firm has set up a mass surveillance system in an unnamed country within the MENA region.

US trade agency orders Facebook to pay up — but are they asking enough?

Facebook is facing a $5 billion fine from the US Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations related to the Cambridge Analytica data breach, in which the analytics firm used private information it improperly harvested from 87 million Facebook users to influence voters approaching the 2016 US election. The penalty would be the largest ever imposed by the Commission against a technology company, but privacy advocates still say the figure amounts to a slap on the wrist for Facebook, which pulled in more than $15 billion in revenue alone in the first quarter of 2019.

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Are we just ticking boxes? Bringing up and expanding notions of gender in internet policy and governance –  Smita, GenderIT.org

 

 

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Russia’s fast-tracking of citizenship for Donbas Ukrainians signal to discuss federalization  Interfax Ukraine

Moscow’s initiative to extend its fast-track citizenship procedure to Ukrainians from any part of Donetsk or Luhansk region signals a desire to federalize Ukraine, …

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Global Voices: Former news anchor threatened for speaking out on crime in Trinidad and Tobago

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Yet, the community has been ‘riled up into unity’

Screenshot of former media personality Colleen Holder, who spoke out against criminal activity in her community of Oropune Gardens. Image is a still from a YouTube video “Let’s Talk Tobago, Episode 250″, uploaded by the Tobago House of Assembly.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Housing Development Corporation (HDC), a state agency that provides public housing assistance, has been criticised for not doing enough to curb crime in many of its communities. The most recent critique touches on incidents at Oropune Gardens, a housing estate in northern Trinidad.

Fed up with the lawlessness in Orupune Gardens and its impact on her quality of life as a resident of the area, former national television news anchor Colleen Holder spoke out in early July 2019, via a letter to the editor that was shared on several news sites. Now, her life is under threat.

Following another murder in her neighbourhood, Holder said:

We are starring in a monthly episode of CSI Oropune Gardens. […] Our community Whatsapp chat group has been lighting up with residents expressing their fear, frustration, irritation, anger at this situation that seems to be spiralling out of control.

On June 26, residents invited Brent Lyons, HDC’s managing director, to attend a meeting to discuss how the could take back control of their community. In place of Lyons, HDC sent a representative from its facilities management team who was ill-equipped to address matters like illegal activities and occupancy, flouting of community rules, and maintenance issues such as poor lighting and overgrown bushes that compromise residents’ safety.

Holder acknowledged that Lyons and Housing Minister, Edmund Dillon, had recently done a walk-through in the community, but she said the visit happened “during working hours when most residents would not have been at home”:

The blame for the spiralling crime in the community rests with the HDC. They are fully aware that they are not enforcing the rules that will allow the community to remain safe. […]

This situation predates both Mr. Lyons and Mr. Dillon, but it has persisted. We have persons harbouring criminals, hiding weapons, facilitating the crime.

Like many in the community, even though Holder has been a victim of crime herself, she doesn’t want to move, saying, “The criminals are the ones who need to pack up and leave.”

On July 5, the HDC said that although “the safety and security of residents in all HDC communities are issues which the corporation gives serious consideration […] there are several issues at play at Oropune Gardens which require a multi-pronged and multi-agency approach for resolution”.

Maintaining that it “cannot be held solely responsible for all of Oropune Gardens’ issues”, the HDC said that the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service “remains the sole entity responsible for the investigation of criminal activity”.

The HDC subsequently began to take action against people in breach of community rules.

As for death threats against Holder, both the Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, and the Minister of National Security, Stuart Young, are aware of the situation; police patrols around Holder’s house have increased.

The silver lining — if there is one — is that Holder says the community has been “riled up into unity”:

They are saying now that this is not her fight but our fight and now I don’t feel like I’m standing on my own. — Colleen Holder

Commentator Noble Philip has been supportive of Holder and clear on the need for the HDC to meet its responsibilities. In a post at Wired 868, he noted that “a 2015 study done in East Port of Spain showed that dysfunctional institutional resources, like the HDC, was the largest defining difference between high performing and crime-ridden communities.”

In another post, Philip took citizens to task for not being more outspoken in support of Holder:

We, in our comfortable homes, mutter about Colleen’s bravery but we keep our heads down. […]

Colleen’s tongue has brought her a death threat, yet her speech has been liberating. Silencing speaks to power in relationships; the powerful possess the capacity to silence us all, not just Colleen. Through intimidating violence, they heighten the consequences of us speaking up. […]

Yielding to this enforcement of silence makes crime more prevalent. Criminals want to be anonymous and free from prosecution. They want to eliminate all who would disseminate information about their actions. […]

The actions (and lack thereof) of the HDC has brought us to this place. They refuse to acknowledge the existence of a Residents Association, thereby making this all about a single campaigner […] the focus is on one person, a woman who dared to persist.

The police are still in the midst of their investigation of the threats against Holder.

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