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Curfew lifted today December 22, 2017

The curfew in the Virgin Islands has been lifted by Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, left. Right: Police Commissioner Michael B. Matthews was not of the view the curfew was an effective crime fighting tool. Photo: VINO/File
An armed overseas police officer in the Virgin Islands. Many persons felt the curfew was only violating their rights as it was not an effective crime fighting strategy, according to statistics. Photo: Team of Reporters
An armed overseas police officer in the Virgin Islands. Many persons felt the curfew was only violating their rights as it was not an effective crime fighting strategy, according to statistics. Photo: Team of Reporters
The curfew was imposed on the Virgin Islands days after Hurricane Irma ravaged the Territory on September 6, 2017. Photo: VINO
The curfew was imposed on the Virgin Islands days after Hurricane Irma ravaged the Territory on September 6, 2017. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The controversial curfew imposed on residents of the British Overseas Territory of the Virgin Islands (VI) has finally been lifted today December 22, 2017.

National Security Council (NSC) sources within the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) confirmed to our newsroom this morning that the United Kingdom appointed Governor, Augustus J. U. Jaspert aka ‘Gus’, had already signed the order lifting the 3 month old curfew at 5:00AM today.

Passion! For & against a curfew

The curfew had its critics and loyal supporters; however, many believed that if the Territory is telling the world they are open for business then a curfew is counterproductive and it’s not an effective tool to fight crime, something confirmed by Police Commissioner Michael B. Mathews.

The curfew supporters say many places throughout the islands are still very dark and lawless and business persons and the elderly want it to remain in place. At least one politician, Hon Julian Fraser RA who represents the Third District, supports the curfew.

There is also active debate by the law enforcement community as to the effectiveness of the curfew, with both for and against the lifting, according to the same NSC source.

Following the powerful hurricanes Irma and Maria that destroyed the VI, the NDP went AWOL for a month with no communication to the people. The international media reported that the Government had collapsed.

The Government resurfaced on October 5, 2017 at a House of Assembly (HoA) meeting, but not to give the people a plan for recovery or offer assistance to residents after widespread looting, 85% of homes, car, boats and businesses destroyed or even a law to protect residents from price gouging.

Instead, the Smith-Administration rushed through a curfew law even after the State of Emergency had been lifted.

Behave or I will return the curfew-Governor

It made the Territory look like a lawless banana republic; however, all the crimes that occured between October 5, 2017 and December 21, 2017 while under curfew, including the killing of an 11 year old school girl execution style, happened during hours when there was no curfew.

The VI joined Honduras as two places on earth which imposed a curfew earlier this month. Honduras imposed theirs following civil disobedience over who won the presidency.

Honduras has since lifted over 80% of their curfew, a country of some over 9 Million people. However, there remains curfew in what they consider the most dangerous big cities, but they have announced that the curfew is expected to be lifted before year end.

Governor Jaspert threated residents that if they do not behave he will not hesitate to return the curfew, something that progressive residents, many attorneys and constitutionalists found to be offensive.

12 Responses to “Curfew lifted today December 22, 2017”

  • DON Q (22/12/2017, 12:11) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
    Its about TIME
  • WTF (22/12/2017, 13:14) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    The curfew is a useful tool if it is enforced. If the police were to patrol and enforce the curfew law it will be an effective determent to crime. This is not a good time to lift the curfew. Christmas time? Give me a break.
  • Gumption.Official (22/12/2017, 13:33) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    You’ll behave yourself now and enjoy the holidays
  • Jimmy smith (22/12/2017, 13:42) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    I do not believe that the curfew is a means of deterrent to crime, what i believe is the B. V.I. police need to step up their game and do their damn jobs instead wasting so much time on their private jobs, by time they get to their real police work they tired. Need to step up patrol in the hot spot areas where idle gatherings ie Baughers bay , long look, Purcell , Belview, the ghetto and any other areas that have high crime activity, need to increase stop and searches , need a nuisance laws for scooters, there is one young man on a yellow scooter always playing loud music he need coming off the road. police needs to stop taking sides and playing favorites.
  • cay (22/12/2017, 15:12) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now next left the weight of the NDP off we
  • de silent one (22/12/2017, 19:28) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I don't think it's a good idea to have lifted the curfew during this time. We are seeing the blatant disregard/disrespect for law and order during the curfew, what do we expect to happen now. Have you"ll drive through Road Town during the night time to see how black dark it is? Now lifting the curfew under these condition, is a recipe for more criminal activities.
  • prompt (22/12/2017, 20:31) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Its a darm shame lifting the curfew at this time.. it was NOT a wise decision at all. I hope aryo don"t regret this.
    • just asking... (23/12/2017, 02:13) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      So when you all wanted it lifted? 2020?
      • WTF (27/12/2017, 09:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @just asking
        For as long as it takes. Many areas on the island is still with out electricity. The area where I live is pitch dark and is a not well travelled road. The safety of residents were not considered when the curfew was lifted.
  • wize up (22/12/2017, 22:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Go from your home now then count how many police you see patrolling our communities then we sit and wonder about crime: the criminals have taken over the once peaceful British Virgin Islands
  • Viirgin lander Flatbush Florida USA (23/12/2017, 10:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @wize up So the Police is the issue Know? The curfew is lifted so when things happen You will blame them that is how you all are look I have always support the curfew. It has its pros and cons. The thing is most of the persons who are calling for it to be lifted have electricity and running water life to them have returned to normal and to hell with everybody else. The thing is there are dozens of persons in areas that have not changed much since Irma. They live in the dark and these days there are so many strange faces in the place you just don't know who they are and their intention. On the other hand lifting the curfew allows people to do their traditional late shopping and to attend New year/old year church services or party what ever you choose. Most of the persons who are against the curfew are mostly liners or those who have no regards for the rules of law in this territory. So go ahead blame the COPS when things go wrong I will like to asked again what is wrong to ask someone to behave themselves or to say the curfew will be reinstated if they don't?
  • wize up (23/12/2017, 13:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @@ wize up: good for you!!!!

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