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No major incidents @ 2019 Festival Week - CoP Matthews

-says conflicts were either drink related or minor altercations
Strong police presence at the Carrot Bay Cultural Fiesta on August 9, 2019. Photo: VINO/File
Speaking Exclusively to Virgin Islands News Online (VINO), Commissioner of Police (CoP), of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, Mr Micheal B. Matthews (left) said that aside from minor altercation, the festival was a resounding success with regards to policing efforts in the territory. Photo: VINO/File
Speaking Exclusively to Virgin Islands News Online (VINO), Commissioner of Police (CoP), of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, Mr Micheal B. Matthews (left) said that aside from minor altercation, the festival was a resounding success with regards to policing efforts in the territory. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - With the packed 2019 Emancipation festival week now history in the Virgin Islands (VI), officials are reporting successes on all fronts amidst minor challenges in the execution of this year’s activities.

Speaking Exclusively to Virgin Islands News Online (VINO), Commissioner of Police (CoP) of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), Mr Micheal B. Matthews said that aside from minor altercations, the festival was a resounding success with regards to policing efforts during the celebrations.

‘Public Cooperated’ – Mr Matthews

“From a policing perspective, the festival was a success. Only a very few minor incidents generally speaking which were either drink-related or minor altercations,” he said.

CoP Matthews continued, “I am pleased to report that our planned policing response was successful and kept those attending all aspects of Festival safe. I am grateful in this regard for the cooperation of the vast majority of the public who clearly enjoyed the festivities peacefully.”

Meanwhile, Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) aka 'Showande Uhuru', in invited comments echoed similar sentiments.

“The festival was successful. We had great attendance, great participation, high-quality performances by local and international acts, great cultural events, a great parade, and great rise and shine tramps,” he told this news website.

‘Weather impacted some events’ – Hon Wheatley   

He said with regards to challenges, the rain impacted a few nights and Participation on the East End of Tortola was not as expected.

During the launch of the 65th Emancipation Celebrations on July 26, 2019, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) took the opportunity to call for law and order given the importance of the celebrations, by urging citizens to not get involved in any criminal activity, illegalities or fights.

“Instead you will use this time to unite… to build up each other, because that is what festival is a tribute to our ancestors,” the Premier said. 

 

2 Responses to “No major incidents @ 2019 Festival Week - CoP Matthews ”

  • pat (12/08/2019, 11:26) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    After all those fights?
  • 911 (12/08/2019, 18:40) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    they always put a spin on every thing keep awoke people with the police force and them set of island men they keep hiring


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