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UPDATE: VI's curfew to end December 22, 2017; Governor threatens public

December 15th, 2017 | Tags: curfew police state Rosalie Adams adjusted crime
Governor of the Virgin Islands, Augustus J. U. Jaspert has announced that the curfew will be lifted on December 22, 2017 but could be re-imposed 'if the lifting of the curfew is having a detrimental effect on the security and safety of residents'. Photo: VINO/File
Deputy Governor Mrs Rosalie Adams, left, is yet to make an official announcement on the curfew adjustment. The curfew has been put in place by the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government of Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), right. Photo: GIS/VINO
Deputy Governor Mrs Rosalie Adams, left, is yet to make an official announcement on the curfew adjustment. The curfew has been put in place by the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government of Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), right. Photo: GIS/VINO
One of the criticisms of the curfew is that it is seemingly turning the Virgin Islands into a police state. Photo: Team of Reporters
One of the criticisms of the curfew is that it is seemingly turning the Virgin Islands into a police state. Photo: Team of Reporters
The controversial curfew imposed on residents on September 10, 2017, days after Hurricane Irma ravaged the Virgin Islands, has still not been lifted. Photo: VINO
The controversial curfew imposed on residents on September 10, 2017, days after Hurricane Irma ravaged the Virgin Islands, has still not been lifted. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It appears the Virgin Islands’ is moving back to becoming a civilised and democratic society after being one of two countries on earth with a curfew.

Today, December 15, 2017 the United Kingdom appointed Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert aka ‘Gus’ confirmed our accurate story first reported by our newsroom, that the curfew hours have been extended and will be from 12 Midnight to 5:00AM effective Friday December 15, 2017.

The Governor went further, in a statement issued by the Government Information Service (GIS), to inform the public that the curfew will end on December 22, 2017.

After three months, the Governor and the National Democratic Party Administration have failed to explain to the people the need for an ongoing curfew. However, according to the press release, Governor Jaspert said today, “over recent weeks, we have seen progress on all fronts. Electricity is being restored in many areas, tourists are returning, and there is a sense that a degree of normality is returning.”

Mr Jaspert, who has been on the job for about four months, said “In light of the progress, Ministers have therefore given a clear steer that they would like to discontinue the curfew before Christmas. Therefore, according to the Governor, the curfew will end at 5:00 AM on Friday, December 22, 2017.

While there has been no evidence that the curfew has reduced crime or is an effective crime fighting tool, Mr Jaspert claimed that “The curfew has been in place to ensure the security of the Territory.”

Children behave yourself or else curfew coming back

The Governor also stated something that many progressive residents saw as a threat. “We will regularly review the security position at the National Security Council and receive updates from the Commissioner of Police. If there are indications that the lifting of the curfew is having a detrimental effect on the security and safety of residents, we will not hesitate to reinstate it,” according to GIS.

In other words, Mr Jaspert made it clear, if residents are not ‘behaving’, he has no issues in reinstating a curfew.

Many residents had a negative reaction to such pronouncements.

See previous article published December 15, 2017

Curfew remains but hours extended from Dec 15, 2017: 12 Midnight to 5:00 A.M.

The controversial curfew imposed on residents on September 10, 2017 has still not been lifted and many in the international community are asking if the Virgin Islands is a failed state.

Word from our senior National Democratic Party (NDP) sources inside the National Security Council is that effective tonight Friday December 15, 2017 the curfew will be extended to 12:00 Midnight to 5:00 AM. The sources did not confirm how long this new extension would be in place.

VI & Honduras only two countries with curfew

Currently, the Virgin Islands (VI) and Honduras are the only two places on earth with a curfew and, according to our newsroom's contacts with reporters in that country today December 15, 2017, we were advised that many parts of Honduras with approximatley 9.113 million people, have seen the curfew lifted but remains in some high risk areas.

The entire curfew is expected to be lifted in a few days as the tensions over the winner of the presidential election have been resolved.

The VI imposed the curfew following Hurricanes Irma and Maria that destroyed the Territory, leaving widespread looting, death and homelessness.

Many other countries who were equally affected by Hurricanes Jose, Irma and Maria, like Puerto Rico, Dominica, St Martin/St Marteen, Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla and the United States Virgin Islands, have long lifted their curfew or never imposed one. All these places expect Anguilla have more crime than the VI and a greater population. The USVI, for example, has only about 50% of its electricity restored on the three islands of St Croix, St John and St Thomas, and has more crime that its neighbours on the British side, but lifted its curfew almost a month ago.

For & against curfew

Those who support the ongoing curfew claim that many of the islands (Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost van Dyke and Anegada) are still dark and persons are still stealing items from residents' cars, boats, homes and businesses. They said with the curfew many persons feel “safe” especially the elderly, and there is nothing to do after hours anyway. They also see the curfew as a tool to fight crime, a notion that has been rejected by the Police Commissioner Michael B. Mathews.

In fact, all the recent crimes from September 7, 2017 to current, including the tragic murder of an 11-year-old schoolgirl, have occurred during non-curfew times.

Critics of the curfew say it makes the VI look like a Banana Republic, having to control the movements of residents in a democratic society. They said it is ineffective in fighting crime, as the history shows even with full electricity- from January to June 2017- there was one murder a month with an increase in burglaries, gun and drug possession offences.

They also said the continued curfew can lead or has led to police brutality and is turning the normally peaceful islands into a police state.

Others have said the continued curfew is a violation of the constitution on freedom of moment and assembly, as there is no State of Emergency.

Other critics of the ongoing curfew have alleged that if the Government Leader, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), is claiming that we are “open for business and back on our feet” then there is no need for the British Overseas Territory to still be under a curfew.

The United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office has also used the curfew to warn their residents about travel to the VI.

35 Responses to “UPDATE: VI's curfew to end December 22, 2017; Governor threatens public”

  • JACK BE STILL (15/12/2017, 11:05) Like (7) Dislike (19) Reply
    I was so disappointed to hear Fraser say yesterday he was still for the curfew I think he need to be invited to a police briefing
  • wize up (15/12/2017, 11:05) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    some of us thought our childhood days were over back in 70s however by 2o17 we are asked to be indoor at a given time( the power the few have the many is mind blowing).......I personally thought the crewfew would have been usd to conduct infrastructural repair so the motorting public would be caught in the mist of the on going works(just say)....keep the faith
  • Windy (15/12/2017, 11:32) Like (19) Dislike (9) Reply

    This curfew is a joke for after 11 PM I have not see one utility company on the road as to say motorist are getting in their way. Look how the weak Governor allowing the NDP and a few business interest to continue to kill we BVI. Sad Sad Day
  • BVI STRONG (15/12/2017, 11:35) Like (20) Dislike (5) Reply
    HOW THE HELL I GOING GET TO GO TO OLD YEAR SERVICE?
  • The Lord (15/12/2017, 12:07) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Stay Holman have church you Wicked self
    • Back2Basics (15/12/2017, 22:55) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
      I see you didn't pay attention in school. You meant to say; "Stay home and have church with your wicked self." Some of y'all make it so easy for me to insult you. Instead of calling people wicked, go to the local college and see if they can help you with some Adult Learning Classes. Make sure that English is one of the courses you take.
      • Eagle Eye (16/12/2017, 08:32) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        You are putting capital letters where they are not suppose to be and speaking about school.
        • True (16/12/2017, 12:40) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
          you all can not read either, Curfew ENDS 22nd so you can all go to the silly place to worship a Pagan festival
  • LOL (15/12/2017, 12:15) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Attend online from home! LOL!
  • rattie (15/12/2017, 12:40) Like (19) Dislike (5) Reply
    Leave the curfew alone you all to lawless
  • Prophet (15/12/2017, 15:21) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Becareful what u ask for. Now that the curfew will be lifted i hope we will not wish for its restoration.
  • belonger (15/12/2017, 21:09) Like (7) Dislike (12) Reply
    KKK do you know what boys mean. In the US black men were referred to as boys during the American Slave Trade. The boys were sold for purposes of breeding juvenile black girls. Meaning black men were less than man they were called Niggas and boys. Just so u would know the racial slur whenever you hear a white man refer to a black man as boy.
  • we the people (15/12/2017, 21:12) Like (10) Dislike (18) Reply
    "If there are indications that the lifting of the curfew is having a detrimental effect on the security and safety of residents, we will not hesitate to reinstate it”

    I agree very insensitive statement just like inviting us to dance for the Prince!!!! This mad need some cultural training
    • @ we the people (16/12/2017, 06:51) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      Haveing the DR SMITH MYRON MARK GANG REMAIN IN POWER IS THE ONLY THING HAVING A DETRIMENTAL EFFECT ON THE BVI, TRUST ME GOVERNOR
  • BIG B (15/12/2017, 22:00) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    TO THE LEADERS OF THE BVI WHY DO YOU HAVE TO PAY $10. 00 TO COME IN TO THE BVI IF YOU NOT FROM THERE .SOME OF U COME TO VISIT OR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WE ALSO GO OUT AND SPEND MONET TOO.AND WHEN WE ARE READY TO LEAVE WE HAVE TO PAY $ 20.00 BVI YOU ARE PUSHING US AWAY WE ARE ON BIG FAMILE WHICH YOU DONT MIND PAYING BUT IT A LITTLE EXTREAM.
  • Ghost (16/12/2017, 04:31) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    NDP PROGRESS. Hmm.
  • Collapse (16/12/2017, 06:47) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Even in the CURFEW where is the ndp?
  • Aaah (16/12/2017, 07:09) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Come on VINO "Governor threatens Public" is that statement correct? My God I am really scared for this country?Did the Governor used the words "Children behave yourself? What about behaving is so offensive? If it was alleged to have have used by another person..let's way a talk show host would it have been offensive? The curfew will be lifted. The fallout will be reported by VINO. Who will be blamed it things start to go south?
  • Well (16/12/2017, 09:56) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Tell it like it is Gov Gus. If some misbehave put it back.. Because it affects them maybe then some members of the community would stop endorsing or turning a blind eye to criminal behaviour.
  • NezRez (16/12/2017, 11:36) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    In the first paragraph it stated we must become civilized again. Excuse me, but we have always been civilized, the few that were causing havoc here were the culprits and I don’t appreciate you calling us anything less. The curfew is no longer needed. Also, to be told to be good boys, whether you like it or not, is derogatory and calling grown men boys is another slap in the face. Don’t even think because we are a small island that he can just say anything and we must think it’s funny, because it is insulting to us. Sarcasm your behind. Think and speak with sensitivity and common sense. We have all been through a very traumatic situation and are rebuilding the best we can. I thank all Workers I see daily doing a fantastic job and wish you all good health. Some people will never be satisfied, but I am grateful for everything positive being done.
  • LOL (16/12/2017, 11:54) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    A country cannot run without law and order the governor is right and who do not want to comply with it to bad . To much nonsense have being going on for to long . MR GOVERNOR please do what is right to protect the law abiding citizen of this place .
  • please (16/12/2017, 14:21) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why would anyone be upset by what the Gov said, seems the right thing to do. If Law and order is breaking down again reinstate the curfew. Sensible. Why the antagonism?
  • wize up (16/12/2017, 15:25) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Paleface says it's time to go home!!!!
  • Gus (17/12/2017, 05:36) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    He is the master you all are still on the plantation so get with the program
    • Brokenchains (17/12/2017, 14:43) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Emancipate yourself from mental slavery none but yourself could free your mind.
    • Watchout (17/12/2017, 16:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      During slavery the black overseers were the most cruel task masters. Perhaps some of you prefer a return to that.
  • @wize up (17/12/2017, 14:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pale face says he is going home. See what will happen when no pale faces come in their ships (cruise).
    • wize up (18/12/2017, 13:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @@ the BVI did not just began(just for your info)the pale face will not leave this BVI because he found a goldmine: the economic opportunity they foster and enjoy in this territory they can not find it in most places: the tranquility pale enjoys here can not be done in most countries: can walk these BVI streets at any hour: bike ride or jogging in this territory SO them not leaving BVI: the truth be told(simply compare the number of cruise ship passenger per year then the volume of income(money)generated per annum).....you here blogging piss( the same plale face branded this territory as a bird sanctuary many many years but our godfather made the BVI what it is today but poor leadership have seen the BV Islander becoming second class citizen up in here.....you keep the faith!!!!!


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