Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is linking the thinking that caused the 1970 black power uprising and the 1990 attempted coup to the current Stay- At Home orders where he said it appears that now some lawyers are demanding that people have rights and exercise them by doing the wrong thing, in a situation which he said could “destabilise our country.”
Over the past week, Griffith has been critical of those who have taken the Police Service to task for roadblocks as they seek to enforce the stay at home orders.
On Saturday, as he condemned the 1970 Army Mutiny, which he said would remain as one of the biggest scars in our nation’s history, Griffith noted that “their logic was to do the wrong thing to get the youths to do the right thing.”
This “skewed logic” he said reminds him of the present situation “where attorneys are demanding that people have rights and can exercise them by doing the wrong thing during the stay at home request during this COVID-19 pandemic that threatens to destabilise the country.”
Unlike 1970 and the failed insurrection of 1990 Griffith said “thankfully we now have a Defence Force and a police Service where hopefully there would be no mocking pretenders who may be as foolhardy as what we saw in 1970.”
History he said must never repeat itself “being mindful that the 1990 attempted coup was another example of a failed attempt at such illogical ideology.He cautioned against viewing those who should have been deemed as “mutineers and persons who breached a sacred oath of office” as heroes.
He was critical that everytime the discussion on 1970 came up “even as recent as the articles published in daily newspapers on April 26th, 2020, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of such an unfortunate event, the perpetrators are portrayed as being dreamers, being too bright for their own good, standing up in defence of the oppressed, and doing what was best for the country at that time, which is totally wrong, misleading and if not addressed, has the propensity to reoccur.”
But Griffith said, “Nothing is further from the truth, and such misconceptions must be totally eliminated from the minds of our citizens, because such views may cause others to think that way, inclusive of those who presently wear uniforms.”
He said his statements are “particularly poignant,” based upon the attempted coup, where the 100 plus terrorists in 1990, did not have a snowball chance in hell to succeed. However, a brief moment of concern, was the following morning, when the leader of the insurgents boasted that he had the support of many from the Protective Service. The last thing anyone needs in armed combat he said is to be “looking behind your back, owing to the fear of a Trojan horse in your own camp.”
Griffith warned that such actions must be condemned and rejected at every level in our nation and the persons who were responsible must not be viewed as dreamers and heroes, but”as being enemies of the State, mutineers and a disgrace to any Service where they wore such uniforms.”
Such a message he said would ensure that there would ‘never be any copycats to take such treacherous actions again in our nation’s history.’