Almost 70 arrested on J’ouvert

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, Wednesday, 26th December, 2018, ( – Despite the pleas of local police authorities and carnival organizers, many still thought it best this J’ouvert morning to test the resolve of the security forces.

As a result, police and Defense Force officers were kept busy rounding up the hooligans who decided to take weapons into the bands and to create disturbances and engage in fights.

Some even physically assaulted members of the security detail on duty, but they were met with appropriate restraint by the lawmen.

Now, police are reporting that they took into custody, some 64 persons on J’ouvert, for various offences.

Police say that “Unfortunately, due to several incidents that occurred during J’ouvert, a decision was made in the interest of public safety to restrict the event to 10:00 a.m.”

The Police say they are aware that a number of the incidents were gang-related and the others were fights that occurred during the street jam.

“As with previous years, majority of the persons who turned out enjoyed themselves, whether it was from the sidelines or as a member of one of several troupes that were registered with the Carnival Committee,” said police in a release

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