Published On: Mon, Sep 1st, 2014

OM: 406 illegal weapons turned in

Heiko de JongWILLEMSTAD - Chief Public Prosecutor of the Public Prosecutor Curaçao, Heiko de Jong, thanked the people of Curacao for the very positive way that they have responded to the action campaign Deliver and Disarm Curaçao. "During this grace period, it was clearly shown that they want to disarm the island. There were as many as 406 illegal firearms turned in during this period,” De Jong said in a press statement.

“Violence has victims, families and communities in its grip. It breaks communities and is to blame for the fact that people do not come together anymore. Violence can take many forms, such as robbery, rape and even murder.”

“Firearms are part of the problem. It makes violence worse than it already is. During many robberies firearms are used.”

This is why the action team says "Ta Basta Awor" (It's Been Enough). During this action, the community showed that it had enough of this violence.

The action campaign "Ta Basta Awor", according to De Jong, certainly does not end there.

"During the campaign we have had contact with the clergy and role models in our community. The Prosecution is of the opinion that we must work together to create a situation and standard in Curaçao whereby violence is reduced, prevented and eliminated.”

The Public Prosecution Curaçao will now proceed to the action "Basha Bou i Desarmá Korsou" (Report and Disarm Curaçao). The prosecution asks the community to interact with them by calling 0800 TABASTA (0800-8222782), where tips can be given to report illegal firearms.

“Your tip will remain anonymous and you will get a reward if it proves to be correct. For the right tip the OM gives a reward between 350 and 1,000 guilders.”

The Public Prosecution works closely with uniformed services such as the Police Corps of Curacao, the volunteer corps VKC, the Coast Guard, the Royal Military Police, Customs and the Ministry of Defense in the action "Ta Basta Awor" because only together it becomes achievable. A Curacao with less violence is safer for all of us,” Chief Prosecutor Heiko de Jong said.

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