Published On: Mon, Dec 30th, 2013

Asjes: ‘Tougher approach against crime’

Ivar AsjesWILLEMSTAD - The government will be tougher on crime in 2014, repression will be strengthened. This was announced by Prime Minister Ivar Asjes last Saturday during his speech at the Puebelo Soberano headquarters.

Asjes responded to the wave of violence during the holidays.

“Crime is unacceptable. We will send out the message loud and clear that there must be order in our country, we will have order for sure.”

According to the Prime Minister, the government will not be shy in asking for help. He also states that it doesn’t matter where that help comes from.

“If we have to look for assistance we will not hesitate to do so. We will do it in order to ensure that order prevails.”

It is also necessary that the ministries cooperate with each other to make a policy that is more focused on prevention, Asjes said to the audience.

Asjeses also stated that “Christmas was not easy for Curaçao”.

Asjes expressed his condolences to the families who have lost someone due to crime during the holidays. The Prime Minister then wondered how it is possible that differences are no longer addressed through talking. “Why do people now immediately resort to violence? Why can’t we sit down together and talk?”

According to Asjes everyone looks to the government, as several violent incidents have occurred.

But, according to the Prime Minister; “We also need to look towards the families in the neighborhoods, who also have a role in this.”

When it comes to children’s upbringing and education, the government cannot replace parents, said the Prime Minister. The government can only support the parents in the upbringing.

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