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Sep 4, 2015

Carnival Association Addresses Violent Incidents

Sandra Mahler

But the mas camps were not without incidents. On Wednesday night there were several violent fights and threats made between rivaling gangs in proximity of one particular camp. The GSU got involved and warning shots were fired in the air. The music was turned off and orders were given to members of the camp and onlookers to retire to their homes. Then on Thursday night there was yet another incident in which a reveler was hit to the face with a bottle as she played her costume for the judges. So do these incidents affect the bands and in terms of security measures, how safe are these carnival events? President of the Association, Sandra Mahler, explains.

 

Sandra Mahler, President, Carnival Association

“The incidents that happen last night and the one that happened today no way will affect the judging because it had nothing to do with the revelers or the band. Actually we have people coming to see what’s going on and then with all the alcohol they are taking in, fight starts and then it happens outside of the mas camp and not inside. So there will be no points taken away for that because it really has nothing to do with the revelers or the bad or the actual camp itself. As the president of the association, I want to encourage everybody to come out because carnival is a community thing. Going out to mas camp, you can see that the entire community is there with us, near and far. These fights definitely I don’t believe should affect anything, but as the president of the association, we are taking steps to safeguard our revelers, safeguard our band leaders and to safeguard the public. So tomorrow we are having an emergency meeting and we are inviting the police department to come and speak to my band leaders, come and speak to the revelers so that we know what’s going on so that they are safe. So that come September twelfth, we don’t have any of these problems affecting our revelers, affecting the mas camp and at the larger end affecting carnival because carnival is about fun, not about fighting. And we don’t want the public to have any fear to come out to King and Queen or to come out to any event that we might have during this celebration time.”

 

This Saturday at the Rogers Stadium in Belize City, the giant costumes take the stage for the King and Queen Competition. 

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