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Apr 4, 2016

‘Boots’ Martinez Supports Curfew, But Says More Must Be Done

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

Minister Anthony “Boots” Martinez, however, says that he supports the initiative. But that a curfew imposed on children won’t address the issue of minors being recruited to commit violent crimes.


Anthony “Boots” Martinez, Minister of Human Development

“It’s an initiative that I support, but also too looking at the whole aspect of the involvement of children in terms of criminal activities stem, and the facts will show, not from children out in the night; it stems from children that are out and about in the day when they should be in school or some programs. And so we are looking, in my view, a preventative aspect to holistically working with our ministry, the Ministry of Education and the police to ensure that the problem of children not going to school is being addressed. Whether it means that the children have no school bags, they put them out of school because of owing schools…the ministry and the government must look on those factors. In my humble opinion, lot of the factors is because of lack of resources on the family and soh. And so I think it is a holistic problem that needs to be addressed with parents, with the community, with the police, with everybody. My biggest fear is the amount of alarming children not going to school for some reason or the other and who may fall prey to criminal lifestyle. And I think, to me, working on that aspect will also have the curfew be a minute point. But I am saying, and this is my observation as a representative and a representative on the ground moving across the city, too many times children are in those homes—some of them not attached to gangs or whatsoever—but eventually they have a saying that say idle mind is the devil workshop and I think that ina my view, preventative measures is very important moving forward.”


Duane Moody

“Should a child be out after that time?”


Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“I don’t believe so you know sir. But I am saying to you that you are a news media person; yo cover a lot of the stories and lotta the incident involving minors take part during bright daylight hours. So the ongoing problem in my view is not one of a lot of children out after nine in the night—they shouldn’t be there—but we have to look at what is the reality. The reality that too many children are out of school when they should be in school, idling about and then they fall prey to the criminal elements. And that in my view…if you take that into consideration and you work towards that you will be getting somewhere. Looking on only children that is out after nine in the night solely; that won’t cut it sir.”

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1 Response for “‘Boots’ Martinez Supports Curfew, But Says More Must Be Done”

  1. Logical Reasoning says:

    All i could have understood from this sir, was that “Patrick you no the do yo job good, do more patrick do more”……

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