Thomas sets record straight on intervention with gangs, insisting PM Browne was not present

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Source Real News: Alister Thomas is rubbishing recent pronouncements by PrimeMinister Gaston Browne about young people and prior gangactivities in the City West constituency.

According to Thomas, while he – Thomas – was attempting to stopthe violence among rival gangs in the area, Browne had no part toplay, despite what he is now suggesting.

In order to address the youth violence, Thomas recalls that he –along with Khalid Shabazz, Kublai James, Kublai Mannix, and Luther

Lee – organized a session in which they had all the gangs cometogether to share their grievances.

This session was held at the old Point School (which was recentlydestroyed by fire), Thomas says, with about 200 gang members,representing 25 gangs, in attendance.

According to Thomas, then Commissioner of Police RawlstonPompey was surprised that the group had been able to get so manyrival gangs into one sitting.

Thomas says the young people, at the time, were concerned aboutfinding work and becoming independent in honest businesses. Andwhat they required, he recollects, was help to get started.

Thomas insists that Browne was not present during this gathering.

However, he continues, the authorities promised to get the youngpeople land for farming in the Dunbars area. But, Thomas says, thepromise was not kept.

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