This SOE and SOE Govt: Looking Back

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Last year at around 8pm later this evening the PM and her Cabinet would gather at the PM's private home before television cameras and issue a State of Emergengy on the country to counter an unknown menace. Many speculated that it was the spate of 11 murders over the course of a weekend; others whispered that there was a missing container of ammunitions belonging to the govt stolen by a drug lord. The govt eventually maintained the SOE....which was first limited, fully limited, fully unlimited, then just plain SOE....was as a result of a clear and present danger from Columbia, then from Beetham, then from 2 tins of peas, then a 14 year old girl. We are yet to get a reason for the SOE or a proper analysis of its impact. During the 107-day period the Government named specific hotspots that at first were predominantly black urban communities. None of the hotspots then were on the country's coastline. Night after night we were treated to pictures of scores of black men being tossed into the backs of trucks. The govt declared it was going after the Big Fish! Many citizens sighed with relief. Finally somebody has developed the balls to deal with crime. Finally our rights could be randomly suspended and people arrested without cause. Many citizens were glad the real criminals, aka young black males from single parent homes who resemble John Sandy, were being arrested. Few cared about the illegality of the SOE, about the suspension of their rights and about the many abuses citizens were being subjected to by its government. One pro-Kamla feminist had proudly announced that she was in favour of the SOE because she could now sit on her front porch with her baby. A week later we began to hear accounts of women being raped and abused by police and soldiers during the SOE and its concurrent curfew.  The country was immediately polarised between those for and against the SOE. At its start the President of the country, the Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police were absent from the country. The President left for vacation soon after the declaration. The CoPs left before and returned during its first week. After 2 weeks the Govt met to debate over a three day period extending the SOE, changing the curfew hours amd extending the number of hotspots! To be continued....