The gang fighting in Addu has erupted into a clash with the police last night, that resulted in injuries to 11 policemen and four civilians. One of the poice vehicles which went to the scene was rampaged. This is a violet gang fight that has been terrorizing the local population since July this year. At a climax this afternoon, a group of stick wielding youth boarded a school bus and attached the children in the bus. Several children bled with major injuries. One had a broken nose. According to unidentified sources, Haveeru repoted this incident was related to the ongoing gang fighting.
In the news tonight was also the gang fighting in Fares Maathodaa, which has been an island where there has been violent clashes between youth belonging to two wards of the island since an argument developed into a fight between them.
I have come across people today who have brushed off these as the cost of a transition to modern human civilization and democracy. Some of them argued that the old and dictatorial institutions has to come down and society has to “unwrap” itself before stabilizing into a full blown democracy. Some even argued that the cost Iraq had to pay to get over the clutches of a dictator and a murderer was over ten years of near starvation, and an aftermath that has cost over 1.5million Iraqi deaths and nearly 100,000 US lives in Iraq.
The feeling I got by listening to them is that it doesn’t matter as long as it were others who were paying the price of the transition. We could sit and sip coffee and talk about it. And yet, others could enjoy the pleasures of modern living behind the secure homes that they only could afford, here and elsewhere.
It is sad, that this anarchy will be continued for the benefit of a phantom unseen and unknown. I simply cannot understand the helplessness of the people to find peace and harmony. We have politicians and political parties who have been paid out of the public coffer and through enormous international aid to ensure just that; stability and safety. The money is well spent, without any foreseeable outcomes for which they were earmarked.
One thought that comes to my mind is, why not we privatize public security to the gangs that seem to be mushrooming all over the country. We can outsource Male’ municipal police services and Addu municipal police services as well as Huvadhu municipal police services and so on to private contrators. They will have to send their members for police training in the state run Police Schools before being allowed to serve in the municipal police services they awarded on contract.
I believe that the society would be better off in the hands of private contractors providing municipal police services.
We have MNDF whose job it is “to be in waiting”. The country is going into absolute anarchy. They number over 2% of the population according to rumours and have the best training and unlimited resources, yet will standby and see the country rot slowly.
What a shame!