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!
September 30, 2007 at 11:50 am
..how long, how many lives, what extent of destruction of what type; will it take us to say “Its all of us, everyone of us who are responsible for where we are in?”
September 27, 2007 at 4:39 am
shame!shame!shame!where are the bloody terror laws?if it was some guy politician with a piece of chalk.. he/she would have been charged..arrested by starforce and now sentenced to prison… what about these gangs? no they cant be.because:1.both opposition and drp gets ‘help’ from these gangs.2.there are rich drug dealers among leaders of both main political parties.3.this kinda anarchy is beneficial for both parties (so that they can say.. “see.. this is the result of .. blh blah.. and if you do what we say.. you wont have to live i fear”4.too much of human rights, when it comes to drug dealers and gang leaders.5.and many other reasons.PS. MNDF,Police… we are depending on you.
September 25, 2007 at 1:29 am
this is no new game. the govt is the player and we (the public) are being played.
September 24, 2007 at 11:44 am
ShihabOutsourcing homeland security to private interests will create war lords like in tribal areas of Pakistan where the govt. cannot enforce law unless they go through the warlords.To do that would be jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
September 24, 2007 at 8:48 am
Dont worry guys, this is just the begining of the gang fights, there is a lot more to come. Fasten your seat belts and getready to face the consequence of letting the drugs to flow on its ease for years in a small country like Maldives. Now dont talk about it, If you cant participate just be a spectator like me…
September 24, 2007 at 7:35 am
years of negligence by the government. now we are seeing the fruits of it.
September 24, 2007 at 3:23 am
Its not a shame on police alone. Police cant control riots yes! but how about the public! shouldnt they be more civilised? This is ramazan, but we see another picture all throughout maldives.. robbery, riots, n blur blur..