The public protest of 30 June 2020 that was focused on Port- of Spain and its suburbs of East and North Port of Spain exhibited signs of central planning, coordination and the use of all resources possessed including illicit force to attain a specific end. This end was the provocation of the police utilizing a range of measures to precipitate the use of deadly force on protesters taking lives thereby precipitating a political crisis that envelops the police in an election year. The overarching intent was the political message sent in an election year of the power a non State actor wields over the spaces of protest in the suburbs surrounding Port of Spain, the seat of government. In these spaces the government reigns but does not rule which is the product of a colossal failure of policing from the 1970s to the present.
The police commissioner continues to insist that the strategy unleashed on the 30 June 2020 was the product of gangland in these spaces as supposedly warring, factionalized gangland according to mainstream discourse suddenly combined, formulated the strategy and launched and managed the operation on 30 June purely out of hate for an effective police in a quest for space. Snake oil with a political flavor as per usual since August 2017. It is revealed by the police that they had no idea of the scale of the operation that was unleashed on 30 June but they knew something was coming. This is an admission that the group that created, launched and managed the operation is not penetrated by, there are no assets in this group. Hence you had no idea that militias armed with assault rifles will be used from the high ground to create operating conditions of deadly fire in order to precipitate opening fire on demonstrators. Then the word cartel was used. This new found order of gangland has it now constituted a gangland cartel?
Multiple gangland spaces under the control of gangs supposedly at war with each other were combined to create an open, flowing field of engagement with the police. Quarry Street and Observatory Street flowed in unison, the plannings of east Port of Spain flowed in unison, Sea Lots flowed with east Port of Spain whilst Beetham Gardens and north of the Eastern Main Road became one. This is the most potent public expression given by gangland T&T to-date that the mainstream discourse is just ole talk. The message is that there exists a new order on the ground rooted in the hegemony of Transnational Organized Crime that controls supply and affords the means to generate wealth through the illicit trades that before was denied to gangland. This is about wealth, business and earning. After four capos were removed from 2018 to the present the order is talking from the ground to the powers that be and the message is Pax Mexicana!