- The following statement was released by Opposition Leader Craig Cannonier, One Bermuda Alliance, after a holiday weekend filled with “shocking” acts of violence…on why now is the time for “all sections of the community to help solve the issues facing our island and its people”…
My first reaction when I saw reports of the violence over the weekend was anger. I was angry that another Bermudian life has been needlessly lost and that other lives were being put at risk by the actions of people who showed that they do not care about the community.
The acts of violence over this weekend have been shocking. I am alarmed and saddened. Some of the scenes we saw over the weekend were witnessed by young children and I am sure families across Bermuda must feel concerned about their child’s safety when they go out.
There is absolutely no excuse for what we are seeing but I have to believe that some of the behaviour is perhaps due to the pressure of lockdown, where many Bermudians have been struggling just to survive.
Although cases of Covid-19 are, thankfully, very low the future is still going to be hard. The economy will take some time to get back to something near normal and there is going to be financial hardship.
Now is the time for cool, calm, empathic and strong leadership from all sections of the community to help solve the issues facing our Island and its people.