Is council police the mafia?

EDITOR — I have been watching how council police operate and I feel the authorities must do something to protect ordinary citizens.

While it is laudable that they maintain order and make efforts to de-congest the city, I don’t see any reason why this should cause deaths.

If this is to go on, then nobody is benefitting.

One death is too much and to cause more than one is totally unacceptable.

It is necessary that those in the traffic section go for training on the importance of protecting the public and not just see us as useless pawns in their pointless cat and mouse wars with the commuter omnibus drivers.

Life is very important and to imagine your actions can cause death is enough deterrent to call for restraint.

Another very important issue is for council police to understand that as citizens, we also retain our constitutional right to freedom of expression.

Their intimidation and violent arrests are just unacceptable, especially if one is not breaking any council by-law.

Commenting on your wayward behaviour is not a crime per se.

We are losing our loved ones and we are affected.

Why should one be arrested for merely expressing his or her feelings?

And worse still, the arrests are almost always violent.

Why should we live in perpetual fear of people who are careless with people’s lives?

Where on earth do you derive the powers to suppress public opinion?

If anything, council police officers must go for lessons on public relations and get to realise that citizens’ rights must be respected all the time.

The other day they harassed a journalist for taking pictures.

Yes, we know it’s because you are scared of your wayward actions and do not want the world to know that you are not only corrupt but careless with people’s lives.

May your widely read newspaper help us drive this mafia-style attitude out of this country.

Let it be known that, oppressing the people is not going to solve problems as long as things are not being done the right way.

Fidzo wekuFio

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