Speak up against extortionists
THE EDITOR, Sir:
While a student, I was taught that "the voice of the people is the voice of God". And the tragedy experienced by the hard-working citizens of Claremont gave 'voice' to a 'malady' - and the most
insidious form of antisocial personality disorder, known as 'extortion.'
It is a form of behaviour that employs verbal coercion and threat to do grave physical harm to an individual or someone close if the person refuses to do as told. This behaviour is characteristic of many self-appointed so-called 'area leaders' across this beautiful island.
Hard-working, honest, law-abiding citizens are compelled to hand over cash and privileges to these parasitic unemployed freeloaders. Onlookers can observe them as they eat and drink the meals free and without ever paying a red cent. This tearful experience is borne in utter silence. The reason for the silence is fear. Therefore, many people hand over money direct or indirectly to these parasitic men.
Let me appeal and encourage everyone: tell the police, or use your telephone to 'rat out' the extortionists from the communities. Build trust with your police officers. They are there for you.
Glen George Wilson