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Weeks calls for communal responsibility over holiday

Michael Weeks, the Minister of National Security (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

An appeal for peace ahead of the National Heroes Day weekend came from Michael Weeks, the national security minister, this afternoon.

Mr Weeks said that carnival events and celebrations offered a chance to come together and “honour the heroes who have shaped our island”.

He added: “However, I must also address a critical aspect of our communal responsibility. Holidays are typically a time when we see a rise in incidents of violence and antisocial behaviour.

“Tragically, during the last holiday, we experienced a fatal act of violence in broad daylight.

“Such incidents cast a dark shadow over our celebrations and remind us of the need for vigilance and responsibility.”

He implored anyone tempted to engage in violence to reconsider their actions.

Mr Weeks said: "Violence is never the answer; it only harms our community and tarnishes the spirit of the festivities.

"For those celebrating, I urge you to do so responsibly. Reckless behaviour, such as drinking and driving, poses a grave danger not only to yourselves but to everyone on our roads.“

Mr Weeks urged residents to be “vigilant and proactive”.

He added: “If you witness any suspicious or violent behaviour, please do not hesitate to report it to the police.

“Your co-operation is vital in maintaining a safe environment for everyone.

"Remember, if you see something, say something. Your actions could prevent a potential tragedy and protect our community.“

Mr Weeks said: “Stay safe, Bermuda, and have a wonderful National Heroes Day weekend.”

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Published June 13, 2024 at 4:51 pm (Updated June 13, 2024 at 11:08 pm)

Weeks calls for communal responsibility over holiday

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