By all indications Assou Square has been a roaring success. Notwithstanding the rainy start on Sunday, January 1st, Monday proved to be very crowded, activities going until the cut-ff time of 12 midnight. Much to the delight of the kids and Assou Square fans a third day of the decades-old activity will be continue today, Tuesday, January 3rd.
According to sources 10 children were reported missing yesterday, but with swift police action they were all found and reunited with their parents. Police sweeps in the vicinity of the ‘Square’ netted eight (8) individuals who were found armed with knives and scissors who were taken into custody. A few minor skirmishes involving fist fights and bottle throwing were quickly quelled by police.
Security at the venue was a top priority for law enforcement officials and personnel in the city were augmented by the addition of city police from the Castries Constituency Council (CCC). A total of 23 officers recently joined the ranks of the C.C.C. when they were sworn-in on December 19, 2016. Another batch of recruits is expected during the first quarter of 2017 increasing the numbers in the unit to 50.
At that ceremony Mayor of Castries, Peterson Francis said, “Citizens and visitors alike have for too long lamented the creeping sense of insecurity in the city of Castries. Criminals cannot continue to act with boldness and impunity. We have come a very long way, and indeed I am delighted that the City Police idea I spoke to on several occasions is bearing fruit. The city’s police force will be committed to building trust and will have a positive influence on the community.”
Meanwhile, the office of the Mayor has issued a press statement regarding the cut off time for the final day of Assou Square:
Assou Square 2017 will end at 10pm, today Tuesday January 3, 2017
“The Office of the Mayor wishes to inform members of the public that Assou Square 2017 will end at 10pm, today Tuesday January 3, 2017 and not at 6pm as was being speculated.
The 10pm shut down will allow for sufficient time to clean up the city, which will begin immediately upon the conclusion of Assou Square.
The funeral service of the late Sir Dwight Venner is scheduled for Wednesday January 4th, 2017 at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and the Office of the Mayor gives every assurance that the city will be adequately prepared to facilitate the event.”
Meanwhile the kids are having a ball – remember your days?