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Government in Suriname concerned about rise in crime

Published:Tuesday | April 23, 2024 | 10:05 AM
President of Suriname Chandrikapersad Santokhi.

PARAMARIBO, Suriname, CMC – President of Suriname Chandrikapersad Santokhi has sought to re-assure citizens that his administration is creating a safe environment in which they can strive, as the Dutch-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country deals with an upsurge in criminal activities.

Santokhi Monday met with various government officials and security agencies, including Vice President Ronnie Brunswijk, Chairman of the National Assembly, Marinus Bee, Minister of Justice and Police Kenneth Amoksi, Minister of Defense Krishna Mathoera and senior officials of the Suriname Police Force, expressing concern over the recent cases of crime.

“We are committed to creating a safe environment in which our citizens can thrive,” Santokhi said, acknowledging that a new approach is needed given the recent escalation of crime across the country.

The state-owned Suriname Communications Service said that Santokhi has instructed stakeholders to work harder so that the situation is brought under control and safety is maintained.

“We are committed to continuing our efforts to fight crime, maintain order and create a safe environment in which our citizens can thrive. That is why we will go to the maximum until we have guaranteed this,” he added.

Amoksi underscored the importance of controlling the situation, announcing that stricter measures will be taken including increasing roadblocks and tightening the country's immigration policy.

“You don't fight crime alone, we need the community,” Amoksi said, making reference to increased cooperation between all stakeholders.

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