The police in Dominica are warning that they will be taking a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to those who break the law during Carnival.
The official opening of the season is carded for Saturday and Superindendent of Police Ainsworth Irish is appealing to the public to ensure that all events go smoothly. “The public is advised to cooperate fully with the police to ensure the smooth running of the opening of Carnival,” Irish said.
He said under no circumstances should traffic signs installed by the police, be removed .
He warned that anyone arrested during Carnival will be sent to prison. “We are saying anyone who is arrested during the event of Carnival, we will seek to have them remanded, to be put away, to ensure that there is no problems or any sort of difficulties,” he noted.
The police have also outlined a new set of rules for the opening parade and Carnival days, which according to Inspector Richmond Valentine, must be “strictly adhered too.”
He said everyone dressed in sen-say costumes should carry an ID number, the height limit for the trucks at Carnival must be 14 feet with the base of the truck to the last speaker not exceeding 14 feet and no more than 10 persons are allowed on speakers during the parade.
Valentine said any truck that violate the rules will be immediately removed from the parade.
“The road is wide enough and the route is long enough for persons to jump and dance but for some reason, people prefer to jump and dance on the top of those trucks, there is also a limit to that,” he said.
The opening parade begins on Victoria Street to King George the Fifth Street, then onto Great George Street to Carnival City at the Pottersville Savannah.
So as not to disturb any services at the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, DJs on trucks were told that all music should be stopped when the vehicle enters the intersection of Dover Lane and E.O. LeBlanc Highway.
Valentine made it clear that the carrying of offensive weapons is strictly prohibited and the police will be swift in preventing this from happening. “For those persons who use days like these or activities like these to settle scores with their opponents that will not be tolerated,” he warned. “If you intend to come to sewo, come to sewo, leave the weapons at your homes, do not travel with them.”