Young Bahamian gangbangers need to be exorcised of “the devilish spirit” within them, Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis said following a recent uptick in crime.
“All of us have a role to play to diffuse this devilish spirit that seems to be engulfing our young people, particularly those who align themselves with gangs,” Davis said.
“It’s a devilish spirit that seems to grip our young people. We need to somehow exorcise them and release the young people involved by talking to them [and] trying to find the means [to bring forth] peace.”
The opposition leader added, “It affects the whole country and ourselves. It impacts us negatively as a country and we need to put down our arms and come together in peace.”
He said Bahamians need to stop being quick to pick up weapons and find “a better way” to resolve conflicts.
Davis’ comments came in the wake of a mass shooting and several murders on New Providence last week.
On Sunday, 14 people were shot during a mass shooting at a birthday party in Montell Heights.
Earlier this week, Superintendent Shanta Knowles told reporters, “We don’t want the public to feel afraid or held hostage in their homes because of incidents that are occurring.
“We have manpower on the streets. Our operations have not ceased.”
There have been 46 murders for the year so far.