Friday, May 16, 2014

Murder She Wrote Death written in stone in #DanaSeetahalAssassination

The assassination of Dana Seetahal was already being written indelibly into the landscape of Trinidad and Tobago in the days preceding her ambush and assault and brutal killing in early May 2014.
The death gong was already poised to toll her death even before the rain of bullets echoed off her vehicle and through her body in the dead of night.
Days before her murder, the bugle call of her demise was being sounded from the mountaintops of one of our most primeval landforms. More....
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The murder of our public defender was foreshadowed in the bulldozers scraping into the base of the Naparima Hill days earlier.
With the stealth of the assassins, the bulldozers raked off the foundation of the Naparima Hill that has already shed its skin to build Trinidad and Tobago's second city in the oil boom.
Celebrating the assassination of the social conscience, the excavators of the historic hill were  laughing uproariously in the face of its custodians - who were themselves deriving extreme pleasure in hurling the stones of Naparima at each other in a tug of war of who is to blame, mirrored in the post-
assassination reactions.
Tripping over the legalese, they had already signed the death warrant of public defense and the moral imperative that has been entrusted to all citizens to value and defend the land we call home.
Having pumped the veins of the hill from which source springs the petroleum that turns the wheels of our society,Trinidad and Tobago was slumbering peacefully and contentedly, bursting at its seams from feeding of the fat of the Hill, when the bulldozers, like the assassins, roared to life.
The oil of its veins pumped to create the Trinidad and Tobago of today; its body scraped bare to build the city of San Fernando, Naparima Hill echoed with the cries of the mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters and sons and daughters of the soil who had already sacrificed loved ones to the murderers, raiders and plunders.
But their screams were drowned out by the din, and if heard at all, fell on stony hearts.
If the travesty visited upon the Naparima Hill in early April was not enough to show the state of decomposition of the social conscience,  calling out to every citizen to sit up, take stock and take charge of our role and responsibility to value the life and work of each other, then the twelve bullet holes on Dana's body are but a rejoiner to the cries of those who lost loved ones.
The assassination of Dana Seetahal all too poignantly reinforce it: driving the message home as it were. The pappyshow that the investigation into the latest of the Naparima Hill excavations was allowed to turn into offers little hope to those who want to see justice for the Hill, as is also the dread of those who want to see justice for not only Dana but also for all those murdered in cold blood.

The aftershocks of the continued plundering of the hill were already subsiding, not unlike, it seems, the coldness that may inevitably descend on the Dana Seetahal case as we settle into our comfort zones of acceptance that some people are meant to be sacrificial lambs for the rest of us, and the most difficult effort on our part is only to learn to accept that.
No one who has grown up in Trinidad, let alone South Trinidad fails to cringe at the site of Mount Naparima bravely trying to camouflage where it can with scraggly bushes, the years of quarrying that has scared our national landscape, forever, and visible from almost every cardinal point in South Trinidad - a testimony to the godhead it was assigned by our First Peoples, as I described in LiTTscapes - Landscapes of Fiction From Trinidad and Tobago. That anyone could even conceive of further encroaching on its generosity in the name of development just shows the mournful depths to which we have descended as a people and as a nation. Defying nature, challenging fate, we say God is a Trini, so nothing can harm us, and then we callously destroy our gods.
Dana and Naparima, I'm sorry.


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