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December 31, 2007

Weapons Crack down at Carlos N’ Charlies … This is a Tourist Destination?

Posted in: Aruba,Crime,Natalee Holloway,Travel

ARUBA … SAFE?

For an island that claims they are safe, Aruba seems to be awfully concerned Aruba_12-29-politiceabout the number of illegal guns on its street. Aruban police raided the popular dance club and “tourist destination,”Carlos N’ Charlie’s searching its customers for illegal guns. One would think while the police were in Cn’C that maybe they would have checked to see if everyone was actually of legal drinking age as well.

Why does it always seem to come back to Carlos N’ Charlie’s? Why is it that the ALE singles these types of places out on Aruba and yet allows unsuspecting tourists to flock there? Returning to the scene of the crime.

They searched people in the street and in several nightclubs.  The police surprised the dancing public of the popular disco Carlos ’N Charlies around 02:00.  They stopped the music and the light was suddenly turned on.

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So Aruban police and prosecutors feel the need to search the dance clubs where tourists go that travel brochures state are tourist destinations? What should this tell travelers to Aruba of just how safe these types of places are? What is even more shocking is that the police during these raids feel the need to wear bullet proof vest.

This time under supervision of among others chief of police Peter de Witte and chief public prosecutor Hans Mos, they searched the nightlife-people in Oranjestad. 

The police searched the visitors thoroughly; even those that were in the lavatories.

So did the ALE search residents and tourists alike? One can probably imagine that no tourists were even aware of any such Aruban laws of search and seizure.  Now imagine if the ALE has performed this raid at Carlos N’ Charlies the night that Natalee Holloway went missing back in 2005, this story may never have ever occurred.

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Amigoe: Police check for weapons  – full story below

The police have conducted a preventive search action yesterday.  They checked the public in the street and at places of entertainment for firearms.

ORANJESTAD – The police has conducted a large-scale search again, looking for illegal firearms.  They did the same in San Nicolas a few weeks ago.  This time under supervision of among others chief of police Peter de Witte and chief public prosecutor Hans Mos, they searched the nightlife-people in Oranjestad. 

The police have not indicated yet what they found during this preventive search action.  They searched people in the street and in several nightclubs.  The police surprised the dancing public of the popular disco Carlos ’N Charlies around 02:00.  They stopped the music and the light was suddenly turned on.  Some people thought that this was due to a fight.  The police searched the visitors thoroughly; even those that were in the lavatories.   

The law was amended in April of this year, allowing the police to search people, cars, and luggage for firearms.  But for this, the police need an authorization of the examining magistrate, and they have to indicate the location, date, and the number of hours (12 MAX) in advance.  People must cooperate with a request to be searched by the police.  Not doing so, they commit a penal offence. 

With preventive search actions, the police corps wants to track down and confiscate illegal firearms as much as possible.  From a criminality analysis done by the Public Prosecutor it appears that the number of firearms and also the number of offences with firearms, are increasing.  With large-scale search actions, the police and justice hope to change this. 

Yesterday evening during the action, the police were all wearing bulletproof vests.  The police are now extra careful after the shooting incident of two week ago, where a police officer was seriously injured. (Amigoe 12/31/2007)


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