The Voice-Note, sounds like a Romance-book title, but it’s not.
At the end of a negotiation process, press members were granted a press-pool type of arrangement, so they could under emphatic supervision report on the event unfolding under dark, during curfew.
The agreement was reached between the Police and the MinJust, after a number of protests, locals and international, demanding special status for the press and dispensation from curfew.
The press won.
If someone won, it means we have a loser.
By now you all know that MinJust made a decision to remove our chief of Police and assign him to a new post mid-crisis.
It always looks bad when a top leader is surprisingly removed, mid-pandemic, piling conflict on top of confusion.
What did he do that was so bad, that pissed management off to that extent?
He threw the MinPres under the bus, and the MinJut did not like it.
The chief left a voice-note for a press member, explaining he, the chief, was among the only ones voting against the inclusion of press in the curfew.
In his opinion, he said, press should be free to roam, while the rest of us stay home; it was not his decision, he apologized. The team, with the MinPres at the helm, cast the decisive vote, he explained, then he naively gave explicit permission to share his voice-note, as needed.
Why would our chief of Police cover his butt, to ingratiate himself with press members who might feel left out or dejected? Why does he need to explain, HE didn’t do it?
This remains a rhetoric question.
Originally, I did not even want to talk about it. A curfew is a curfew, there is nothing to report on, and all paparazzi should sit home, and comply with the ordinance.
The ordinance to stay home had nothing to do with Freedom of the Press. Aruba is one of the best countries in the world as far as freedom of expression, and as the curfew was announced, it included 100% of local residents, no special dispensation for press members.
Back to our story: The voice-note was shared, it went viral, and the chief’s head rolled.
The rats must have thrown a party. And by that I mean all curfew breakers, especially the bikers, a small minority of assholes, who occupy 90% of the Police’s time, along with the idiots lighting fires, and hurling stones. Crisis bring out the best and the worst in our society.