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posted 15 Oct 2012, 11:53 by Gerry Kangalee



10 OCTOBER, 2012


The Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) condemns in the strongest possible terms the Minister of National Security, Jack Warner’s attempt to silence the Police Service and censor the media reporting of crime. Since his appointment on 21 June, 2012, he has shown through numerous examples his relentless compulsion to flout the constitution and trample on our democratic institutions. His long list of transgressions included the personal oversight in the destruction of the Highway Re-Route Strike Camp and the desecration of the religious site, BY personally removing religious deities, murtis etc using army and police personnel, his attacks on his Excellency the President of the Republic, Dean Samson of the Anglican Church and Ms. Javeed a member of the media.

Additionally let us not forget the International Arbitration Court’s pronouncement on his questionable credibility and lack of the economy with the truth. Further his letter instructing the Minister of Sport not provide financial support to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation. We must also not forget his shameless and blatant attempt to acquire the TNT Mirror newspapers to serve his personal interest. Now we have witnessed yet another installment of his boundary-less arrogance, disrespect and contempt for the constitutional structures and our democracy.

If we did not know before, the country must now know that the Minister of National Security is a serious threat to the democracy and freedoms guaranteed under our constitution. He has proven himself to be tyrant and runaway horse and seem to believe that he can do and say anything without any accountability and repercussion.

Today we again call on the Prime Minister to immediately remove the Minister of National Security. If the Prime Minister continues to turn a blind eye to Mr. Warner’s dictatorial actions and fascist tendencies she will be doing so at the expense of her own government. Let us ask the question; in spite of all of his actions and still having the unequivocal support of the Prime Minister, what does Min. Warner have on her?

 The Joint Trade Union Movement