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posted 28 Jun 2012, 00:15 by Gerry Kangalee



The National Workers Union (NWU) condemns in the most forceful terms the outrage committed by the armed forces, led by Ministers Warner and Partap in destroying the camp of the Re-Route Movement in Debe.


Warner and Partap’s actions raise the question of the relationship between politicians and the armed forces. It is clear the PP government is quite willing to violate the very constitution it pretends to uphold in its quest to ram its policy positions down the throats of citizens.


Brigadier Kenrick Maharaj must be made to answer before the court of public opinion as to his role in this vicious attack on the camp, and what was the relationship between himself, Warner and Partap in launching this assault on peaceful citizens.


Are we to expect in the future that Minister Warner, in the manner of his hero, Randolph Burroughs, will lead police raids, posing with the bodies of dead “bandits”, directing firemen how to fight fires all under the glare of the television cameras?


Are citizens who disagree with government policy going to be subjected to Jack Warner breaking down their doors in the dead of night? Is an unofficial undeclared state of emergency going to become the norm?


Are workers exercising their right to assemble and associate going to be attacked and assaulted by the armed forces as a matter of course: a situation that was foreshadowed by the role of the police in the recent TCL strike?


The National Workers Union (NWU) calls upon the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago to speak out against the destruction of the Debe camp and the trend of the government to resort to the armed forces to implement their anti-people policies.


Failure to do so will encourage the government to continue encroaching upon the rights and freedoms of citizens. If we do not stop this tendency in the bud, we will soon end up in a nightmare of fascist repression where untrammelled police power rules the roost and venal, corrupt politicians have free rein to continue feeding at the trough while they suppress the legitimate aspirations of working people.

Gerry Kangalee,
28 Jun 2012, 00:38