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Persad-Bissessar says Hinds should resign

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has expressed her horror over the Trinidad and Tobago Coast guard opening fire on a migrant vessel, “murdering” a baby.

Speaking at the United National Congress (UNC) virtual meeting on Monday, former prime minister Persad-Bissessar called on National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds to resign, or for the people to demand that Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley replace him.

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Persad-Bissessar said the incident has made international news, as she also noted the escalating homicide rate in T&T.

“What a heart-rending, -breaking thing to see our Coast Guard, the Coast Guard of Trinidad and Tobago, firing on a migrant vessel, murdering a baby.

“We are making international news because of that… I await the explanation. I cannot see if you have a migrant vessel, how can you open fire?

“You see women and children, did they have weapons? Did anyone raise a weapon against you? Why would you shoot?

“You have things to do if you say they coming to ram you, you could have taken evasive action, why did you have to shoot?

“Was that what you call reasonable force? A young baby is killed by the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard. Ethelbert, resign now!” she said. Ethelbert is Hinds’ ­middle name.

Turning to crime, Persad-Bissessar noted that Hinds has said it was not his duty to keep people safe.

She said there have been candlelight protests in vain, and people are living in fear as killings are taking place in broad daylight.

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Criminals are even more emboldened now, and have no care for ­human life, she said.

She said it is tragic that Hinds is National Security Minister, as she claimed this alone sends a message to the criminals that national security is treated as a joke.

“I am calling on citi­zens to demand that Rowley replace Hinds. Those who wish to remain silent about this, don’t come and complain later on when you or your family or when one of your loved ones becomes a victim,” she said, noting that there have been some (65) murders for the year ­already.

…Hinds should resign or be replaced, says Kamla  Trinidad & Tobago Express Newspapers


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