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Rowley orders fight-back: ‘Zero tolerance for lawlessness’

Trinidad Express / Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says Government will not shy away from its responsibility to protect citizens and will not succumb to anarchy.

And so he has instructed the acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams to use any and all resources available to him to seek out those who have evicted persons from their homes unlawfully and ensure that lawful occupancy prevails.

He has also instructed Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon to ensure that the T&T Defence Force to provide lawful support so that citizens do not stand in the way of police officers as they exercise their lawful duty.

Rowley held a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister on Friday to respond to the protest by residents who blocked the Beetham Highway again yesterday, attacking motorists and causing chaos on the approach to the capital city.

Rowley said police officers were moving to evict persons who had unlawfully occupied apartments when residents intervened.

“The police went in yesterday to extract two persons from communities. The reaction of the community was to seek to obstruct the police in carting out these lawful action. I want to make it abundantly clear to all citizens regardless of where you live. The society of Trinidad and Tobago will not survive if persons take it upon themselves that they will choose who will subject themselves to the law and when they subject themselves to the law and who will be above the law. The conduct that was conduct that was described yesterday and had the effect of shutting down the national capital, terrorising those who were caught in the absence of free movement, a condition that is guaranteed under the constitution, and the trauma that the national community experienced yesterday will not and must not be encouraged and tolerated by the national community. Regardless of the circumstances that may prevail in communities there is no excuses for what we saw yesterday,” he said.

Rowley said he was not advocating that law enforcement act in an inhumane manner, but to act under the provisions of the law.

“What happened yesterday could easily have turned out quite nasty because if the officers had reacted differently. These are people who are armed with dangerous weapons with authority of State to use those weapons in defence of their persons and in defence of other citizens and this situation could easily have escalated to one where law enforcement officers would have resulted to that situation and God alone knows what would have happened and that is why today the Government is drawing the line on tolerating this kind of misconduct,” he said.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says the Government will not shy away from its responsibility and will not succumb to anarchy.

And so he has instructed the Commissioner of Police to use all and any resource available to him to seek out those who have evicted persons from their homes unlawfully and ensure that lawful occupancy.

He has also instructed Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon to ensure that the T&T Defence Force to provide lawful support so that citizens do not stand in the way of police officers as they exercise their lawful duty.

Rowley held a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister on Friday to respond to the protest by residents who blocked the Beetham Highway causing panic among motorists.

He said police officers were moving to evict persons who had unlawfully occupied apartments when residents intervened.

“The police went in yesterday to extract two persons from communities. The reaction of the community was to seek to obstruct the police in carting out these lawful action. I want to make it abundantly clkear to all citizens regardless of where you live. The society of Trinidad and Tobago will not survive if persons take it upon themselves that they will choose who will subject themselves to the law and when they sunject themselves to the law and who will be above the law. The conduct that was conduct that was described yesterday and had the effect of shutting down the national capital, terrorising those who were caught in the absence of free movement, a condition that is guaranteed under the constitution, and the trauma that the national community experienced yesterday will not and must not be encouraged and tolerated by the national community. Regardless of the circumstances that may prevail in communities there is no excuses for what we saw yesterday,” he said.

Rowley said he was not advocating that law enforcement act in an inhumane manner, but to act under the provisions of the law.

“What happened yesterday could easily have turned out quite nasty because if the officers had reacted differently. These are people who are armed with dangerous weapons with authority of State to use those weapons in defence of their persons and in defence of other citizens and this situation could easily have escalated to one where law enforcement officers would have resulted to that situation and God alone knows what would have happened and that is why today the Government is drawing the line on tolerating this kind of misconduct,” he said.

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