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Tobagonians came out by the
hundreds, converging on Scar-
borough for the 52nd anniversary
Independence Day Parade.
In his address Chief Secretary
of the Tobago House of Assembly
(THA) Orville London, who
received the general salute from
the groups, used the opportunity
to highlight the ongoing campaign
for Tobagonian self-governance.
"I do not need to remind my
fellow Tobagonians of the
decades-old struggle for self-gov-
ernment, nor of the efforts, over
the past six months, to unite the
political parties and the various
sectors, communities and indi-
viduals on the island in making a
persuasive and powerful case," he
said. "The numerous meetings and
consultations, over the years, have
confirmed the consensus among
Tobagonians that the sovereign
democratic state of T&T must
remain inviolate and united but
that Tobago s right to self deter-
mination must be facilitated."
London said that although
politicians are prepared to ignore
each other, the citizens cannot be
ignored if they speak loudly
enough and act decisively enough.
"The present issues facing the
island and the country are not
just the concern and the respon-
sibility of the politicians, the
interest groups and the more
vocal members of the public. This
is the time, in the midst of the
crises that now beset our island
and our country, for all of us to
reflect on the words of the Father
of the Nation and to step up to
the Independence plate."
The parade included uniformed
and armed detachments of the
Protective Services and other vol-
untary and unarmed contingents.
Participating in the Tobago leg of
the Independence Day Parade for
first time was the Trinidad and
Tobago Prisons Services.
A total of 16 contingents were
in the procession, which started
at the Dwight Yorke Stadium at
8.30 am, marched west along the
Claude Noel Highway through
Scarborough, and was dismissed
at the Garden Side Street Car Park.
Hundreds of spectators, gaily
bedecked in clothing of varied
combinations of the national
colours---red, white and black---
came out to cheer on the parade.
The procession was accompa-
nied by Band and Corps of Drums
from the Trinidadcand Tobago
Defense Force Reserve Band, the
Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force,
Petrotrin Cadets, Boys Brigade and
Girls Association and the
Tobago autonomy at
Members of the T&T Police Service Bike patrol unit ride by during yesterday's Independence Day Parade at
the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Tobago. PHOTO: CASANDRA THOMPSON-FORBES
A 32-year-old PH taxi driver was
murdered in Laventille on Saturday
According to reports, around 10.15
am, Nicholas David was plying his car
for hire between Port-of-Spain and
Laventille when he drove to Pashley
Street to drop off a female passenger.
Police said after the woman got out,
David, of Eastern Quarry, Laventille,
turned his white Nissan B15 around to
make the return journey to downtown
Residents told police that soon after,
they heard a volley of gunshots and
when they looked outside the saw
David s car drive a short distance before
it veered left and crashed into the pave-
Besson Street Police led by Sgt Khan
and WPC Jacob responded to the scene
and found an unconscious David
slumped on top on the steering.
David, who was shot several times in
his head and chest, died before before
an ambulance arrived on scene and was
pronounced dead by a District Medical
Officer (DMO). An autopsy will be per-
formed at the Forensic Science Centre
in St James on Tuesday morning.
Police have ruled out robbery as the
cause of the murder as David s wad of
cash was recovered in the door the car.
He was not known to police and a
motive for the murder is yet to be estab-
Homicide detectives are expected to
question his last passenger as they believe
she may have had some knowledge of
the incident and may assist in their
The murder toll for the year now
stands at 287, according to a tally com-
piled by this newspaper.
Detectives of the Region One Homi-
cide Bureau are continuing investigations.
Driver shot dead in Laventille
A 23-year-old man was killed after
his car crashed into a concrete bridge
near the Divali Nagar site in Chagua-
nas yesterday morning.
The body of Sergio Montano was
found partially submerged in a ravine.
Police said it is possible that Montano
Eyewitness told police around 4.40
am Montano, of Corinth Hill, Ste
Madeleine, was driving a silver Peugeot
convertible south along the Urian But-
Police said the car flipped several
times and became airborne before it
slammed into the concrete bridge.
Montano s body was thrown from the
vehicle into the ravine.
By the time help arrived Montano
was already dead.
Insp Teasdale, Cpl Martin and offi-
cers of the Freeport Highway Patrol
responded. An autopsy is expected to
be performed tomorrow.
Man, 23, dies in car crash
Three hours after a
27-year-old man went
missing when he dove
Penal man found dead in pond
into a pond near his
Penal home, his body
Police suspect that
Indar Ganga, of Snail
Trace, Scott s Road,
Penal Rock Road,
Ganga was hanging
out with relatives and
friends who had a lime
near the pond. Police
said Ganga left the gath-
ering and dove into the
pond around midday.
His relatives and
friends became worried
when he did not resur-
face and some of them
dove into the pond in
search of home and the
police were contacted.
When the Penal police
arrived around 3.15 pm,
the body was spotted
floating in the pond.
The District Medical
Officer arrived on the
scene and ordered its
removal to San Fernando
An autopsy is expect-
ed to be performed on
Penal police are inves-
Protesters took to the streets during yesterday's Independence Day parade
along Tragarete Road, Port-of- Spain to highlight their dissatisfaction with
the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014. PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
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