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Citizens who say the redesigned $50
note is evil are engaging in acts of divi-
siveness, Minister in the Ministry of
Finance and the Economy Rudranath
Indarsingh said yesterday. He and his Cab-
inet colleague, Arts and Multiculturalism
Minister Dr Lincoln Douglas, said claims
of occultic symbols in the design of the
new bill are perception, not reality.
The redesigned $50 note, which was put
into circulation earlier this month, has been
the source of considerable debate since then,
particularly on social networks, with many
criticising its design. The new bill is also
the focus of a viral video.
When the new note was launched by
the Central Bank it was described as depict-
ing "the natural beauty and vibrant energy
of Trinidad and Tobago."
It is made of polymer, making this country
the first Caribbean nation to issue polymer
notes, the bank added.
However, many citizens have been speak-
ing out against one of the features of the
note, a picture of a young female masquer-
ader in an award-winning Carnival costume.
While the Central Bank says that picture
"captures the energy of our people", some
have complained on social media that it is
a depiction of a serpent queen and even the
One video shows a close-up view of the
masquerader s headpiece, describing it as
an image of collection of snakes.
Douglas in defending the image, said it
was one of the most beautiful works of art
and heritage in the country and the
redesigned note was "the most beautiful
money" ever produced in T&T.
"The greater evil is what people are per-
ceiving about the note," he said.
The minister said controversy over the
$50 bill issue reminded him of the so-called
weather dragon which was atop the Red
House up to the early 1990 s.
According to Douglas, people erroneously
blamed that "dragon" for the many evils
and ills taking place in the country at that
time and it was removed by the then PNM
Douglas said after he heard some of the
claims being made about the new currency,
he "went back and looked at the picture
and I don t get it. It is not evil."
He appealed to citizens to "desist from
allowing themselves to be abused by super-
stition and necromancy " and advised those
with concerns about the note being reflective
of the devil to "go to your church and pray."
Indarsingh said it was clear that citizens
were using their freedom of speech to engage
in divisiveness, hiding their identities on
social media while engaging in acts of a
divisive nature. Indarsingh said the Central
Bank had made it clear that it chose things
that represented the people of the country
in producing the redesigned note.
The $50 note was redesigned after the
previous one looked similar to the $20.
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$12.5m in ganja
Police officers of the Eastern Division Task
Force discovered about 152 kilograms of mar-
ijuana and four cases of Du Maurier ciga-
rettes in several crocus bags in bushes at a
remote beach, between Grande Riviere and
Matelot around 5 am yesterday morning.
The drugs have an estimated street value
of $1.5 million.
Public Affairs Officer of the TTPS, Super-
intendent Joanne Archie, told the T&T
Guardian the officers, who were led by Senior
Superintendent Sasenarine Mahabir, along
with Corporal Diaz, received information and
conducted surveillance in the area before
making the bust.
They believe the contraband may have been
sneaked into the country via boat.
No one was arrested.
Concern over $50 design
Ministers say its not evil
A billboard along the Solomon Hochoy Highway
Extension in Corinth displaying a picture of
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar giving
Christmas greetings was taken down
yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Dr Lincoln Douglas
The newly-redesigned TT$50 note.
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