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Roman Catholic Priest Father
Clyde Harvey yesterday (Good Fri-
day) led a group of Catholics in a
silent protest around the Parlia-
ment building in Port-of-Spain,
as he lashed out against the state
of T&T s politics.
The group gathered outside Par-
liament at the Waterfront Complex
Harvey read a letter which
encapsulated that Parliament had
become a "place for minding other
people s business."
"No party has been innocent in
this regard. All are guilty. All are
responsible. This year Parliament
may well be seen as an appropriate
nominee for Good Friday Bobolee,"
Saying that all the country s
institutions were dying if not
already dead, Harvey added that
there was still hope as Easter sig-
nified a time of new beginning.
The group then walked around
the Parliament building and at 12.30
pm they walked in an anti-clock-
wise direction. At one pm, they
then faced the building and recited
the Lord s Prayer, followed by the
singing of God Bless Our Nation.
Harvey then led the group in front
of the memorial wall bearing the
names of this country s famous
athletes, where the National
Anthem was sung.
On why he decided to hold the
such a march, Harvey described it
as a will of the "flesh" more than
"It really took flesh during mass
on the Saturday before Palm Sun-
day when I was praying and it sud-
denly came to me, Good
Friday...Parliament building. From
then it was a question of asking
people what they thought and
whether they would support it,"
Asked whether he believed any-
thing would be achieved and if
those holding the seat of power
would actually pay attention to the
action, Harvey said he intended to
send them a copy of the letter.
"It s up to them, but really I think
the country is at a point now where
either they grab the ball and run
with it in terms of people wanting
a better T&T, or they refuse to run
for a better T&T and the conse-
quences we all face," Harvey said.
Regarding detractors who may
accuse him of mixing religion and
politics, Harvey said politics was
a very "broad" word.
"You can start with partisan pol-
itics, which is centered on your
own group and your own group s
interest, the politics which is the
affairs of the city, the State is some-
thing which all of us are involved
in," he said.
Police Social and Welfare Association
president Inspector Anand Ramesar is
calling on Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar to retract her statement
on the possibility of the police abusing
provisions of the Bail (Amendment) Bill.
In a brief interview yesterday, Ramesar
said his members were very concerned
by the prime minister s comments on the
issue because of her role as head of the
National Security Council.
"This also undermines the integrity of
a lot of hard working officers especially
those who operate in key areas such as
homicide, the Anti-Kidnapping Squad
and now the Anti-Terrorism Unit," Rame-
Ramesar said his association was dis-
appointed by the comment and it should
not have been made.
Persad-Bissessar made the comments
while speaking with reporters following
a Housing Development Corporation
(HDC) home distribution ceremony to
differently able persons at the South Acad-
emy for the Performing Arms in San Fer-
nando on Thursday afternoon.
She was responding to a call from the
Law Association to repeal the bill, which
was passed in Upper House of Parliament
with the support of Opposition and Inde-
pendent Senators last Tuesday. The leg-
islation proposes a 120 day period where
repeat offenders will be denied bail for
firearm related offences. It is yet to receive
While Persad-Bissessar acknowledged
the law association s concerns over the
possibility of police abusing the bill
through false charges, she refused to accede
to the request as she stated that the leg-
islation was an important crime-fighting
Ramesar also said that his association
fully supported Government s move to
introduce the legislation.
"It is an important element in fighting
crime as firearms remain the prefered
weapon of criminals in T&T whether they
are committing murder, robbery or other
offences against a person," Ramesar said.
Ramesar: PM's statement undermines our integrity ALL I DO NOW IS STEUPS
In responding to the recent mudslinging talking
place on the political platforms and in Parliament,
Father Harvey said he had reached a point where all
he did was steupsed.
"And I certainly try, whenever I talk to people, is to
enlighten people about it...that people understand
that it really gets you no where. It's deceptive, it's
treacherous. Pope Francis calls it murder when you
are destroying people's character and reputation
...you are committing murder," Harvey said.
Asked if he believed this was what Tobago East
MP Vernella Alleyne-Toppin had done when she
accused Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley of being
a child of rape, Harvey said he judges no one. "When
people do those things they must remember that
they are affecting not only an individual, but
individuals have families and over the past few days
my prayers have been particularly with the families
of Dr Rowley and Mrs Alleyne-Toppin," Harvey said.
Father Clyde Harvey, left, and followers during yesterday's
silent protest walk around the Parliament Building at Tower D
International Waterfront, Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
Mary, right, portrayed by Leah-Marie Ali, is consoled at the 12th
station where Jesus Christ died on the cross during the St
Michael's Parish's Stations of the Cross procession at Maracas,
St Joseph, yesterday. PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
Harvey stages march outside parliament
T&T politics at a new low
Parishioners make their way up
the San Fernando Hill during
yesterday's annual Good Friday
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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