Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 22nd 2015 Contents A29
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Pay TV service HBO is threatening
to cut off paying customers of its
Now service if they are outside the
It has sent e-mails to people
around the world it has detected are
using software tools to watch HBO
HBO said it took the action
because it only has the right to
broadcast shows in the US and to
people living in the country.
HBO Now was introduced as a
way for people to watch HBO's
programmes without the need to
have a subscription to a television
or cable service. HBO Now costs
US$14.99 a month.
However, many people living in
other nations have subscribed to
HBO Now and used a variety of
tools, including virtual private
networks (VPNs), to get around the
restrictions designed to stop people
outside the US seeing popular
shows such as Game of Thrones.
HBO Now users outside US to be 'cut off'
Forty-five years ago, on April 21, junior officers
and soldiers of the T&T Regiment staged a coup.
Among the leaders were lieutenants Rex Lasalle, Raf-
fique Shah, Michael Barzey and David Brizan, Maurice
Noray, Ben Parkinson, Winston Bacchus and Carl Lai
Leung. They held Camp Teteron in Chaguaramas for
over a week but were subsequently arrested and
charged for their actions. Some of them served time
Today a newspaper columnist, Shah, a Sandhurst-
trained officer, was the youngest officer involved in
the mutiny. Reminiscing, he said yesterday: "Beside
being the youngest officer at the time, it s ironic that
I was the only Indian officer. Other officers were being
deployed to different hot spots in the country but I
was the Indian officer chosen to go and to shoot black
people in Port-of-Spain."
Shah said his reasons to become involved and identify
with the Black Power movement were profound and
overwhelming. He said: "There were several reasons
behind my decision. First and foremost, most of the
junior officers and private soldiers had become militant
by then. This was the mood of the moment. In that
sense we identified with what the Black Power move-
ment was preaching to the masses. Remember that
this entire movement was global at the time. We were
in solidarity with the Black Power movement in the
States, as well as identified with the opposition to the
Vietnam war and protest marches in Paris and across
Europe. It was very global.
"In addition, in the
internal side of the army,
we were trained to build a
professional army; to make it the best in the world.
But, there were senior officers who had absolutely no
training in the military. There was a lot of frustration
among the junior officers who had been highly trained
but had to take orders from seniors who had no clue
about the military. We were being
blocked by our seniors to progress in our profession
and this caused frustration.
"Eventually, a small group of officers and soldiers
agreed that we were not going to allow the government
of the day to use the soldiers against the mass move-
"When we got the orders on April 21, 45 years ago,
to come into Port-of-Spain to crush the movement,
we decided that the only way we had out was to
mutiny. We were daring enough, as well as young and
reckless, to take over the people s army which we did
very effectively within a couple hours. We held the
camp at Teteron Barracks for ten days. During that
time we had the Coast Guard firing upon us but we
didn t return fire as that would have caused tremendous
bloodshed on our hands. Hundreds of military personnel
would have died. We withdrew back to Teteron on
our way to Camp Ogden. On the second day of
the mutiny, Camp Ogden was burnt to the ground
by the soldiers. This had nothing to do with what
was happening at Camp Teteron.
"The government then initiated talks with us
with AG Karl Hudson Phillip leading the government
team. We requested that Col Stanley Johnson be relieved
as head of the army, and Col Geoff Serrette be reinstated
as head, as well as the release of the political detainees.
When Serrette was returned as the commanding officer
he initiated talks to disarm us."
Today, the Regiment is headed by Brig General Ken
Maharaj and former head Brigadier Carl Alfonso is
now the Minister of National Security. Shah does see
some improvement in the army and soldiering in our
Continued on Page A34
In the conclusion of a two-part
exploration of the Black Power
Movement in T&T, PETER RAY BLOOD
speaks with various people who were
involved in the events of that time, like
Raffique Shah, one of the soldiers who
was involved in a mutiny and Hindu
leader Ravi-Ji who was a young man at
the time and speaks about the coming
together of the Black Power activists
and the Indian sugar cane workers.
Raffique Shah as a 24-year-old soldier. He said
there were many reasons why he identified with
the Black Power Movement.
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