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Yasin Abu Bakr, leader of the Jamaat
al Muslimeen, yesterday warned young
men, calling themselves "Muslims" who
are engaged in the current Rasta City vs
Muslim gang war that they will get no
protection from the Jamaat.
Abu Bakr, who spoke to a modest crowd
of mostly Muslims, from the bandstand at
Woodford Square, Port-of-Spain gave the
warning during a press conference to reveal
details about the 1990 attempted coup
which was carried out by him and 113 fol-
"There are many young people who have
pronounced themselves as Muslims, they
do not belong to Jamaat.
"They do the same thing that Rasta City
do, they sell drugs, they go to the No
Draws party, they go on the same boat
ride, they do the very same thing and they
say they are Muslims to get the cover of
Jamaat al Muslimeen but today I say it
publicly, they do not belong to Jamaat and
have no protection whatsoever from the
Jamaat," Bakr said.
"Therefore I warn you, you have no pro-
tection of us but I also warn you Rasta
City, be careful how you tread, you are
foolish people, you shoot at the police, you
think you can shoot at the police, you
stupid young man?"
Bakr, who said he was trained as a marks-
man warned gang members that the police,
unlike them, were trained to use a weapon.
"You just get a gun and raise it and shoot
in the air. I was a marksman, I know how
to shoot and I know they cannot shoot.
When a marksman shoot somebody they
use one bullet, these young stupid men,
they put one and 15 bullets in a man, and
a bullet is $25 and they buy no books for
In the same breath, he warned police
officers to be cautious when taking the
lives of young men in this country.
"Everytime you go to the mortuary you
see all these African faces. Something is
fundamentally wrong in society. Someone
has created a myth about the war between
Rasta City and Muslim to hide the genocide
taking place in the country where young
men are being killed.
Surrounded by his bodyguards, Bakr
repeatedly his story about the events which
sparked the attempted coup, starting with
the murder of a female police officer and
the harassment of the Jamaat members.
However, he deviated to speak of racism,
Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams
acting position and ongoing crime in the
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No Jamaat protection
for 'fake' Muslims
at his Almond
born Rootsman, 64, whose calypso
career dated back to the late 1970s,
was best known for his hits Miami
Vibes, Rack Mih Rack Mih, Park-
way Rock and Soca in the Palace.
He had been ailing for some time
from complications associated with
diabetes. In 2008, he had been
hospitalised for several months and
all the toes on his left foot were
amputated after an injury on his
big toe became infected.
A talented songwriter who was
best known for his party hits but
was also skilled at social commen-
tary, at the height of his musical
career Rootsman toured extensively
throughout the Caribbean and the
He was for several years one of
the veterans on the cast of the
Kaiso House tent.
Rootsman dies at
Leader of the Joint Trade Union
Movement (JTUM) Ancel Roget is
warning of the possibility of
another state of emergency before
the September 7 general election.
Asked what evidence he had to
support the claim that th Govern-
ment was planning another state
of emergency, Roget said: "We have
had enough events and evidence to
suggest to us very strongly that it
is in the offing, that (state of emer-
gency) is under consideration."
Roget spoke to the media before
leading a protest accompanied by
members Oilfields Workers Trade
Union (OWTU), Communication
Worker s Union, Banking, Insurance
and General Workers Union
(BIGWU), and representatives of
the Sheep and Goat Farmer s Asso-
Government officials have repeat-
edly denied any intention to call
another state of emergency.
The group gathered in front of
the Hall of Justice, Port-of-Spain,
yesterday in observance of the
fourth anniversary of the August 21
state of emergency.
Armed police arrived as the
protest grew larger and one officer
spoke with Roget.
The protestors wore their black
jerseys and had black tape over their
lips as they carried out the mid-
morning protest through the streets
Roget told reporters that workers
and other citizens must never forget
that their rights were trampled upon
by the Government and that they
should ensure that such action never
be taken again by any government
in the future.
"We in the JTUM will never for-
give them (government) for that
(state of emergency," he said.
Roget reminded that the Gov-
ernment had called the four-month
state of emergency because there
were seven murders within one
weekend days before.
He said two and sometime three
people were still being killed daily
in the country.
He said with the continuation of
the murders in the country "we can
have a state of emergency declared
Roget said the declaration of a
state of emergency in 2011 was an
act of injustice on the citizens of
Leader of the Jamaat al Muslimeen, Yasin Abu Bakr
addresses members of the public at Woodford Square,
Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
JTUM marks 4th anniversary of SOE
OWTU president general Ancel Roget, centre, leads members during a silent protest to commemorate the
anniversary of the 2011 state of emergency, outside the Hall of Justice, Port-of -Spain, yesterday.
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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