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We will March for Our
Rights: Minority leader
Minority Leader Watson
Duke is calling on the author-
ities to stay out of Tobago's
business. He says he considers
the air and sea bridges an
important part of the island
and is prepared to march to
have them operate properly.
Speaking at a press confer-
ence( February 3rd) at the PSA's
office, Scarborough , he said he
will march for the rights of
Tobagonians: We are prepared
to walk the talk ,we will be
having a crime march ,we will
be having a food march, we will
be marching as Mandela
marched in Johannesburg ,we
marching as Martin Luther."
He added: As Minority lead-
er I am prepared to lead a mas-
sive march against this central
government that continues to
interfere and continues to affect
our lives as if it is nothing."
"...Because for you it's an
occasion but for us its life and
death. Only last week one per-
son seeking medical attention
died on the boat he was going
down for a pacemaker his body
couldn't take it and he died.
That is how important this sea
and air bridge are for us."
He noted that Tobago is not
a manufacturing society and
is heavily reliant on merchan-
dise "whether it is food, cars,
hardware materials we depend
on buying from Trinidad and
selling in Tobago."
He asked: How come you
could prevent the only cargo
boat from serving the needs of
Tobagonians for three long days
and now I am hearing that
sometime next week for three
long days a cruise ship will be
in Port of Spain and the boat
will not sail?"
"All this old talk about boat
needs to be fixed is all about
Trinidad telling Tobago to know
(its) place... we are tired and
were not going to take it any-
more," Duke said.
He demanded Tobago be a
part of discussions which
involve the operation of the
domestic sea and air bridges.
"If sea and air transport fall
within the purview of the THA
then Tobago must have a say
or else we are prepared to trav-
el to and create a new relation-
ship with Barbados, Grenada,
Duke added: We are prepared
to say yuh see the provision
you have for we don't take it
to Trinidad drop it off here it
is a CARICOM Port. I am call-
ing on the new Chief Secretary
to stop taking instructions from
Trinidad and be the chief and
PDP Outlines Crime Plan
A special Tobago police force and increased support
for community groups are two measures the People's
Democratic Patriots (PDP ) wants implemented to address
the island's crime problem .
Assemblyman-Farley Augustine and Minority Council-
or-Dr. Faith Yisrael made this announcement while speak-
ing with reporters at a press conference held at PSA's
office, Scarborough, last week.
Describing the island's crime situation as "worrying and
vexing", Area Representative for L'Anse Fourmi/ Parlatu-
vier/ Speyside - Farley Augustine and Minority Coun-
cilor- Dr. Faith Yisrael related their experience with a
"Just yesterday (Thursday) after my colleague and I, Dr
Yisrael held a meeting with the Clerk of the House, upon
exiting the building we observed a gentleman running
towards us all bloodied. We later learnt that he jumped
through a window of his establishment -a jewelry store,
on Burnet Street where there was an armed robbery."
He added: In a sense it brought home to both my col-
league and I how much we have been ignoring the fact
that Tobago is changing before our eyes."
He said members of the opposition are willing to share
their crime plans with the ruling party of the Tobago
House of Assembly.
"We were alarmed when we heard the newly minted
Chief Secretary indicate that he had no plans to deal with
crime. It means that they did not consider this matter
when they developed their so called manifesto which we
presume will now become the working policy for the
Augustine said after meeting with persons throughout
the island the PDP developed a crime plan.
"Tobagonians have asked for a greater police presence.
We want to revisit the idea of Tobago having its own
security or police service akin to the municipal police in
Trinidad. The truth is the former Chief Secretary would
have placed something very similar on the table a very
long time ago."
However,he noted that the former administration "lacked
the political will to have the request acceded to by the
According to Augustine, the Tobago Police will not
supersede or compete with the regular police service "but
will act as a complement" .
The representative said the security element proposed
by his party will also give rise to the community policing
effort. "Community policing is at the heart of treating
with the levels of crime on the island. If we have the
police working along with the NGO's ,CBO's, churches
and schools, that kind of soft policing will serve as a
proactive level of crime prevention."
Farley said the island needs to adopt a holistic approach
if crime is to decrease.
" We require a plan that includes our schools, revisiting
our curriculum, how we teach our young people to be
good citizens of Tobago. Families are a part of the main-
stream politics and the only way we could target families
is by creating support for NGO's."
According to Augustine churches and sporting groups
have a far greater impact on family life than politicians.
From left, Minority leader Watson Duke, Assemblyman Farley Augustine and Minority Councillor Dr Faith B Yisrael
speaking at a press conference at the PSA's office, Scarborough on February 3rd.
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