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Protest heat from residents
JENSEN LA VENDE
Incensed over what they called
a "domestic shooting" involv-
ing a police officer, residents of
George and Duncan Streets in
Port-of-Spain yesterday lit de-
bris along the roadway, as they
protested the shooting of Akim
According to residents, just after
1.30 pm a police officer attached to
the Criminal Investigation Depart-
ment of the Central Police Station,
who they identified as "John Man"
and another officer went to Arm-
An eyewitness said the two of-
ficers, who were in plain clothes,
knocked on the door.
When Armstrong, 35, opened he
saw "John Man" with the gun in
hand and closed back the door, be-
fore the officer allegedly opened fire.
One resident, who claimed to have
also seen everything but did not
want to be identified, said the officer
had been "tracking" (flirting with)
Armstrong's girlfriend without any
success, going as far as spending
wads of cash on the woman.
But the police account of what
happened is slightly different.
According to police, they were on
an exercise in the area and visited
Armstrong's apartment at 54-56
George Street. During the exercise,
Armstrong, the brother of former
Congress of the People councillor for
the area Keisha Armstrong, was shot
once in the chest. Police claimed a
quantity of marijuana was found in
the man's apartment.
In the glare of media cameras af-
terwards, however, angry men pulled
old refrigerators, pieces of wood and
garbage in the middle of the roads
and set them ablaze in protest of the
Residents said Armstrong, also
known as "Maddo"
, was a quiet
man who in the past three years had
confined himself to his second floor
apartment, venturing out mostly for
The eyewitness claimed Arm-
strong had a pending case but was
not a gunman and not a gangster.
Armstrong's relatives said he was
listed in a stable condition at the
Port of Spain General Hospital last
evening but they were told the bullet
had not yet been removed.
"They come and shoot the man
just so, just so. They coming and
shooting people just so, them real
" I know they coming and look for
me after because they like to give me
frame case," one man said as other
residents shouted that the shooting
"is over a gyal."
The protest also took a racial slant
when residents accused a police of-
ficer of Indian descent of threaten-
ing them. One woman was heard
shouting: "Is war, N***er against
The words caused laughter from
the residents, but officers remained
Residents called for justice, saying
the officer shot Armstrong over a
woman and that was "wickedness"
Many of the men who set fire to de-
bris said they were not afraid of be-
ing arrested and labelled themselves
The action caused gridlock in
East Port-of-Spain, as motorists
were unable to access some roads
while others stopped and gawked
along with pedestrians.
The T&T Guardian was informed
that around 6 pm police returned to
arrest some of the men who were
seen setting fire to debris and pulling
debris in the road way.
Up to press time police did not
confirm the residents' claim.
CWU not buying Shamfa apology over TDC action
Tourism Minister Shamfa Cud-
joe yesterday "apolgised for the
way" the Tourism Development
Company dissolution was han-
dled, but has indicated she cannot
reverse the move since it was a
This was the word from Communi-
cation Workers' Union general sec-
retary Joseph Remy, as he confirmed
the union would now write the Cab-
inet's head, Prime Minister Dr Keith
Rowley, on the matter.
He made the comment following
a meeting with Cudjoe on the TDC
issue at the Labour Ministry, amidst
a CWU demonstration near the min-
istry and the Parliament
"They apologised and asked unions
to return to the National Tripartite
Advisory Council, but we're not ac-
cepting that. It's a sham," Remy said.
Remy said the CWU would write
Rowley since it had asked Cudjoe to
rescind the decision and she said it
was a Cabinet decision and another
Cabinet meeting would have to be
held to reverse this.
He said since the Prime Minister
had said he headed the Cabinet that
took the decision, they would liaise
with him and also enclose the union's
alternative plan for the TDC.
Remy added: "This Government
shouldn't be using recessionary times
as an excuse to break the law in in-
dustrial relations practices,"
He said the CWU would also press
forward with its industrial relations
application on the matter with the
As a result, he said, Government
could not send any staff home in the
absence of proper industrial relations
"We're not accepting any three
months dissolution of the TDC," he
CWU president John Julien added:
"This Government will pay the po-
litical price of the disrespect meted
out to TDC workers."
Members of the Communication Workers' Union during their meeting with the Minister of Tourism Shamfa
Cudjoe and Labour minister Jennifer Baptiste- Primus at Tower C International Waterfront, Port-of-Spain,
yesterday. PHOTO COURTESY THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM
Cop shoots man during raid
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