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Yesterday's peak hour traffic along
the Main Road in Enterprise, Chagua-
nas was brought to a standstill, after
residents blocked the road with debris
and set it on fire protesting what they
claim was the "unfair" arrest of 12 men
from the area.
The protest started just after 4 pm at the
corner of Tobago Road and the Old Southern
Main Road at Lendore Village.
After the fire was extinguished by fire
fighters from the Chaguanas Fire Station,
the residents moved to two streets up, to
Chrissie Terrace, where they attempted to
block the Main Road again with old tyres.
However, police and soldiers were able to
seize the items and talk the residents out
of continuing with their protest.
While at Chrissie Terrace, however, one
of the male protesters was slapped by a sol-
dier after a brief confrontation. No one was
arrested in the end, as after much reasoning
from police the residents decided to disperse
and return to their respective homes.
The incident all stemmed from a police
exercise that had taken place earlier at a
house along Tobago Extension Road.
Police officers and soldiers, acting on
information, said they went to the house
and search it. The officers said they found
two spent shells and the 12 men who were
there, ranging in ages from 20 to 27, were
However, speaking with the T&T Guardi-
an yesterday, Carlene Yearwood, the mother
of one of the arrested men, challenged the
She claimed the police went inside the
house with a dog and allegedly found noth-
ing during the search.
"The officers went in and searched all
over, in some places more than twice, raise
up all the cushions on the couch and stuff
and they found nothing. The dog went in
and found nothing. Is only after they placed
the dog back into one of the jeeps, a masked
officer went into the house and came out
back saying he find two spent shells under
the cushions on the couch, the same couch
that they searched twice," Yearwood said.
Yearwood said this was about the fifth
time for the year began that her son had
been arrested. She residents believe a police
sergeant was the one behind all the arrests.
"This police sergeant keep harassing the
men in he area and provoking them. They
always setting them up with stuff and lock-
ing them up. In fact, the same police and
others said that they will kill all of them,"
"What kind of nonsense is this going on?
How our sons can be treated like this? They
work hard to make ends meet, most of them
A police officer who was part of the ex-
ercise and who wished not to be identified,
told the T&T Guardian that they received
information that arms and ammunition
were stashed at the house and went to
conduct a search.
The officer also claimed they received
information that the 12 young men were
affiliated with the Unruly Isis gang, which
operates out of Crown Trace.
However, Yearwood said the claims by
the police were not true.
"Is all the time so them police saying the
boys and them involved in gangs but they
not. They have nothing to do with no Unruly
Isis and no gang on the whole. People don't
even come in here because they have no rea-
son to, nothing don't even go on in here."
The arrested men were eventually split
into two groups and sent to both the Cunu-
pia and Caroni Police Stations, where they
were being processed up to last night.
Residents have vowed to keep on protest-
ing until the men are released.
Cops, army to 'dig in' at Enterprise
Deputy Commissioner of Police
Wayne Dick says joint army and police
troops will stay in Enterprise, Chagua-
nas, until "Enterprise becomes like
He made the comment yesterday as he
visited the temporary police post set up at
Lion's Gate. He said joint police/army pa-
trols usually numbering two (on a regular
day) had been increased to ten following
Minister of National Security Edmund Dil-
lon directive, in the Senate on Tuesday, to
wage "war" on unruly or other negative
elements in the community.
Yesterday, when the T&T Guardian vis-
ited the temporary post, soldiers were seen
doing upgrade works on the building---a
housing unit they converted into the post.
Air conditioning technicians were also seen
implementing several units.
Dick said the law enforcement officers
were preparing themselves for a long haul.
"They will be here for a good while, as
long as it takes until here becomes like
Westmoorings. This is serious business."
Resident Elton Grey, 75, said he welcomed
the heightened police/army presence in the
area, but called on them to not only do pa-
trols but to find the illegal guns and lock up
the people responsible.
"This area used to be real quiet and
peaceful long ago but it gone haywire.
Them young people don't know what to
do, they only looking for name and fame,
but that kind of name and fame don't mean
anything, it just means death. Is everyday
now somebody getting killed. They killing
off one another, what will happen when we
the older heads dead and go, there will be
no one around to carry on our names and
carry on our businesses," Grey said.
Another resident, who wished not to be
identified, said he was doubtful the height-
ened patrols would make a difference or last.
"What happens when a vehicle passes
through? Them fellas will eventually know
the timing and they will do their thing in
between. In fact, they are always one step
in front of the police and army. They have
all sorts of communication going on here,
from hidden cameras at strategic locations
to walkie talkies. ... but I really hope that
they do something about these waste-of-
time young people who think having guns
and killing people is something to hold their
heads high about."
Meanwhile, Sylvan Alexis' relatives made
a last minute change to the location of his
funeral yesterday, due to concerns it may
have been targeted.
The service, which was done under
Spiritual Baptist rites, was held at the
chapel of a funeral home in Couva with
the burial taking place at the Longdenville
Public Cemetery. At both places, there was
a heightened police presence, including
heavily armed officers from several spe-
cial units, including the Inter Agency Task
Force. There were also several plain clothes
officers from the Criminal Gang Intelligence
Patrick Isles was killed and two others -
Selwyn Warner and Roy Browne---were shot
and wounded at Alexis' wake on Monday.
Isles was the second murder to take place
after Alexis, who was the brother of reputed
gang leader Selwyn "Robocop" Alexis, who
was himself killed last year on July 17 while
at his business place at Freedom Street in
Karim has ideal
site for station
An unfinished community centre in the heart of
Enterprise,Chaguanas, can be quickly completed
to house the area's promised police station, says
Chaguanas East MP Fazal Karim.
Karim, in whose constituency Enterprise is located,
said yesterday he was happy Government had finally
followed up on his calls for a station and volunteered
several suggestions to assist in the effort.
After a spate of recent murders in the area result-
ing from a surge in gang warfare, National Security
Minister Edmund Dillon on Tuesday announced plans
to build a police station and said a concentration of
force will be brought to bear on all "unruly" and other
negative influences there.
"When I heard Minister Dillon's announcement, I
said at last! I'm satisfied he's finally agreed to construct
a full-fledged station in Enterprise," Karim said in a
"I proposed that on the 2015 general election cam-
paign trail and in Opposition had followed it up with
letters to the minister and questions in Parliament.
However, replying to my questions in Parliament, the
Minister had said that in subsequent to discussions
with the acting Police Commissioner, the latter had
advised there was no need for a police station in Enter-
prise. I'm elated, however, that the station will be built."
Karim said to save on construction time and have
the station ready as soon as possible, the unfinished
community centre can serve well. He said the one-sto-
rey building was built in 2007 under a PNM admin-
istration. Structural work is completed and walls are
"It can be easily brought up to standard," he said.
The MP also called for speedy installation of CCTV
cameras in strategic parts of the area to monitor ac-
"This will yield intelligence in real time. For over-
all effect, apart from the policing aspect, the police
should also immediately establish a police youth club to
build rapport with youths, help show them the way and
protect future generations from negative influences.
"Please attend to the youths' needs and provide jobs,
skills training, remedial classes and a trade school in
Enterprise. Youths find it difficult to commute to other
areas for education. I hope the Education Minister
launches a school Improvement project in Enterprise
quickly as he did in Laventille recently. Volunteers want
to help, but they need a sense of security," Karim said
He said the police should also move in timely fashion
to work with the community, NGOs, faith-based and
other groups to bring a sense of calm. Karim said he
has been working with faith-based organisations for
prayers to heal Enterprise
A police officer looks on as relatives attend the funeral of Sylvan Alexis at the Longdenville
Cemetery yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Cops arrest Unruly Isis 'affiliates'
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