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The circumstances which led to the
1990 attempted coup were com-
pletely different from what is tak-
ing place in the country now, Imam
Yasin Abu Bakr said yesterday as he
responded to a warning by Prime
Minister Dr Keith Rowley to citizens
of the possibility of another coup
d'etat against the Government sim-
ilar to insurrection by the Jamaat al
However, Bakr said the country
was currently "saturated with dis-
content" because of our current eco-
nomic situation and is a powder
keg ready to explode.
"If you have a house and a
man strikes a match and throws
it in the house that match is not
going to do anything, you can
out that match quickly, but if
you saturate the whole of the
house with kerosene or gas or
something, from the time you
strike that match and throw it
the whole house will burn down
because the kerosene has satu-
rated the place. The state we
reach now, one grain of match
can set the whole prairie on
ire," Bakr said.
On July 27, 1990, Bakr led 113
insurgents in a failed coup to
overthrow the then National Al-
liance for Reconstruction (NAR)
government led by Arthur NR
Robinson. Twenty-four people
died during the siege.
"The genesis of 1990 is a
whole different thing from po-
litical aspirations or anything.
It had nothing to do with that,"
Bakr said the security forces
of the State and the Jamaat were
in continuous conflict before
the attempted coup because
of the shooting death of WPC
Bernadette James under myste-
rious circumstances, days after
she confessed to him that she
witnessed a drug transaction
involving high-ranking of icials,
as well as a stand-off over the
Mucurapo Road property.
"They wanted to force a con-
flict, a military conflict, and
so they got a military solution.
That had nothing to do with
politics. It was us against them
and they not obeying the rule of
the law which is anarchy," Bakr
Bakr said Rowley should tell
the country what information
he has which would have led
him to make such a statement.
"If Rowley said that, then he
needs to tell the population
what information he has that
will allow him to say that, so
that people can take their own
precautions because at the end
of the day every man is respon-
sible for his own security," Bakr
"He knows what I don't know.
I don't know about anything,
but what happened in 1990,
we didn't run in any bank, we
didn't try to rob anybody that
has nothing to do with this sit-
uation, it was not about some-
body wanting to take over the
country for political expedi-
ency. The genesis was entirely
different so he knows what he
is talking about, I don't know,"
Present-day terror attack
will not follow 1990 mould
Daurius Figueira the author
of Jihad in Trinidad and Tobago,
July 27, 1990 yesterday told the
Sunday Guardian that if a ter-
rorist attack is to take place in
this country now it would not
follow the lines of what took
place in 1990.
"We have to separate an at-
tempted coup a la July 27, 1990,
from a present-day terror attack
because anybody in Trinidad
and Tobago who would attempt
a terror attack on Trinidad and
Tobago out of Islamic extremism
will not adopt the methodolo y
of the Jamaat al Muslimeen in
1990," Figueira said.
• Continues on Page A7
Daurius Figueira, author or Jihad
in Trinidad and Tobago, July 27,
T&T saturated with discontent
Circumstances now differ from 1990
IMAM TO PM: ACT ON EVIDENCE
Muslim Cleric Imam Rasheed Karim has called on Prime Minister Dr Keith
Rowley to act on any evidence that he may have on terrorist activities in
Karim, head of the Masjid ul Furquaan, was speaking with the Sunday
Guardian yesterday afternoon.
"If the Prime Minister of T&T has that type of evidence I think surely he
should act upon that evidence."
Karim said the Qu'ran (Islamic holy scriptures) dictates the way in which
people should live and conduct their affairs. He said the Qu'ran preaches
peace and not hatred or terrorism. He said the entire Qu'ran should be read
in context. He said "A lot of people read Qu'ran as a cafeteria book in the
sense we read only what we want knowledge of."
Karim said terrorism was being used as a scapegoat globally by
governments that are not performing. He said when people's rights are
trampled upon they may chose to rise up. "Who next?" he asked. "We have
seen that the Government had done certain raids and they have not as
much as collected a nail clipper."—Shastri Boodan
on fire during
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