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Magisterial District of
St. George East
Special Licensing Session
(Liquor Licences Act 84:10)
Notice is hereby given that by
lawful authority under the provi-
sions of the Liquor Licences Act
84:10, the Liquor Licensing
Committee for the Magisterial
District of St. George East has
appointed Wednesday the 02nd
day of October 2013 at 9.00
o'clock in the forenoon at the
Tunapuna Magistrates' Court as
the day, hour and place at which
a Special Session will be held to
hear and determine the applica-
tion of Damian Lyder of 95 Alyce
Glen, Petit Valley for a certificate
authorizing him to carry on the
business of a Spirit Grocer in
respect of premises situate at #
42 - 44 Eastern Main Road, St.
Dated this 16th day of
September 2013 at the
Tunapuna Magistrates' Court.
Liquor Licensing Committee
St. George East
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Several weeks ago, when the
Prime Minister of St Vin-
cent, Dr Ralph Gonsalves,
responded to my article on
small-island immigrants and
crime in Trinidad, I elected to
ignore it. I felt that any waking
reader could pick out the infelici-
ty of the response when com-
pared to the articles it addressed.
The deficiencies were obvious:
that the Honourable Prime Min-
ister ignored the bits of my arti-
cle which proved my thesis, espe-
cially the "to be continued" tag at
the end; and that he took pains
to intimate the biggest Trinidadi-
an criminal he knew as a boy was
Boysie Singh. (Or as I like to
recall him, "Uncle Boysie.")
Apparently I ve overestimated
my readers. Speaking to an emi-
nent political scientist recently, I
formed the impression that the
issue was attracting attention in
the regional academe and politi-
cal establishment, and Dr Gon-
salves response was seen as
The epistemic gracelessness
required to settle at this conclu-
sion is by itself quite disturbing.
But it becomes more so when its
pervasiveness in the regional
intelligentsia becomes clear. So I
replay this argument in its
entirety here, to underline three
1. Small-island immigration
to T&T for the PNM era (1956--
1986) was encouraged for elec-
toral reasons and caused tremen-
dous social degradation;
2. There has been wilful
ignorance of this phenomenon by
regional academics, who have not
even admitted it exists, far less
3. The racial undertones of
the issue, as I ve said before, sig-
nal a regional ethnic consensus,
which is a polite way of saying
racism. The story begins in 1958,
when the PNM lost the federal
election, and Eric Williams iden-
tified the hostile, recalcitrant
minority which threatened his
The Guardian s editorial of May
12, 1961, quoted Legislative
Council data which established
the presence of 13,100 prohibited
immigrants. It predicted dire eco-
nomic and social consequences if
this trend were to continue.
Which it did, because the elec-
tions of 1961 saw a racially
polarised electorate, and an
increase in the number of black
voters fleeing PNM paradise. (Indi-
an voters left too, but there is no
breakdown of emigrants by eth-
nicity.) By 1990, about 300,000
Trinidadians had emigrated to the
US, UK, and Canada.
Yet there was no appreciable
decline in the T&T population.
This was because as the north-
ward emigration proceeded, it
was matched by inflows from the
small islands. The front page of
the Guardian on March 5, 1969,
revealed that illegal immigrants
were coming through Tobago,
and evading immigration authori-
ties. An identical story appeared
on the Guardian s front page on
December 7, 1970.
As the 70s wore on, the story
evolved to reveal a false-birth-
paper racket which cited immi-
gration officials reporting "mas-
sive illegal entry" from "mainly
St Vincent" who were being sup-
plied with false documents. This
was on the front page of the
Guardian on September 5, 1974.
Related stories to this were on
the Guardian s front page on
August 17, 1970, and October 10,
1975: both reported that approxi-
mately 100,000 registered voters
were missing (five years apart)
from the electoral lists (ie, could
not be found by the EBC).
In 1981, John Babb wrote an
article in the Guardian headlined
"Alien Invasion" (July 5). He
reported how illegals tried to
make their way into the system,
and their failure, which resulted
in a large number of illiterate
children and young adults in the
immigrant communities, who
were forced into low-paying jobs
George Harvey, interviewing
enforcement officers of the immi-
gration division (May 22, 1982)
revealed the illegals settled in
Cocorite, John John, Sea Lots,
Laventille, Morvant, Carenage, Bel-
mont, Toco, Claxton Bay, La Brea,
central Trinidad, and Point Fortin.
The first six areas are the
crime hotspots of today. In
Chaguanas, Enterprise, where the
illegals settled, is the Laventille of
central Trinidad. Belmont was, up
till the 60s, a respectable lower
middle-class area. It is now a
Harvey s article also reported
that illegals gravitated to
DEWD---the precursor of the
crime-ridden URP of today. They
could not have got there without
government complicity. Another
far-reaching social consequence
was squatting. Illegals would
move to an area en masse, and
set up dwellings. By the end of
the 1980s, this had caused a cri-
sis in housing and land use,
which still afflicts us today. All
stories mentioned the stresses on
schools, hospitals, and public
transport---which also continue to
And time did not stanch the
flow. If the 70s were the Vin-
centian decade, the 80s belonged
to Grenada. By the early 1980s,
the Grenadian revolution sent a
massive incursion into Trinidad.
On February 13, 1984, this news-
paper reported then Prime Min-
ister George Chambers ordered,
or appealed, to John Donaldson,
National Security Minister, to
"rid the country of the increasing
number of illegal immigrants."
The number of illegals given by
police and immigration (Guardian
editorial, February 21, 1984) was
150,000. The situation became so
dire that T&T imposed visa
restrictions on Grenada. On Feb-
ruary 26, 1984, the front page of
this newspaper reported that
Grenadians were complaining that
it was too difficult to obtain a
visa for T&T. (The visa require-
ment was subsequently abolished.)
So, from the above, these facts
are undeniable: much more than
100,000 illegal immigrants from
the small islands, mainly Grenada
and St Vincent, came here
between 1961 and 1986. The com-
munities they settled in are today
the criminal centres of Trinidad.
The social consequences of this
phenomenon are scarcely admit-
ted to, and not investigated.
Mentioning this fact is countered
by accusations of "racism."
Hence, a whole swath of Trinidad
is populated by people who have
never been integrated and/or their
offspring, and, as we re seeing
today, are at war with Trinidad,
and seem to be winning.
If anyone has any counter-
facts, or explanations, I d love to
see or hear them.
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