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The National Joint Action Com-
mittee (NJAC) was at the highest
point of its popularity and power
in 1970. Tens of thousands of the
Black youths of T&T were joined
by a number of young Indian
activists and they terrorised Dr Eric
Williams and his PNM Government
and the rest of T&T.
The newspapers had ready-made
copy in 1970, and one front page
read: "Black Power stuns the city."
This was accompanied by an aerial
picture showing tens of thousands
and it read: "This scene was at South
Quay, where the target of the demon-
strators was the Chamber of Com-
merce (not in picture) which occupied
offices above the Traffic Police Sta-
And the story was headlined: "Riot
squads---but march is peaceful," and
"The biggest "Black Power"
demonstration ever to take place in
Trinidad and Tobago---and perhaps
the West Indies---moved through the
streets of Port-of-Spain yesterday.
Over 10,000 people---most of them
young---drawn from East, West,
North and South Trinidad and Toba-
go kept the heavy afternoon traffic
at bay for over four hours.
"This was the massive aftermath
of last Thursday s "Black Solidarity"
march in which nine youths, five of
them university students, were
arrested. Scores of policemen and
local and foreign newsmen turned
up at the demonstration anticipating
an upheaval. But the demonstrators
started out peacefully and ended up
"We shall walk without speaking;
without shouting; without smiling
but we shall walk in anger," shouted
ex-University of the West Indies
(UWI) Students Guild president Mr
"Then the surging crowd moved
forward from their Woodford Square
outpost to their first stop ---the Par-
liament Building, Red House.
"Deafening shouts of "power,
power" filled the tense afternoon air
as six flags, three red, two black and
green and one green, were planted
before the building by six serious-
faced young, black men and women.
And Granger, his voice resounding
from the microphone, interpreted
the meaning of the colours for the
"The red-flag is a declaration of
war; black is for victory, for black
unity; and green is for peace after
we achieve victory."
He urged the crowd to move in
peace, cautioning that there were
dissident elements who had a plan
to incite the marchers into violence."
Today, in 2013, if the NJAC were
to hold a meeting at the same Port-
of-Spain venue, the number of peo-
ple attending would be counted on
the fingers and toes.
We consider it a matter of ego
that the NJAC continues to call itself
one of the parties in the Partnership
Government led by Kamla Persad-
Bissessar. There is no validity in
maintaining the pretence of a polit-
ical party, and we urge NJAC to
merge with the United National
Another former partner that calls
itself a political party is Mr David
Abdulah and his so-called party, the
Movement for Social Justice, (MSJ).
Abdulah insisted on being one of
the parties in the proposed televised
debate between Kamla Persad-
Bissessar (UNC), and Keith Rowley
(PNM). But the COP, with six par-
liamentary representatives, was
denied a place in the debate.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar opted out, the debate was
cancelled, and David Abdulah and
his MSJ won not a single seat in the
local government elections. He
should either apply for membership
out of politics completely.
The Tobago Organisation for the
People (TOP) earlier this year suc-
cumbed to a dirty racial campaign
and won not a single seat in the THA
elections. They did, however, reap a
large block of votes and there is yet
hope for this Tobago party.
In the 2007 general elections, the
Congress of the People (COP), gar-
nered 148,041 votes, 22.64 per cent
of votes cast, and won not a single
seat. In alliance with the UNC and
others, it was able to win six parlia-
mentary seats in 2010, but lost every
Regional Corporation together with
the San Fernando City Council and
the Arima Borough.
Yet, Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan,
Chairman of the COP, blames every-
body, including dissidents in the COP,
for the wipe-out in the recently-
concluded local government elec-
Our view is that part of the COP s
problems is Seepersad-Bachan her-
self, who has not yet been able to
overcome the fact that she was
removed by Kamla Persad-Bissessar,
Prime Minister, from being Minister
of Energy, to the less prestigious post
of Minister of Public Administration.
We recognise some bitterness in her
voice when referring to the United
It is our suggestion that all these
parties meet and formally sink their
attempt at individualism and unite
under the United National Congress
with the rising sun as their symbol.
All indications are that Jack Warn-
er s Independent Liberal Party is now
on the decline. From the political
high after the Chaguanas West by-
election for the parliamentary seat,
the ILP showed decline in the local
One of their winning candidates
in Chaguanas, Faaiq Mohammed,
has jumped ship and is now subjected
to allegations without proof. They
"also ran" in the St Joseph parlia-
ILP should return home!
DISSOLVE AND MERGE
drawn from East,
West, North and
South Trinidad and
Tobago kept the
traffic at bay for
over four hours.'
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