Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 13th 2014 Contents A6
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Former hostages of the 1990 attempted
coup believe T&T s National Security agen-
cies should be on the alert as a result of the
climate of uneasiness pervading the land---
rising murder toll, gang warfare, labour
unrest and poor governance.
They also feel that the authorities should
take action against Fuad Abu Bakr, son of
Jamaat leader Yasin Abu Bakr, for beating and
dragging an effigy of the Prime Minister and
Opposition Leader through the streets of Port-
On July 3, Abu Bakr posted on his Facebook
wall "action against the injustice in our society
starts today. Walking round and round has
been ignored. It is time for a people who talk
too much and take too much to act. To act
now and ensure a better tomorrow. Our leaders
will listen if we make them listen."
One day later, effigies of Kamla Persad-
Bissessar and Dr Keith Rowley were beaten
and dragged through the streets.
In response to the beating of the bobolees,
the United National Congress Tabaquite con-
stituency called on the relevant authorities
to act against the "disrespectful" actions
against the PM.
Three former hostages---Wendell Eversley,
former national security minister Joseph Toney,
and former National Alliance for Reconstruc-
tion (NAR) MP Rawle Raphael---feel that the
Jamaat, with which Abu Bakr is associated,
poses a serious security risk.
Seventh-Day Adventist pastor Clive Dottin
agreed that the country was in a "fragile state"
and the beating of the bobolees sent a "dan-
gerous signal that security can be breached
at any time."
Dottin said it was "more than an act of
disrespect. It was an act of lawlessness. I feel
strongly about it. This should be taken seri-
ously. We should condemn it in a significant
He said T&T was "not alert as a nation."
Eversley: We are heading
down a dangerous road
Eversley said if Abu Bakr had acted as he
did in another country, he would have been
called in by the authorities or arrested.
"If he was in another country, he would
have been charged. It is up to the authorities
to act. I cannot go and charge him. That is
why I keep saying that he is taking advantage
of the climate right now. They are watching
how the climate is ripe. This is what led to
the 1990 coup back then. Who can't hear
The upsurge in murders and gang warfare,
Eversley said, was a clear sign that all was
not well in T&T.
He said criminals were getting too restless,
and there was an uneasy feeling pervading
the land with government offices shutting
down, unions staging protests, and poor gov-
"We are heading down a dangerous road.
You also have to question the motive of the
...former coup hostages anxious
CHARLES KONG SOO
Researcher Daurius Figueira says the
likelihood of the Jamaat carrying out
another coup was close to non-existent
as the core members who took part in the
July 27, 1990, insurrection were now old
and decrepit and the group was now under
constant surveillance by the State.
He said the Government had also learnt
its lessons since that fateful event and would
be more than adequately prepared to
respond to any other radical group bent on
carrying out a terrorist attack on the coun-
try.Figueira, author of the book, Jihad in
Trinidad and Tobago, July 27, 1990, said,
"The peculiar realities leading up to the
coup don't exist any more.
"The first reality is that the Jamaat that
existed leading up to 1990 no longer exist.
That generation is now old, many of them
are infirm with old-age diseases and the
generations after them are not really into
Head of the organisation, Yasin Abu Bakr,
the man who led the insurrectionists during
the coup, is diabetic.
"Second and most importantly the State
has responded to what has happened in
1990 and is no longer in a condition of
weakness as it was back then."
When asked about the possibility of
breakaway factions of the Jamaat or other
extremist groups with more radical and
violent views emerging to threaten the
country, he said Islam was a minority in
T&T and militant Islam was an even smaller
Figueira said successive governments had
implemented numerous contingency meas-
ures since July 27, 1990, to ensure that the
State could respond to any coup attempt
and preempt it.
Figueira: State no longer weak
Fuad Abu Bakr beats a bobolee of PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar outside the Parliament building
on Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain, recently. PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
Yasin Abu Bakr
Dr Keith Rowley
'Climate of uneasiness in T&T'
Continues on Page A7
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