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Stating that for several days he was held against
his will in Parliament, Eversley said, "I don't want
to see something like this happen again. That is why
I protested for 20 years for an inquiry."
Asked if he was fearful of another coup attempt,
Eversley said, "yes."
Toney: Jamaat not to be taken lightly,
they're a serious security risk
Toney, who was in Parliament when the Jamaat
invaded its chambers, believes that Abu Bakr's actions
should be taken seriously.
"They embarked on a similar type of activity in
years gone by. We did not take it seriously and we
paid a heavy price. They are not to be taken lightly.
They must be treated as a serious security risk. They
have to be looked at very closely. They are embarking
on that type of activity that led to July 1990," Toney
said on Thursday.
Toney said it was extremely bold on the part of
Abu Bakr to violently flog the effigies "when his
father is yet to apologise to the national community,
in particular, those who suffered and died as a result
of his recklessness in 1990."
Toney said the young man should instead make
an effigy of his father and whip it through the streets
'Jamaat are not to be taken lightly'
Toney said he did not feel threatened by
"I want to believe National Security will
be alert to that type of inclination."
He said citizens too were more circum-
"It is important, I think, for the author-
ities to ensure that they do everything...that
they take heed purposefully of the recom-
mendations of the March 2014 commis-
sion's report to ensure that there is no repeat
Raphael: The State should
take necessary precautions
Former NAR MP Rawle Raphael, who
was held captive during the uprising, feels
that Abu Bakr should be monitored closely
and National Security should take the "nec-
Raphael said Abu Bakr and the Jamaat
should not be dismissed lightly.
He said one of the recommendations in
the commission's report was that "Gov-
ernment must be on the alert. I can only
hope that they are doing just this. I would
be shocked if the Government is not fully
prepared if another coup is staged."
Raphael said when he was warned not
to go to Parliament on July 27 by a Jamaat
member, he did not take it seriously.
"I took it for a joke then, but now, I will
not take that chance. I thought that could
never happen in T&T."
Humphrey: A total waste of time
John Humphrey, who testified at the
Commission of Enquiry into the coup, did
not see Abu Bakr's actions and comments
as a threat.
"I think it's a total waste of time."
A former NAR minister, Humphrey said
he agreed with the young man that he
should not be blamed for his father's actions.
Humphrey said Abu Bakr was not the
only one who had been expressing dissat-
isfaction with our political leaders.
"I don't know why people are upset by
Shabazz: There are lots of alarmists
Jamaat member Jamaal Shabazz believes
the young Abu Bakr meant no harm, but
was only "expressing himself."
Insisting that he was not speaking on
behalf of the Jamaat, Shabazz said Abu
Bakr was only "trying to find his political
feet" having formed his own political party,
New National Vision, in 2010.
He said Abu Bakr was one of several
young men in the Jamaat who gave their
"There are over 100 young Fuad Abu
Bakrs within the Jamaat and over 1,000 in
the general Muslim community."
Shabazz, however, insisted, "Coups do
not just occur every July 27 as if it is a sea-
He said a lot of alarmists have been using
the month of July to fan the nation's fears
and play on the minds of the population.
"Some were even using it for their own
political intrigue. Fuad is an ambitious
young man with a political viewpoint. There
are many like that in the Jamaat-al-Mus-
limeen and, unlike me, they refuse to take
a spectator position in the country's pavil-
Shabazz denied the Jamaat was engaged
in the trafficking, supply and possession of
illegal drugs, arms and ammunition. "It
takes a certain amount of financial capital,
business contacts in several important secu-
rity institutions in the country to deal in
big drugs and arms and ammunition. There
is no one within the Jamaat that is currently
involved in either. And I say this with all
The weapons used in the 1990 coup,
Shabazz said, were just "a few bird guns
and two slinging shots" in an attempt to
"Today, the smallest man in a gang has
guns bigger than him and there must be
some political reason that the society has
arrived at this violent morass. How could
the politician just try to cast blame without
taking any responsibility for creating this
North American gang culture that has devel-
oped? And now that the chickens are com-
ing home to roost, they want to blame the
Jamaat. For what?"
Shabazz feels the country needs a dif-
ferent type of leadership, "a leader who can
consult more with the people."
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Prof Brinsley Samaroo says
even though there are pockets of
dissatisfaction everywhere as
there have always been in the
country, it is not sufficiently wide-
spread to cause any serious dis-
ruption to the society.
Samaroo was the former agri-
culture minister in the ANR Robin-
son-led NAR Government and gave
evidence before the Commission
of Enquiry into the 1990 attempted
He said, "I really don't see any
signs of unrest similar to 1990 at
this particular time.
"One of the major reasons being
that people are generally doing quite
well, the unemployment rate is
quite low at just about four per
"In 1990 it was around 14 per
cent, I'm not seeing that upswelling
Samaroo said in 1990 the coun-
try was experiencing difficulty due
to serious economic depression at
that time, and the fall in oil prices
played a key role in triggering the
He said the country was now on
a virtual economic high, which
made the chances there would be
another coup minimal.
Samaroo said the country was
enjoying a good deal of prosperity,
with the numerous cars on the road
leading to unprecedented gridlock.
He said the people were generally
happy and satisfied, judging by the
number of fetes, bazaars, and
leisure activities they indulged in.
Samaroo said, however, there
were always fringe elements of the
population that were unhappy, such
as the trade unions.
He said for labour or political
reasons, these groups found it in
their interest to stir up as much
discontent as possible.
Samaroo said it was mainly cen-
tred in the Port-of-Spain/Laventille
area and was not widespread.
Samaroo: No signs of 1990
...Dissatisfaction in T&T not widespread
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