Trinidad and Tobago President Paula-Mae Weeks has commended religious leaders who called for a day of prayer to mark the 30th anniversary of the attempted coup that shook the country on July 27, 1990. She also urged citizens to be more patriotic and demanded that security forces be strengthened to prevent a similar insurgence in future.
Weeks said: “It is heartening to see our religious leaders call for a day of prayer to commemorate this dark chapter of our nation’s history and to show gratitude for the democracy we enjoy today. Our prayers must however be accompanied by deliberate steps to entrench respect and value for democracy, eternal vigilance and the empowering of our security forces to withstand any attempt at a repeat.”
Recalling what she described as a frightening time in Trinidad and Tobago’s history, Weeks expressed concern that an unequivocal apology may never be obtained from Yasin Abu Bakr - the leader of the Jamaat al-Muslimeen that shot its way into the Parliament and waged a six-day campaign to overthrow the government. Abu Bakr was jailed for two years.
Weeks said the victims of the attack – where 24 died - deserve it and lamented the lack of a formal commemoration of the incident as advised in the 2014 Commission of Inquiry report.
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