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COUP HOAX

...Government dispells rumour as citizens stream out of Port of Spain

By Multimedia Desk

The Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications Vasant Bharath this afternoon issued a statement, dispelling rumours of a coup being staged in Trinidad and Tobago. The rumours has led to a exodus of people from Port of Spain this afternoon. The following is Bharath's statement. -


This is to officially advise that there is no coup attempt upon the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, and these malicious rumours of a coup are totally rejected as nothing more that theatrical attempt to create panic and alarm.There is absolutely no evidence of a security threat or breach and members of the public are assured that normal conditions prevail in the city and across the nation.

In consultation with the Ministry of National Security, I wish to advise that the National Operations Centre has explored all avenues of information gathering and spoken to all law enforcement agencies and all intelligence agencies and there is no information that corroborates this rumour.

This is the second rumour of this nature that has surfaced in the past week and seems to be part of an orchestrated campaign of mischief aimed at disturbing the public peace. The Ministry of National Security will continue to align all resources to ensure the security of the State and its citizens.

(Multimedia Editor - richard.charan@trinidadexpress.com)
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