Thursday, January 18, 2018

‘Illegal to disrupt public meetings’

 Minister of National Security Gary Griffith yesterday reminded supporters of political parties that it was against the law to “disrupt, intimidate, incite violence or destablise public order” at political meetings.

Griffith also pointed out that in accordance with Articles 46-50 of the Summary Offences Act of Trinidad and Tobago’s Constitution, all political gatherings are allowed freedom of assembly without fear of intimidation or violence. 

Griffith’s public reminder came in the wake of reports that a large group of protesters succeeded in taking over the stage of a meeting held by political activist Barrington “Skippy” Thomas and effectively stopped him from speaking for some time on Thursday night at a meeting held at the Himalaya Club, Barataria.

The minister’s statement referred to a report received from Political Leader of the Independent Liberal Party Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner  about the disruption of the meeting. 

“The Minister of National Security wishes to advise members and supporters of all political parties that it is against the law to disrupt, intimidate, incite violence or destabilise public order at the gatherings of other political groups,” the statement said.