Friday, February 23, 2018

Screaming ‘Xena’ put out of Parliament


listen to me: Rafina Ali pleads her innocence outside the Parliament building after she was removed from the Chamber during yesterday’s Senate sitting, at Tower D, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain. —Photo: ISHMAEL SALANDY

Mark Fraser

A woman had to be escorted out of Parliament yesterday after she disrupted the sitting with her outburst, warning ministers to stop “shutting down the Prime Minister”.

Independent Senator Anthony Vieira was at the time contributing to the private motion on election campaign financing when Rafina Ali, who sat directly behind the Inde­pendent benches, started shouting.

“Listen to me I am Xena, that the world calling for me...and allyuh shutting down the Prime Minister and them from knowing, the ministers! I Xena! I am Xena...that is what allyuh doing, ministers

...allyuh have to stop this, now is the time!” Ali shouted.

Parliament police quickly intervened and escorted Ali out of the Chamber as she continued her rant outside Parliament.

Last November, the Parliament sitting was also disrupted when former Government minister Verna St Rose-Greaves made a loud and passionate appeal for the child killings to stop and shouting it cannot be business as usual in the country.

Senators were surprised and confused by Ali’s outburst but within a minute, Vieira continued his contribution.

He spoke of the need for legislation with respect to campaign finan­cing as democracy was threatened in its absence.

—Anna Ramdass