Union gets police permission to protest on Friday
...but with conditions
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service today issues a statement disclosing that approval has been granted by the Commissioner of Police for the Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU). to have a demonstration and public meeting from 1pm on Friday 23rd May 2014, with the following conditions applied;
• During the public march along the approved route the use of Music Trucks, Rhythm Sections, Bull Horns or mobile public address systems will not be permitted.
• In keeping with the Summary offences act 11:02 section 109 sub section 5 which clearly states-
“ A person ( other than a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago or a resident) who desires to address a public meeting or a political meeting shall no more than fourteen days before the date on which such meeting is to be held apply to the Minister for a permit to do so: and the minister may, in any case, grant the application. (6) Any person who, not being a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago or a resident, addresses a public meeting or a political meeting without first obtaining a permit in accordance with sub-section (5) is liable to a fine of five thousand dollars or the imprisonment for two years”
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service would like to assure the members of the public that they will be out in their numbers to ensure that order is preserved during the Demonstration and Public Meeting.
Gathering at Woodford Square- Proceeding west along Knox Street, south along St. Vincent Street, east along Independence Square North, north along Abercomby Street, west along Oxford Street, south along St. Vincent Street, east along Park Street, south along Frederick Street to Independence Square and gather on the Brian Lara Promenade.
According to the Joint Trade Union Movement, which has been canvassing the country over the past month seeking public support, "the march is not only for trade unionists, but members of civil society groups, political parties, religious groups, community groups and all individuals who are concerned about the high level of corruption and bad governance in Trinidad and Tobago".