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THE POLICE officers involved in the forceful entry of the Transport and Industrial Workers Union's (TIWU) office last Wednesday should be suspended until an investigation in the incident is completed, president of the National Trade Union Centre (Natuc) Michael Annisette has said.

Annisette made the statement yesterday as he announced a special executive council meeting at the Seamen and Waterfront Workers Trade Union along Wrightson Road, Port of Spain today to discuss the police action at TIWU.

"Having reviewed the footage of the incident involving the police and the watchman on March 8, 2012 at TIWU Hall, the National Trade Union Centre is committed in its resolve to have the matter addressed without delay," a release from Natuc stated yesterday.

"To this end, Natuc is calling for the suspension of the police officers linked to the incident, pending a full investigation into the unfortunate, regrettable and unprovoked action by the police," the release stated.

Last Wednesday night, TIWU's leader Roland Sutherland said 12 police cars parked outside the union's Laventille office and broke down the gate and the door to the building searching for a watchman wanted for child maintenance.

Three TIWU representatives visited the Besson Street Police Station yesterday and lodged a report on the damage to property that resulted from the police exercise.

Alan Samuel, the watchman on whom the police warrant was issued, has appeared in the Port of Spain First Court before Magistrate Nirmala Loquan on failure to pay $7,900 in maintenance fees. He was also charged with resisting arrest and was granted bail in the sum of $25,000.

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