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Activist apologises to MP

Thursday, August 16, 2018
Kareem Marcelle Photo by:Kerwin Pierre

Public relations officer of the Beetham Community Council Kareem Marcelle yesterday apologised to MP Fitzgerald Hinds for the actions of a few misguided youth in the community.

Marcelle also called on the T&T Police Service to bring anyone before the court who may have breached the law in splashing water on Hinds and Beetham Gardens councillor Akil Audain during Tuesday’s visit to the community which was under floodwaters.

Condemning the actions, Marcelle, a law student, said, “I want to offer an apology to Mr Hinds and Audain for that unfortunate incident.”

Marcelle said he chastised the residents telling them what they did was wrong.

“I told them to revolt with their vote when general elections is called in 2020 if they are dissatisfied in whatever way.”

He said while Hinds’ visit to their community has been few and far between, the residents went about things the wrong way.

Marcelle said Hinds must have felt scared after what happened.

“Probably, he felt a fear for his safety. I am advising him when he is coming into this community that he is accompanied by the police just to be on the safe side and to avoid any confrontation.”

He agreed that those culpable for their disrespectful actions should be punished by the law.

“They must be held accountable. That is the job of the Police Service to do. I support the Police Service in carrying out their duties to bring these people to justice who have clearly breached the law. We must separate what is legal and what is unethical and immoral.”

Having held discussions with the residents, Marcelle said “in fact, a lot of them are welcoming being arrested. They are saying that if it is one thing they will feel proud about is getting arrested and standing up against Hinds. They remain unapologetic. They have no remorse for what they did.”


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