THA Chief Secretary Mr. Orville London expressed his disappointment on the continuance of the State of Emergency.
He said that he is: “Hoping that the Prime Minister, and the decision-makers at the Central Government level, will seriously consider whether they are being fair to the public of this island and this country by maintaining a State of Emergency, when they have not told us what is the reason, and they have not yet indicated to us, how they intend to treat the impact it is having on the psyche of the people of the island and country.”
During the weekly Post Executive Council Media Briefing, Mr. London indicated that one of the issues that he was concerned about was the impact of the curfew on the people.
The curfew was lifted on November 6.
Mr. London stressed that the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago must understand that their liberty is important. He voiced concern regarding the challenges that Tobago now faces due to the perception of the island.
He stated that he saw joy on the faces of many people in response to the lifting of the curfew, and indicated that this response made him think of abuse. “The thing about abuse that is extremely challenging, and sometimes difficult to comprehend, is that if the abuse is severe enough, less abuse in fact becomes something that you appreciate.”
Mr. London noted that the country’s citizens are simply less abused today than a few days ago, and he compared keeping the State of Emergency to moving from receiving physical abuse to receiving just verbal abuse.