Deputy Commissioner of Police Wendell Williams has addressed reports which stated that Wednesday’s Scrap Iron Dealers motorcade was stopped from entering Port of Spain by police officers who allegedly said they had no information on it.
According to reports the motorcade which was scheduled to begin from the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba straight to the Queen’s Park Savannah, instead had to end in Barataria, much to the disappointment of the scrap iron workers and union leaders who joined to show their support.
Speaking at the TTPS’ media briefing on Thursday, Williams explained that police did in fact hold prior discussions with the association however it ended up as a misunderstanding.
“Yesterday there were activities in Port of Spain, where you had streets which were cordoned and what have you, realising that would have caused a build-up unnecessarily…Mr Ferguson was given the option of going to Barataria or choosing another day and he accepted the arrangement…so I’m not sure where the misunderstanding came but that’s the reality of what took place.
Williams assured however that the TTPS and TTSIDA will continue their discussions moving forward. He also noted comments coming from TTSIDA President Allan Ferguson on protest action reaching the doorsteps of Government ministers and officials:
“People are agitated and they say things, we have people to protect, we have measures to actually do that effectively.”
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