734 Guyanese deported from Trinidad between 2010 -2014

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‘Look to the truth’: Attorney General Anand Ramlogan during his presentation of the Precursor Chemicals (No 2) Bill at yesterday’s sitting of the Upper House of Parliament at the International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain. —Photo courtesy The Office of the Parliament
‘Look to the truth’: Attorney General Anand Ramlogan during his presentation of the Precursor Chemicals (No 2) Bill at yesterday’s sitting of the Upper House of Parliament at the International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain. —Photo courtesy The Office of the Parliament

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Trinidad Express – Attorney General Anand Ramlogan has described as “mischievous, malicious and very dangerous” charges of racial and religious discrimination in the arrest of people or racial profiling in the deportation of illegal immigrants by the Government of the People’s Partnership.

Ramlogan said statistics from 2010 to October 2014 showed “the number one country with deportees from Trinidad and Tobago is not the African continent, not India, but Guyana. “The truth of the matter is that illegal immigrants from the African continent were way down on the list at number seven. The total number of African immigrants that have been deported from 2010 to now is 70 persons. Seventy African deportees in four, nearly five, years, against 734 Guyanese (in the same period).

“So when we run to light a fire, coming on the heels of the Ferguson experience in the US and we jump to pour kerosene to light a social flame that we cannot control, then we must look to the truth which shall set us free. And the statistics show that we must reject outright that kind of nonsense and absurd allegation against the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.”

There is absolutely no merit, truth or justification in it, he said, adding it was mischievous, malicious and very dangerous in a society such as this.

1,757 deported

He said he asked for statistics from the head of Immigration, Gerry Downes, because he wanted to see if there was any merit in this charge about discrimination against deportees from Africa.

The statistics provided revealed out of a total of 1,757 deportees between 2010 and now, 41.8 per cent of deportees (734) were from Guyana. He said coming second after “with a big gap”, was Jamaica, the country of origin of 18.5 per cent of deportees (325 people).

Other Caribbean countries (Dominican Republic, Cuba, Haiti, Dominica) were third, with 11.4 per cent of deportees; fourth was Asia (China, Indian and other Asian countries), with 10.2 per cent; fifth was Central and South America (5.7 per cent); sixth was Caricom countries (excluding Guyana and Jamaica), 5.7 per cent.

Speaking in the Senate on the Precursor Chemicals Bill, Ramlogan said: “We have a tendency in Trinidad to call upon the law enforcement officers to do their duty and enforce the law… and when they do… the very same people criticise and condemn them. The latest trend is if you arrest anybody—racial profiling, religious profiling. I don’t know what they expect the police to do.

“It is high time that we stop this hypocritical behaviour in Trinidad and Tobago and allow the law enforcement agencies to do their job as we were trained to do.”

The Attorney General said one had to be careful about pouring scorn on reports from security agencies in the country. He said on the African continent there was a “huge opium/heroin trade” and there was piracy on the high seas, therefore “one cannot bury one’s head in the sand”.

Ramlogan said Trini­dad and Tobago could not remain nonchalant in the face of entrepreneurial drug cartels which have already tried to use countries of the Caribbean to divert chemicals.

He quoted a 2006 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report which stated: “Trinidad and Tobago has an advanced petrochemical sector, which requires the import and export of chemicals that can be diverted for the manufacturing of cocaine hydrochloride. Precursor chemicals originating from Trinidad and Tobago have been found in illegal drug labs in Colombia.”

He said in a 2007 United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Training Manual, an example of diversion was cited. “A Mumbai-based exporter presented to the Narcotics Commissioner of India a No Objection Certificate from the Competent Authority of the importing country for export of two million ephedrine tablets to Trinidad and Tobago. Suspicion led to enquiry, which confirmed that the actual quantity permitted in the NOC was 200,000 tablets only.”

He said according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime World Drug Report 2014, cocaine supply indicators showed that the Central and South America and the Caribbean seizures in 2011-2012 amounted to over 70 per cent of global total. “This is a damning statistic and certainly supports the need for stricter controls on cocaine production,” he said

8 COMMENTS

  1. Many Guyanese don’t respect the laws of Guyana and I don’t expect them to respect the laws of anybody other country. When they fail action must be taken.

  2. Sad but true – GUYANESE have never been more disrespected worldwide than over the past 17 years!
    The reasons being the increased narco trafficking by guyanese and the influx of Guyanese in search of employment and economic opportunity in the Caribbean and North America!
    If I lay the blame where it squarely belongs I would be vilified and called all kinds of ridiculous names by the usual “progressive” bloggers on this site!
    In the meantime Guyana’s unmanned borders are so porous that every Tom, Dick, Harry and their relatives are coming into Guyana with ease while legitimate Guyanese travelers are harassed by immigration personnel specifically in Barbados and Trinidad (I have personally been subjected to harassment in Barbados and undue questioning and unprofessional remarks in both countries) and I only sound Guyanese! I do not even have a Guyanese passport!
    Go figure!!

  3. Baboo aka ANDREW U R waan CAPAHAR..BUNDHAR..come with more names..u are still wan pnc crab daag crablouse..caphar bhundhar baboon..lol

  4. Speaking in the Senate on the Precursor Chemicals Bill, Ramlogan said: “We have a tendency in Trinidad to call upon the law enforcement officers to do their duty and enforce the law… and when they do… the very same people criticise and condemn them. The latest trend is if you arrest anybody—racial profiling, religious profiling. I don’t know what they expect the police to do.
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    i TELL YOU WHAT AFROS WANT..THEY DO NOT WANT TO BE ARRESTED FOR ANYTHING THEY DO SO THE GOVERNMENT OF GUYANA AND TRINIDAD MUST ALLOW AFROS TO DO AS THEY PLEASED.
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    LOOK AT THE US..HANDS UP PROTEST..NO ONE WANT TO TALK ABOUT WHY POLICE WAS CALLED IN THE FIRST PLACE..NO ROBBERY NO POLICE..
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    STANDING IN THE PUBLIC SELLING ILLEGAL SMOKES. POLICE ASK U NOT TO..U DONT WANT TO BE ARRESTED. BUT POLICE TAKE U DOWN..U SAY U CANT BREATH 11 TIMES BUT STILL CLAIM POLICE CHOKE HOLD U TO DEATH. IF U WERE CHOKE HOLD TO DEATH U CANT SAY U CANT BREATH 11 TIMES..U JUST CANT SAY NOTHING MUCH LESS SAY SOMETHING 11 TIMES..
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    KID WAVING A TOY GUN IN PUBLIC AND WAS SHOT AND KILLED BY POLICE..ITS SIMPLE..WHERE ARE HIS PARENTS? NOT PARENT..PARENTS..HE SHOULD HAVE LEARNED NOT TO DO THAT FROM HOME BY HIS PARENTS…
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    HOW MANY TIMES NOW WE SEE AND READ IN THE PAPERS POLICE SHOOT AND KILL BANDITS BUT THEN THE NEWS MEDIA WILL GO HUNTING FOR EYEWITNESS..THEN THE MEDIA WILL GET THEIR EYEWITNESSES TO SAY ” OW AWE SEE DAH BOI FALL TO HIM KNEES AN OM LOOK LIKE HIM DE PRAYING AND BEGGING POLICE NOT TO SHOOT HE BUT POLICE STILL SHOOT HE OW LAAWD” ” OW DAT BOI WAS A GOOD BOI HE NEVER MISSED A DAY CHURCH AND HIM LOOK AFTER THE NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS ” ALL A BUNCH OF CRAP..STOP ATTRACTING POLICE TO YOURSELF AND NONE OF THIS WILL HAPPEN..

  5. Thats how stupid they are ,,jai and gay did not read about this ,,,they have a lot more coming home soon ,,,,jai i hope you dont have money for Roger,,,he coming to collect,,,

  6. AND THE GUYANA GOVERNMENT WANT TO GIVE THE TRINIS IN EXCESS OF TEN THOUSAND ACRES OF LAND PRACTICALLY FREE FOR THEM TO ENGAGE IN AGRICULTURE!!!!!! UTTER NONSENSE. NO WAY. TRINIS DON’T LIKE GUYANESE, PERIOD.

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