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24th Anniversary of attempted Coup

by | Jul 27, 2014

NEWS GRAPHIC 7Today marks the 24th anniversary of an attempt to overthrow the Trinidad and Tobago Government by members of the Jamaat al Muslimeen led by Imam Yasin Abu Bakr.

On July 27, 1990 Abu Bakr and his fellow insurrectionists held parliamentarians hostage at the Red House.

Prime Minister at the time A.N.R Robinson was one of the hostages.

They also invaded state-owned television station Trinidad and Tobago Television and the Trinidad Broadcasting Company at Maraval Road, Port-of-Spain.

The coup lasted 6 days during which, widespread looting and arson took place in Port of Spain and other parts of the East-West Corridor.

Several persons died, with thousands receiving injuries and millions of dollars in property losses were recorded.

Mr. Robinson was beaten and shot when he tried to order the army to “attack with full force.”

The insurgents surrendered on August 1 after they were offered amnesty.

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