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President Carmona calls out Volunteer Defence force members

by | Sep 15, 2014

NEWS GRAPHIC 7President of Trinidad and Tobago Anthony Carmona by issue of Proclamation called out the Volunteer Defence Force effective August 29 2014 to January 7 2015.

The call-out was reportedly to serve as a reserve corps, to assist the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force for parades during the months of August and September 2014 and to assist the civil authority in providing security support for law enforcement activities throughout Trinidad and Tobago leading into and including the Christmas period.

However the Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley noted that the Defence Force Act stated that the President may call out the Volunteer Defence Force or any portion of it for actual military service with their arms and ammunition in aid of the civil power in any case in which a riot, disturbance of the peace, or other emergency requiring such service occurs.

Dr. Rowlay stated that he was concerned that not only was it invoked but for an extended period.

He called on the President and Prime Minister to immediately provide explanations to the nation as to why this specific power designed only for emergency situations, where it is decided that the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, being the civil legal authority charged with protection of the citizenry, is unable to suppress, or prevent or deal with the emergency, has been invoked.

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