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Curfew confusion in T&T

05:39am | Fri, August 26, 2011

The people of Trinidad and Tobago are in state of confusion regarding a curfew which was put into effect on Sunday, August 21, by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissesar.

On Wednesday, August 24, Commissioner of Police, Dwayne Gibbs said the entire country was under curfew restrictions during the specified period of 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., while National Security Minister, Brigadier John Sandy said otherwise.

At a news briefing on Tuesday, Mr. Sandy said residents living outside of the specified curfew areas are free to go about their business.

However, on Wednesday, Commissioner Gibbs was told by the Trinidad Express that police officers have continued to impose curfew restrictions in several communities not listed under the Emergency Powers Curfew Order 2011.

Mr. Gibbs said as far as he was aware, the curfew restrictions apply throughout the country.

This is causing some confusion in the twin island republic because, when the prime minister initially announced plans for a curfew, she said it would only pertain to certain areas.