Wednesday, August 24, 2011

State of Emergency Trinidad & Tobago Day 3

I just cannot share my feelings on this at the moment as there are so many unanswered questions.  

These are some of the rules and regulations during a State of Emergency:
  • The State of Emergency grants special powers to the police and military:
  • Search and seizure powers will not require a search warrant;
  • Military to have power to arrest and detain before transfer to the police;
  • Police can arrest and detain for up to 24 hours after which a magistrate, or assistant superintendent (or higher), will be able to add an extra 7 days;
  • No bail for those arrested during the State of Emergency;
  • Courts no longer will have the power to grant bail.
It is strongly advised you to respect the curfew in the affected areas and to comply with directives issued by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, military and police units.. Travel times might be affected by these measures, so ensure you have sufficient time to reach your destination before curfew
This is the advisory from the British High Commission.

  • On 21 August 2011, a Limited State of Emergency was called into effect by the Prime Minister. There is a curfew in place for designated "hotspots" in Trinidad from 21:00 to 05:00 local time. Although the State of Emergency extends to Tobago, the island has no designated "hotspots" and is not affected by the curfew. We strongly advise you to respect the curfew in the affected areas and to comply with directives issued by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, military and police units.  
  • You should be aware that there are high levels of violent crime, especially shootings and kidnappings. British nationals have been victims of violent attacks, particularly in Tobago where law enforcement is weak.
  • 38 British nationals required consular assistance in Trinidad and Tobago in the period April 2010 - March 2011.
  • There is an underlying threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. 
    Believe me, living in the tropics is not all that it's cracked up to be!


  1. Oh no! Keep safe Bee. You have me worried now dear!
    I'll be looking for your next post. Our news here in England is all about Libya. I've not seen anything about Trinidad yet.

  2. Bee,
    Trying times and please make yourself safe and well. I don't wish to know why the crisis erupted. Must have been something serious to warrant such. Continue blogging, Ma'am. We are all with you! Best wishes to you and family!


  3. oh! what's happening in the world?

    Hope that things would be better soon.

    Be safe! Take care!


  4. This is scary. I hope you keep safe.

  5. I think there is a growing lack of law and order and respect for human rights everywhere. But your little corner of the world seems to be a test tube of all that is wrong at times.

    BTW when I lived in DC Nixon enacted a state of emergency there due to protests against the War in Vietnam. Same list of rules you list. But I had friends that were taken from a peaceful protest, tossed into the football stadium and never heard from again.

  6. Thank you to all for your words and thoughts.

    As I suspected although we have a horrendous crime situation it would appear that there is a great deal more to this than meets the eye. I said it from Day One. We now have 2 US Navy subs lying off our North coast.

    My daughter received an e mail from the British High Commission yesterday requesting that she update her info on their data base. Am going to do mine now.

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