State of Emergency: Law Association President ‘corrects’ police statement on curfew

Dana Seetahal’s column in Saturday’s Trinidad Express can easily be interpreted as a harsh criticism of ASP Joanne Archie’s announcement that the police would be cracking down on curfew parties in nightclubs.

Friday’s Express reports that Archie stated that “bar owners are having people assemble indoors in crowds, in large groups, so we will want them to desist from that practice within the curfew hours”.

Seetahal’s contention is not that the police shouldn’t stop the proverbial dance but that they can’t. At least, not legally.

She says: “Whether the police prefer not to have persons assemble inside in large groups is irrelevant and the sooner officers like PIO [Public Information Officer] Archie appreciate that. the better for all concerned. It is a further invasion of the rights of citizens that should not be tolerated.”

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