Tobago: Police standing by to maintain order

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Ains­ley Gar­rick said the To­ba­go Po­lice Di­vi­sion is pre­pared for any even­tu­al­i­ties that might arise af­ter the reg­is­tra­tion cen­tre for Venezue­lan mi­grants at the Car­o­line Build­ing in Scar­bor­ough clos­es at 5 pm to­day.

ACP Gar­rick told Guardian Me­dia it is ap­par­ent that many mi­grants will not get the op­por­tu­ni­ty to reg­is­ter be­fore the dead­line. He said se­cu­ri­ty per­son­nel will be out in their num­bers to en­sure that peace is main­tained.

"As the se­cu­ri­ty ser­vice and the head of it, I will have my peo­ple in an­tic­i­pa­tion of not caus­ing dam­age to prop­er­ty and in­jury to per­sons who are on the road and that's the most I could do, or the most I could share for now—that we would want the process to end in hu­man peace.

"As to what is go­ing to hap­pen to them, I will have to lis­ten to what are the next in­struc­tions from the au­thors of the ex­er­cise. One of the things is if this is the end, we have to know what we are do­ing with these peo­ple who are now in the coun­try il­le­gal­ly, but again that is a con­ver­sa­tion that has to come by way of ini­tia­tive in­struc­tions," he said

Gar­rick said any ac­tion tak­en against Venezue­lan mi­grants in To­ba­go must be in keep­ing with the is­land's tourism-ori­ent­ed im­age

"The GDP in Trinidad is oil and gas and the GDP in To­ba­go is tourism, so that every­thing we do on the is­land, as it per­tains to hos­pi­tal­i­ty, we have to be care­ful. So even in treat­ing with those who weren't suc­cess­ful in a bid to prob­a­bly re­move them, we have to re­mem­ber what we do can al­so in­jure our tourism stock and To­ba­go will want to pro­tect that. It is a crit­i­cal po­si­tion that we will need to treat with," he said.

Up to Thurs­day, ap­prox­i­mate­ly 800 mi­grants had reg­is­tered in To­ba­go. Re­ports in­di­cate that many of them have been re­turn­ing to Trinidad af­ter com­plet­ing their reg­is­tra­tion process.

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