Seventy students from communities across East Port-of-Spain today graduated from the ‘2017 Education to Production and Creating the Beats' programme facilitated by the East Port-of-Spain Development Company Limited (EPOS), an agency of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.
The ceremony recognised the efforts of persons who completed programmes in carpentry, electrical, heavy equipment operations, masonry, plumbing, welding, and the creation of musical beats.
The garbage truck operator who dumped garbage in the roadway during protest action on Monday, is to be charged by police.
Police made the declaration in a tweet on Thusday saying: "The operator of a sanitation truck is due to be charged on 18.02.22 in relation to the dumping of garbage on the street during protest action by residents in East Port on Monday last."
The matter was under investigation by police and the Port-of-Spain City Corporation after the man claimed that he was ordered at gunpoint to dump the garbage.
Neighbours and friends of 25-year-old Akel “Christmas” James are disputing the police’s claims over the circumstances surrounding his death.
While police claimed James was killed in a shootout at his home early yesterday morning, residents alleged he was unarmed at the time. When a news team from the T&T Guardian visited the community yesterday, three people living within walking distance of James’ home claimed he was was executed by police.
“They just knock on the door and when he answer they start to shoot,” one man claimed.
Port-of-Spain Division Snr Supt Floris Hodge-Griffith says the events surrounding yesterday’s protests in East Port-of-Spain were recorded and charges will be laid against any individual who breached the law.
In a release after the first protest yesterday morning, Griffith assured that normalcy had been fully restored to East Port-of-Spain and that the situation had been brought under complete control.
East Port-of-Spain residents are vowing to continue their protests over the killing of a resident throughout this week. They made the claim as they played a game of cat and mouse with the security personnel during a second round of protest action yesterday afternoon.
Another man has been shot in East Port-of-Spain on Monday afternoon.
This follows another round of confrontation between residents and police this afternoon on Bath and Quarry streets.
The shooting took place just around 3.30 pm Monday.
Police say they have quelled the disturbances in East Port-of-Spain this morning.
A statement issued by the Police Service today states that police and army personnel went into action from 6 am today, in East Port-of-Spain, to quell disturbances among residents and remove debris that had been strewn across several streets, following a police-involved shooting incident at around 3:45 am on Monday 19th February, 2018.