Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Cuban refugees in court for obstruction

Nine Cuban refugees who were reportedly living on the streets of Port of Spain are expected to appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate on Thursday after on allegations of obstruction.

The nine were held at about 5:30 pm on Wednesday outside of the United Nations building along Chancery Lane, Port of Spain, after they failed to comply with police instructions to remove themselves from the scene.

At the time the nine adults – including five women – were part of 18 Cuban nationals who were demonstrating outside of the building for the past few weeks in an attempt to seek asylum in the United  States.

They claimed that they were being persecuted and their lives were in danger.

Yesterday afternoon, officers of the Port of Spain CID, under the supervision of Snr Sup Persad, made their way to Chancery Lane and spoke to the 18 nationals, some of whom were children.

They informed them of the offences being committed and reminded them that accommodation had been offered to them at the Living Waters Community.

However, nine adults refused to comply with the instructions and stood their ground.

They were the supervisors of three children at the time.

After further deliberations,  the nine were arrested.

The children - ages nine, three and one - were taken by the Child Protection Unit.

More on this as it becomes available.

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