Sunday 5 July, 2020

PoS protests force early closure of businesses

Pictured: Clashes continue in Port-of-Spain.

Pictured: Clashes continue in Port-of-Spain.

Several business establishments in the capital city have closed their doors for the day following protests across East Port-of-Spain, which have spread to other parts of the country.

Protests have continued since the extra-judicial killing of three men from Second Caledonia, Morvant.

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The alert state has been raised to red and law enforcement is being supported by the Defence Force.

First Citizens Bank has temporarily closed its Park Street Branch and Independence Square Complex for the remainder of the day.

Customers have been advised to visit any other conveniently located branch or make use of online banking and electronic services.

Republic Bank closed its Port-of-Spain branches at Independence Square, Park Street and its Promenade Centre at midday in the interest of the safety of staff.

Non-mall branches at San Juan, San Juan Lending Centre, Tragarete Road and Woodbrook were closed at 2 pm.

Its mall branches at Ellerslie Court, Glencoe, Long Circular Mall, Starlite Shopping Plaza (Diego Martin) and West Mall will be closed at 4 pm.

All other branches remain open.

Customers are encouraged to make use of the bank’s electronic services to conduct their banking business.

Movie Towne has closed its Port-of-Spain branch today due to the “unfortunate events” around the capital city and environs.

In a notice posted to Facebook, Movie Towne advised the decision was taken to safeguard their staff and patrons as their “top priority”.

J&K Signature Styles has closed its Frederick Street branch for the day due to the demonstrations. However, its Grand Bazaar, Trincity Mall, and Gulf City Mall branches remain open.

Due to the protest action happening in the Port of Spain area, our Frederick Street branch will be closed for the duration of the day.

Today’s sitting of the Senate was adjourned to Thursday.

The TTPS has advised that all roads leading in and out of the capital city have been cleared of debris from this morning’s protests.

Police are on the ground and ensuring the safety of commuters entering and leaving Port-of-Spain.

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