Rowley demands apology, removal of offensive UNC ads
A screenshot of one of the United National Congress' advertisements
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has demanded an apology from Political Leader of the United National Congress (UNC) Kamla Persad-Bissessar over apparent offensive and racist political advertisements portraying Afro-Trinidadians in a negative light.
Dr Rowley has also called for the advertisements to be removed.
Speaking at a political meeting in Sangre Grande on Thursday night, the Prime Minister accused the Opposition Leader of humiliating and insulting Afro-Trinidadians.
"She reach now to humiliating black people in this country by picking up destitute looking people and portraying them in the worst possible way in a political advertisement. Tonight, I want to say to Ms Kamla Persad-Bissessar and the United National Congress (UNC), I'm a proud black man in this country and you have offended me. You have insulted all black people in this country by that caricature in your advertisement."
He said the Opposition Leader must apologise if she wants to run the country.
"If you want to lead this country, you must apologise for that caricature you put there in your advertisement. It's not only black people alone in this country that can produce a hungry little child. It's not only black people in this country that are at the mercy of others," he said.
The Prime Minister also pointed out the symbolic use of bananas in one of the advertisements.
"Footballers walk of the field and they start to make monkey chants. But in the UNC advertisement, black people hungry in Trinidad and Tobago, and you feed the monkeys banana. You could go to hell with that. We are better than that in Trinidad and Tobago."
He added: "I demand that those ads be removed."