Trinidad: High tensions in Parliament sparks shouting match and name calling


Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young ac­cused the Op­po­si­tion of be­ing racists, spark­ing a shout­ing match and name call­ing in the Par­lia­ment on Fri­day night. The in­ci­dent oc­curred while Young was mak­ing his con­tri­bu­tion to the de­bate on the Tres­pass (Amend­ment) Bill, 2019 in the Low­er House.

“I have al­so sat here and asked per­mis­sion to en­ter this de­bate be­cause I find it quite dis­taste­ful to sug­gest and re­duce this piece of leg­is­la­tion in the most deroga­to­ry terms and man­ners I have heard from those on the oth­er side to­day by sug­gest­ing it’s for HDC (Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion) and it’s for per­sons who live in HDC hous­es and to talk about Dun­can Street, and to talk about East Port-of-Spain in the most deroga­to­ry of man­ners,” Young said. “So as the Mem­ber for Port-of-Spain North/St Ann’s West and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive for a large part of East Port-of-Spain, I rise for the peo­ple that I rep­re­sent and point them out for be­ing the racists that they are here to­day for be­ing those who have come here to at­tack those who sit in HDC hous­es, I am not with­draw­ing it,” Young said.(Trinidad Guardian)…[+]