We guarantee protection of Venezuelans: Trinidad and Tobago Police received the ambassador

Regarding the opposition’s question about the deportation of the group of Venezuelans, the Minister of National Security of Trinidad and Tobago said that the group was “escorted.”


01:18 PM / 28/11/2020

Trinidad and Tobago Police Commissioner Gary Griffith affirmed that the necessary security measures will be implemented to guarantee the protection of Venezuelans in that country, while awaiting the decision of the local authorities regarding the 16 children of that nationality. awaiting asylum after being deported.

Local media reported this Saturday 28-N that Griffith gave that guarantee after meeting with Carlos Amador Pérez, Venezuelan ambassador in Trinidad and Tobago, who paid a courtesy visit to the central offices of the Police in Port of Spain.

The Venezuelan diplomat identified areas of cooperation in relation to the large number of Venezuelan nationals residing in Trinidad and Tobago, with the aim of developing a more effective mechanism for the processing and resolution of consular matters.

Pérez also showed his desire for a better collaboration between the two countries in anti-crime initiatives.

Griffith promised to continue sharing information on anti-crime initiatives, but no details were given of the situation that the group of 16 children is going through, plus some adults who accompany them, a case on which the authorities of the Caribbean country must rule.

Virtual meeting between ministers

To advance on this matter, the Minister of National Security of Trinidad and Tobago, Stuart Young, announced that he will hold a meeting with his Venezuelan counterpart.

Young confirmed in Parliament the meeting to questions from the opposition, which follows a request that was received in diplomatic communication from the Venezuelan Embassy.

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The Trinidad and Tobago official clarified that the meeting will be virtual, but did not specify the date.

Regarding the opposition’s question about the deportation of the group of Venezuelans, Young said that the group was “escorted” outside the borders of Trinidad and Tobago.

He clarified that the law in this regard is clear and insisted on the word “escort.”

Media from the Caribbean country have stressed that one of the obstacles to solving this problem lies in the fact that Trinidad and Tobago does not have regulations as such to deal with refugee asylum cases.

The latest information available indicates that relatives of the 16 Venezuelan minors deported from Trinidad and Tobago who spent almost two days lost at sea and who finally returned to the Caribbean country remain awaiting the decision of the local authorities on the future of the children. .

Concentrated relatives

The press of the Caribbean country highlights that the children’s relatives gathered next to the detention center with supplies for the minors, in a detention center in the town of Erin.

The minors, according to the local press, were going to be transported to the Chaguaramas heliport to spend a two-week quarantine, after Judge Avason Quinlan-Williams ordered during an emergency session of the Superior Court to stop a second deportation.

About thirty people, including 16 children, the youngest a four-month-old baby, were arrested in the town of Chatham, Trinidad, last week, and detained at a police station.

Last Sunday they left in a boat heading back to Venezuela, but after about 2 days in unknown whereabouts they returned to Trinidad and Tobago in a very deteriorated condition.

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The group of 16 children, accompanied by some adults, would try to reunite with their parents, who supposedly have a residence permit in the country.

In 2019, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago delivered documentation legalizing the situation to 16,000 Venezuelans, which has allowed them to work and reside legally


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