I just cannot share my feelings on this at the moment as there are so many unanswered questions.
These are some of the rules and regulations during a State of Emergency:
- The State of Emergency grants special powers to the police and military:
- Search and seizure powers will not require a search warrant;
- Military to have power to arrest and detain before transfer to the police;
- Police can arrest and detain for up to 24 hours after which a magistrate, or assistant superintendent (or higher), will be able to add an extra 7 days;
- No bail for those arrested during the State of Emergency;
- Courts no longer will have the power to grant bail.
|It is strongly advised you to respect the curfew in the affected areas and to comply with directives issued by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, military and police units.. Travel times might be affected by these measures, so ensure you have sufficient time to reach your destination before curfew|
This is the advisory from the British High Commission.
38 British nationals required consular assistance in Trinidad and Tobago in the period April 2010 - March 2011.
Believe me, living in the tropics, is not all it's cracked up to be!