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Trinidad: LOCKED IN CAGES Police remove 90 from Arouca rehab centre

SHOCK and disgust were the prevailing reactions from the public, police and government ministers on Tuesday, after an early-morning raid at a rehabilitation facility in Arouca ended with the release of over 90 people registered as patients, and the arrest of six senior staff members.

Northern Division CID police and the Special Operations Response Team, led by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith and Deputy Commissioner (operations) Jayson Forde, went to the Transformed Life Ministry rehabilitation centre at Eastern Main Road at around midnight on Tuesday. There they found 90 people with 69 of them in cages or restrained with handcuffs.

Victim and Witness Support Unit and emergency health workers did preliminary medical assessments before taking them to the Arima hospital and the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in three police buses.

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