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Trinidad: PM Rowley-Kamla’s slavery comments offensive

THE Prime Minister has taken offence at UNC leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s calling the exclusion of TT citizens being worse than slavery.

He has also spoken out against her “blank” and “Oreo” references to him.

Speaking from a People’s National Movement (PNM) platform in San Fernando on Monday night, Rowley said to equate the closure of the borders with the horrors of slavery was offensive and insulting.

“We closed our borders because it was the most effective way to keep (people) who were in here fairly safe, allowing those who were outside, nationals and non-nationals, from bringing to us an infection that could damage and destroy us.”

He said all over the world people were closing their borders, but only in TT was it deemed worse than slavery.

“I know of no other country where any person has made that charge against its government for protecting its people,” he said.

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