Eversley wants official function and compensation for July 1990 hostages and families of victims

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Eversley wants official function and compensation for July 1990 hostages and families of victims

Wendell Eversley, who was among the hostages during the July 27, 1990 coup, has called for a proper official function to be held annually and for compensation for hostages and families of victims who died.

As the nation remembers that day in history today, in which Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu Bakr led insurgents into the Red House, taking Prime Minister ANR Robinson and most of his Cabinet hostage, as well as other people, Eversley said more should be done for the victims.

After a six-day siege, 24 people were killed and many others injured, before the muslimeen surrendered.

Eversley, who was in the public gallery when the event erupted, was hit on the head by muslimeen members.

He said Chapter 11 of the CoE report—which urged that hostages and families of victims be compensated and that July 27, 1990 be officially remembered must be implemented.

“I’m scarred for life not only with that, but I’m haunted by recollection of (Parliament clerk) Lorraine Caballero bleeding to death in front of me. She was shot in the belly when they stormed the Parliament that evening and she lay in front of me, bleeding from the mouth until she died around 11 pm.”

Meanwhile, Eversley is doing his traditional walk from Arima to the Red House today.

He will leave Arima at 5 am and is due to arrive to lay a wreath at the Red House by 10 am today.

He will be accompanied by a music truck with calypsonian Crazy (Edwin Ayoung) singing Eversley’s composition Remember 1990.

Congress of the People leader Kirt Sinnette said he and other COP members will meet Eversley at South Quay, Port-of-Spain, and walk with him to the Red House.