Almost 31 years to the date of the 1990 Attempted Coup,THA Chief Secretary Ancil Dennis has made history by being the first Chief Secretary to lay a wreath on the grave of Former President and Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, the late A.N.R. Robinson.
The wreath-laying ceremony was initiated by Mr. Wendell Eversley, a former hostage during the Attempted Coup.
The insurrection marked one of the darkest days in Trinidad and Tobago’s history, when on Friday, 27th July, 1990, the Jamaat al Muslimeen sought to overthrow the government of Trinidad and Tobago. Many were held hostage by the radical Islamic group, including Robinson, who was serving as Prime Minister at the time, and government officials at the Red House and at the headquarters of state-owned national television broadcaster, Trinidad and Tobago Television (TTT). Twenty-four citizens lost their lives on this fateful day.
Since then, Mr. Eversley has been championing the cause for more recognition to be given to A.N.R. Robinson for the stance he took during the coup, in the interest of the country’s democracy.
Mr. Eversley said “our history must be taught to younger generations so they’ll have a greater understanding and appreciation for where we are now as a country.”
Photos courtesy: THA Chief Secretary Ancil Dennis Facebook page.