‘Skippy’ feels UNC wrath
By NEWSDAY REPORTER Saturday, April 19 2014
click on pic to zoom in
Barrington "Skippy" Thomas...
BARRINGTON ‘Skippy’ Thomas, fired executive director of Policy Outreach and Strategy in the Ministry of the People, felt the wrath of what appeared to be UNC supporters who disrupted a public meeting Thomas had on Thursday night at the Himalaya Club.
In attendance at the time were interim leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) and Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner, Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) leader David Abdulah and former Attorney General Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj.
Thomas called the meeting to publicly claim that Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar had known, long before it was revealed in the media, of certain allegations made against Tobago West MP and Tobago Development Minister Dr Delmon Baker.
However, according to a release issued yesterday by Warner, shortly after Thomas began to speak, a group of about 30 persons, waving placards, began to chant “Go Skippy go!” and behaved in a raucous manner.
“My security detail by this time had taken strategic positions around me. My safety did feel compromised though and this was the first time in history that I witnessed such political interference and aggression by another party’s supporters at a political meeting,” Warner said in the statement.
Warner claimed the group made its way to the front of the reception area right under the stage where Thomas was speaking and continued their loud chants and boos as Thomas continued speaking.
Thomas said, as a UNC activist, he had stayed quiet when he saw wrong things being done by persons in the party. But the time for staying quiet was over, he added. The crowd booed and continued to chant loudly, “Go Skippy go!”
Warner, in his release, claimed it was his personal security detail which made their way to the stage and was able to keep the mob of UNC supporters at bay while Thomas continued to speak.
“At 9 pm, two female police officers arrived and did nothing to quell the situation. I am of the opinion that they could have done nothing actually because they were vastly outnumbered by the disrupters,”Warner said.
Port-of-Spain police are currently investigating a report of attempted extortion made against a person by Dr Baker. On Thursday, Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar said that while she is aware of certain allegations, she will not act against Dr Baker, until all investigations are completed.
The meeting which Thomas held on Thursday night was carried ‘live’ on several radio stations.