Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Bandits attack media at Chutney finals

By CECILY ASSON Monday, January 21 2008
Source: T&T Newsday

NEWSPAPER photographers who covered the Chutney Soca Monarch Finals at Skinner Park, San Fernando, were attacked by a group of bandits outside the venue early yesterday morning.

Newsday photographer Anil Rampersad suffered an injury to his back, while Express photographer Dave Persad was allegedly slapped in the face and hit with a bottle on the head. Photographers Trevor Hackett (Express) and Rishi Ragoonath (Guardian) escaped unhurt.

Five suspects have been detained in connection with the incident which took place as the photographers were headed back to their respective vehicles parked on the “B” ground, Skinner Park, the designated parking area for the media workers on the night.

Rampersad said they were denied parking inside the venue and were shuttled into Skinner Park. However, after the event a shuttle service was unavailable.

The photographers were attacked at about 3.45 am as they were walking along the Rienzi/Kirton Highway, Cross Crossing, near Skinner Park. A gang of about eight men rained bottles on them when they reacted to their alleged attempts to rob them. Rampersad was struck in the back with a bottle as he tried to run for cover.

Plain clothes police officers on their way out of Skinner Park were alerted to the incident.

Five suspects were held and taken to San Fernando CID where up to late yesterday evening they were still detained.

The injured photographers were forced to seek medical attention at the Princes Town District Health Facility after waiting several hours at the San Fernando General Hospital without being attended to. Rampersad yesterday blamed organisers of the annual chutney event for the unfortunate incident. He explained: “If only the media were shown some more respect with parking arrangements this would not have happened.”

Investigations are continuing.

Pictures, pictures of our Health Ministry *cough* .... well look at that picture. Let's hear the names of these members of the media now who were attacked. Anil Rampersad and Dave Persad (Trevor Hackett and Rishi Ragoonath were not assaulted). Where they were attacked? At the Chutney Soca Monarch Finals at Skinner Park. Who attacked them? See above picture. Now it looks to me like those fellows doing the attacking are a bunch of fellows of African Descent and the 2 media men who were attacked, from the names given, seem to be of East Indian Descent. First thing people might bawl is that Trini Views is another racist, but the fact still remains that this attack here can be classified as a racial attack by Afro-Trinis on Indo-Trinis. What could these reporters have possibly done to these men to warrant such a violent attack? They say it was attempted robbery, but what would you expect to get from some cameramen covering an event? Film? Cameras? Come on, call a spade a spade.


Anonymous said...

Of course it's a focking racial attack! Look at dem animals on de ground. You tink dey human? Man dey go kill dey own mudder to get money for weed. Please God send a natural diaster and rid the world of these wicked, stinking parasites....

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