Funeral service road restrictions and short biography on Arthur NR Robinson

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Trinidad and Tobago press release

Here are some Traffic Restriction regarding the funeral arrangements for the late Arthur NR Robinson, Former President of Trinidad and Tobago.

Traffic Advisory (Trinidad) for the State Funeral for the late Arthur NR Robinson.

The following traffic restrictions have been implemented by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for the State Funeral of the late Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson SC, OCC, TC -Former President and Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

ROADS CLOSED 
1. Tuesday 29th April, 2014 from 6:00am to 8:00am:
• Tragarete Road between St. Vincent Street and Dundonald Street.
2. Wednesday 30th April, 2014 from 5:00am to 6:00am:
• Tragarete Road between St. Vincent Street and Dundonald Street.
3. Thursday 1st May, 2014:
(a) From 6:00am to 8:00am:
• Tragarete Road between St. Vincent Street and Dundonald Street.
(b) From 7:30am to 9:00am:
• Frederick Street between Queen’s Park West and Knox Street

NO PARKING 
1. Tuesday 29th April, 2014, from 5:00am to 8:00am, and Wednesday 30th April, 2014 from 5:00am to 8:00am:
(a) Tragarete Road between St. Vincent Street and Dundonald Street,
(b) St. Vincent Street between Tragarete Road and Independence Square South,
(c) Independence Square South between St. Vincent Street and Wrightson Road,
(d) Wrightson Road between Independence Square South to Dock Road,
(e) Dock Road.
(f) Richmond Street between Tragarete Road and Independence Square South.

2. Thursday 1st May, 2014 from 5:00am to 4:00pm:
(a) Tragarete Road between St. Vincent Street and Dundonald Street,
(b) St. Vincent Street between Tragarete Road and Independence Square South,
(c) Independence Square North between St. Vincent Street and Chacon Street,
(d) Abercromby Street between Independence Square North and Duke Street,
(e) Knox Street,
(f) Frederick Street,
(g) Broadway,
(h) Eastern Main Road between South Quay and Citrus Growers Association Intersection.

Removal of vehicles unlawfully parked
Without prejudice to any other liability incurred by the commission of a summary oence, vehicles found parked in contravention of this Order may be removed by the Police and impounded and dealt with in accordance with Section 108(1)(b) of the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act.

Drivers are asked to comply with the directions given by police officers and traffic wardens who will be on duty for this occasion.

Arthur NR Robinson

Here is a brief Biography and information on Mr ANR Robinson.

He was born 16th December 1926  at a Tobago Hospital to mother Isabella and father James Robinson. He was the first active politician to be elected to the Presidency in Trinidad and Tobago. He was a founding member of the current opposition party People’s National Movement, which was the first official party of the country. He also served in the parliament of the West Indies Federation between 1958 and 1960 before moving on to form his own political party in 1970’s named  Action Committee of Dedicated Citizens (ACDC)

During his tenure as President Mr Robinson, sparked controversy when he refused to appoint some Senators who were recommended by the then Prime Minister Basdeo Panday, following the elections in 2000 and in 2001 when he appointed the Leader of the Opposition Patrick Manning to the position of Prime Minister after a tied election. 

During the 1990 coup attempt by the Jamaat al Muslimeen, Robinson and much of his cabinet members were held hostage for six days by gunmen under the leadership of Yasin Abu Bakr.

Those days were scary for citizens as gun shots, fire and smoke filled the atmosphere of the capital city of Port of Spain. Citizens were alerted of the insurrection during the 7 pm news casting held on 27th July 1990. Jamat members stormed the local television station Trinidad and Tobago Television (TTT), which was the only station in operation at the time and announced that they were taking over. The capital city was in a complete mess, as frantic citizens took to the streets and began breaking into stores and looting. Many innocent persons lost their lives during this time.

The country was thrown into a State of Emergency and the Army was now in control. Arthur NR Robinson came to the rescue of citizens with his now historical words. When members of the Jamaat al Muslimeen instructed him to order the army to stop firing on the Red House, where they were held hostage, Robinson instead instructed them to “attack with full force,” an action that earned him a beating from his captors. He was also a shot in his leg.

Mr Robinson past away on 9th April 2014 at St Clair Medical Center after years of various illnesses. 

 

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