Former 1990 attempted coup hostage Wendell Eversley, completed the Tobago leg of his annual commemoration of the July 27, 1990 insurrection yesterday by walking from the ANR Robinson International Airport to the gravesite of the former President and Prime Minister ANR Robinson at Bacolet.
Eversley was joined by Chief Secretary Ancil Dennis at the gravesite where he laid a wreath to highlight the role Robinson played and the significance of the event in the country’s history. He said he continues to undertake the activity as he believes that more should be done to remember the people who lost their lives during the ordeal.
“It was my first day in Parliament and I was used as a human shield and watching Lauren Baborello bleed out and die in front of my eyes and not being able to assist her.”
He said more should be done to teach students not only about the significance of the position taken and the sacrifice made by Robinson in defence of democracy.
“Today I felt really embarrassed when a twenty-year-old female who attended one of the prestigious schools in Scarborough said she knows nothing about July 27, 1990.”
Eversley tearfully commended the Chief Secretary for being the first holder of that office to join him in commemorating the legacy of ANR Robinson, as he carried on the tradition for 31 years because he felt that he was alone in his efforts.
“Kamla Persad Bissessar called for a Commission of Enquiry and why is it today I have to be taking this up thirty-one years now. I want to quit but we must recognize our history.”
Chief Secretary Ancil Dennis who congratulated Eversley for his tireless commitment said he was three years old at the time of the attempted coup. He agreed that “more should be done to amend the school curriculum to include local history especially in the field of politics.”
Eversley called on Tobagonians to do more to celebrate and remember the contribution of ANR Robinson as he said he has been continuously asking several administrations to do more to highlight the significance of the insurrection. He highlighted several instanced where millions of dollars were allegedly misspent by the governments throughout the years yet “they refuse to spend $500 on a wreath for Mr Robinson.”
He called on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to host a similar wreath-laying exercise in Trinidad next week where he will walk from Arima to Port-of-Spain.