Political and social activist Umar Abdullah, following his release from police custody. (Image courtesy First Wave Movement/Facebook)

Acting Commissioner of Police Mc Donald Jacob has granted permission to Mr Umar Abdullah to host and observe “The Worldwide Rally to Freedom” carded for Saturday 22nd January, 2022 at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Portof- Spain.

According to a press release from the TTPS, although permission has been granted Public Health Regulations must be adhered to. According to the regulations the march should be organized in clusters of no more than ten persons and the total should not exceed 250 people. Also face coverings should be used.

The following is a press release from the TTPS:

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) would like to inform the public that permission has been granted by Acting Commissioner of Police Mc Donald Jacob for Mr Umar Abdullah to host and observe “The Worldwide Rally to Freedom” carded for Saturday 22nd January, 2022 at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Portof- Spain.

Mr Abdullah has confirmed receipt of the correspondence approving the aforementioned public march. Although permission has been granted for the public march, the Acting Commissioner would like to remind all persons that Trinidad and Tobago continues to battle against COVID-19, where 1,063 new cases were recorded yesterday.

As such the need to comply with Public Health [2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)] Regulations, 2022, where it is stated that the said public march should be no more than two hundred and fifty (250) persons in number, practicing social distancing and sanitization methods.

Additionally, the Acting CoP advises that there should be strict adherence to Regulation 3 of the Public Health [2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)] Regulations 2022 where there should be no gathering of persons in excess of ten (10) people.

Therefore, the public march should be organized in clusters of no more than ten (10) persons, the total not to exceed two hundred and fifty (250) persons. In addition, all persons in attendance are required to wear face masks, face shields or face coverings in a manner covering nose, mouth and chin, in compliance with Regulation 5 of the Public Health [2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV0] Regulations, 2022.

In this regard, police officers will be on site to ensure persons comply with law and regulations and are able to exercise their right in a safe environment.