Trinidad declares limited State of Emergency

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Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister Trinidad and Tobago.
Trinidadian Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has declared a limited State of Emergency in hot spots across the country.
At a 15 minute news briefing at her Phillipine home at 8:00 p.m, she said the documents to effect the state of emergency -- a proclamation and regulations -- were already on their way to President George Maxwell Richards to be signed.
Mrs. Persad Bissessar said the decision was made "after much deliberation with the National Security Council and members of the Cabinet" in response to the "spate of murders over the past few days".
The State of Emergency will cover parts of the the capital Port of Spain, other areas in Trinidad and even Tobago.
Police patrols were increased in the Arima district following the brutal slaying of four men at a parlour in Jonestown, Mausica Lands, Arima, on Thursday night.
Between Saturday and Sunday seven more persons were killed in separate incidents across the country.
On Sunday, Opposition Leader, Dr Keith Rowley, called for talks between Government and Opposition to deal with the problem of gun violence.
Dr. Rowley said the apparent random shooting and mass killing of innocent bystanders in a public place (on Thursday) pointed to an alarming and terrifying escalation in the local violent crime situation.
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