Remembering the 1990 Coup Attempt


    “Every citizen should be concerned that for such a significant event, there is no official commemoration nor is there an official list of all the casualties. The Office of the President has searched widely but in vain.”

    On this day 29 years ago, members of the Jamaat Al Muslimeen led by Yasin Abu Bakr entered the Parliament Chamber in the historic Red House in Port of Spain, in an attempt to overthrow the Government.

    They also took control of the TTT transmitter on Cumberland Hill, thus taking the station off the air.

    The ordeal dragged on for six days, and led to the death of 24 people, including Diego Martin Central MP Leo Des Vignes.

    Then Prime Minister A.N.R.Robinson was also wounded, but in the end, his Government did not fall.

    And while there was widespread looting and arson in Port of Spain and other parts of the East–West Corridor, the remainder of the country was calm.

    29 years later, there are still questions as to whether or not T&T has learned from this incident.

    The event’s anniversary is usually unmarked, aside from media reports, and the names of all the victims are not readily known.

    Even President Paula-Mae Weekes has questioned the apparent lack of commemoration, in her message to mark the occasion.

    Excerpt from Her Excellency's Message to the Nation on the 29th Anniversary of the attempted coup: "The fact that some…

    Posted by The Office of the President of the Republic of T&T on Friday, July 26, 2019

    The only physical monument remains the Eternal Flame, which burns outside the Red House.

    What has been burned into many memories however, are the now unforgettable images and video from the events of those days.


    (103FM does not own the rights to the above imagery and footage)