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Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar SC MP.

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says National Security Minister Stuart Young is weaponizing the variant COVID -19. In response to a press conference held by Minister Young earlier today, Persad-Bissesar stated that Minister Young offered nothing new, and attempted to satisfy his guilty conscience because his policy is not only discriminatory but foolish since foreigners have been entering the nation.

The following is a press release from the Opposition Leader:

It is totally shameful and insulting that the Minister of National Security is now weaponizing the variants of Covid-19 to create a shabby defence of his baseless and evil policy of blocking out citizens from this nation.

The people of our nation, especially the distraught family members of those abandoned outside of our borders are becoming tired of the repeated lies and insolent excuses of a Minister who continue to stand against the people of the nation he has sworn on oath to protect while he allows the exemption of big-time friends.

As a matter of fact, today’s press conference from Minister Young offered nothing new, and was just an attempt to satisfy his own guilty conscience because the reality is, his policy is not only discriminatory but foolish given that foreigners have been entering this nation.

It is ironic that Minister Young continues to speak on “understanding the science” in his press conferences but is not aware that the diplomats and workers of foreigners can spread the virus in the same way as the others which he described.

What is even more insulting is the attempts by Young to try to twist the international stories of the UK and Canada who have not blocked out their citizens, but they have restricted non-nationals. Stuart Young is the only Minister in the world to block his own people out.

We continue to call on the Minister to stop playing politics with this issue.