T&T’s Ambassador to the OAS, Anthony Phillip Spencer

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“Our nationals in Washington DC are safe.”

This was the assurance of Trinidad and Tobago Ambassador to Washington and the Organisation of American States Anthony Phillip Spencer yesterday following the protests at Capitol Hill yesterday.

“We are all safe, our families are safe and we now are focused on looking out that other members of our diaspora community themselves are also doing well,” said the Ambassador in a phone interview yesterday.

He described yesterday’s events, which eventually saw the US Capitol placed on a 12-hour curfew from 6 pm yesterday to 6 am today as extraordinary.

“The mood is reflective of events that have really been extraordinary. So there is by and large, a recognition by just about everyone at all levels of society that this is not a usual event. It is very exceptional. And so I don’t have to tell anyone what is reported already. But by and large, folks have been trying to come to terms with what has transpired,” he said.

“They focused on seeing how one stays safe, ensuring that we look out for each other particularly you know here in Washington DC, and the DC Maryland, Virginia area we have quite a large community of our own nationals and citizens here in the diaspora. So we have been reaching out to them, they have been reaching out to us and by and large I have also sent a message out to the Trinidad and Tobago diaspora associations network.”

“I know in Trinidad we are all concerned we are expressing and extending our thoughtful and prayerful solidarity and support,” he said.

The ambassador, however, said it was too soon to say if the situation in Washington would normalise by today.

“I think by and large we are all looking forward to some type of return to normalcy overnight. There is no immediate sign that is achieved so I can’t predict what will happen. But that is the outlook but we continue to await the further decision from the mayor and the DC government concerning the curfew that is in effect now.”