On this day, July 27th. 1990, a group of militants, under the leadership of the head of a Black Muslim group took over our Parliament, the main local tv station, and held our country to ransom. Many lives were lost and many buildings in our capital city and elsewhere, including a police station were burnt beyond recognition. There was widespread looting and our homeland was in chaos.
The first time I visited our capital after that event and saw the destruction, witnessed the heavily armed members of the defence forces patrolling, and smelt the smoke that seemed to permeate the air for miles around, I cried like a baby.
Now twenty seven years later, that same individual has issued a statement warning that the same thing could happen again, cause for great worry.
My beautiful island has been going through difficult times and I pray for better days.
May God bless our nation.
News clip from the evening of July 27th, 1990