The twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago the land of Carnival is celebrating its 52nd Anniversary of Independence from Britain with Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar asking citizens to embrace change.
Trinidad and Tobago gained its independence from Britain on August 31, 1962.
In her message to the nation, the Prime Minister said Independence allows an opportunity to embrace change and pointed to the Government’s recent proposals towards Constitutional reform.
“As citizens of an independent, democratic nation we have the responsibility to ensure that in the practice of our democracy, each and every citizen holds the right to determine how they are governed and by whom. We cannot allow fear and intimidation to impede the progress of our Nation,” she added.
Let us together make this 52nd Independence Anniversary a celebration which signalled the dawn of a new stewardship of our great nation,” she said.
Meanwhile, opposition leader Dr. Keith Rowley has urged the nation to reflect on the journey since Independence.