Everything Related to the Steelpan Instrument and Music
On Saturday June 21st 2014, I attended the free Concert hosted by Pan Trinbago and the Deputy Mayor of the Port of Spain City Corporation [advertised in the Express Newspaper of June 17th on pg.44 – the final line of the article stated that the “public is invited”] in honour of the 83rd birthday of Steelpan Pioneer and Icon Anthony Williams at the St James Amphitheatre. I arrived at the show around 8.10 pm, greeted by the sweet sounds of White Oak Starlift. As I listened to Starlift, I greeted other friends and colleagues, among them, Owen Serrette, Past President of Pan Trinbago, a very respectable man and old family friend. I then walked around to see if my Pan buddies had arrived.
I was approached by Richard Forteau, Secretary and Keith Diaz, President [resplendent in African garb]. Richard Forteau in an intimidating tone addressed me saying “That’s the man!” to which Keith Diaz responded “Oh he is the man?!”
They both walked away from me and proceeded towards the entrance of the Amphitheatre. A short while after Allan Augustus, Trustee a.k.a. “Pablo” approached me in a very abusive manner, sticking his finger into my face saying, “You always writing terrible things about Pan Trinbago on When Steel Talks, for that, you must leave this function now!”
Allan “Pablo” Augustus, with his hands all over me, then proceeded to push, bully and physically assault me out of the St. James Amphitheatre, with his stated threat, “if I see you anywhere and at any Pan Trinbago function again, I will beat you up.”
I said nothing to Allan “Pablo” Augustus during this ordeal, as I realized then, the possible consequences of being there all alone. I calmly left the scene and walked into the St. James Police Station, located one building away from the Amphitheatre, making a report of the entire incident to the Police.
PC Telesford then suggested that we both take a walk back into the Amphitheatre where the incident happened, and after walking among the patrons for a while, Allan “Pablo” Augustus could not be seen or found.
We then returned to the station where an official report was written up on the matter and I was provided with my receipt [Citizen Report Receipt # A 037132, St James Police Station – Assault].
Summary Offences Act 11:02 clearly states that such actions as stated above, the persons involved can be prosecuted.
This is the second police report in as many months I have made in relation to these threats as an ordinary citizen of our Republic. All I do is write information in my articles as a Pan supporter/lover. My conscience is clear. You bully, assault and intimidate citizens of our country when they criticize and write the truth as they see it?
Why must members of the present Executive deny citizens of their right to freedom of speech?
My only hope is that one day we in Trinidad and Tobago can be proud of a world class Pan Organization that is reflective of a properly managed 21st century model.
Several questions can be raised arising from this incident!
 Does the behaviour reported above represent dignified conduct for any Executive Member who represents our nation under the umbrella of “World Governing Body for the Steelpan?”
 Is it right for any executive of the Pan body (at State expense) to be bullying and intimidating ordinary citizens of our Republic, for asking simple, direct questions of how our Trinidad and Tobago Tax dollars (not your personal money) are dispersed, spent on Pan culture and accounted for?
 Do they also believe that the outstanding payment of the 2013 Festival Prize Money to steel bands [now owing for over seven (7) months], despite the huge profits made from Panorama 2013 & 2014, that the “World Governing Body of the Steelpan” would earn world respect?
 Can the current Executive members truly claim to be “defenders of the Steelpan and the Pan Players of our land”?
I would like the present executive, especially Allan “Pablo” Augustus to know that I will never be intimidated, bullied or threatened into submission by them.
I am a law abiding citizen of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and I am entitled to all rights under our Republican Constitution.
I love the Steelpan, our national Instrument, and most of all I love my country and I am prepared to die for it.
Proud citizen of Trinidad and Tobago.
It is sad to say my friend but these people see you as one of the people that want to stop the gravy train. My advice to you is do not go amongst them alone. Monkey still know which tree to climb.
The love and pride for the arts in tnt has gone down the drain, gangstas of all ages is running things,step back, and let them run over each other.
Bertel I am very sorry to hear that you were subject to this gangsta behavior. This is truly a sad day for Trinidad and Tobago and Pan. Prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and the Minister of the Arts and Multiculturalism: Dr. Lincoln Douglas need to make a strong statement about this. Pan Trinbago is a government agency. This incident reflects very badly on them. They are supporters of Pan Trinbago. Trinidad is already viewed as a out of controlled gangsta paradise. What next?
Like badjohn days come back.
Do you remember this headline a few weeks ago Cecil?
Minister of the Arts and Multiculturalism Dr Lincoln Douglas has challenged the executive of Pan Trinbago to prove to the world that their organisation is “The World Governing Body for Pan -- Trinidad Express
So now we get the proof on a world stage with everybody watching. Embarrassing!
Carnival 2014 DOUGLAS AND DIAZ felt cool about having the pool panorama, this is Tnt, the lifeguard drunk and everyone in the pool drunk,4 at the bottom of the pool, thats when their story will change.
How can this Ministry write any STRONG statement when their behaviour is a mirror reflection of the government itself, do ou even live in T&T? Because if you do you will know that the ministers are all hatefilled aggressive bullying intimidating and THREATENS the nation each and every day
It looks like the executive of PT is in a panic mode, with the court ruling coming next week they could be faced with having to call an election, they don't like what they are seeing at the end of the tunnel.
WST Website is Strong, "Pablo" recognized that and therefore we at WST will continue to give support to the Oppressed who are being bullied by the Oppressors,