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Trinidad PM still opposes gambling

16 October 2006

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO -- As reported by Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday: "Prime Minister Patrick Manning yesterday told protesting private members clubs and casino workers that Government stands firm on its opposition against casinos and casino-type establishments and the local gaming industry will be restructured so it complies with the law.

"Prior to speaking with Manning, the club owners said Government should take any information it had about gaming establishments being involved in money laundering, to the police.

"Under the watchful eyes of the police, nearly 1,000 private members clubs and casino workers assembled outside Whitehall around 9 am to protest Manning's anti-gambling statements in his October 4 Budget presentation in Parliament.

"Many of them, wearing 'PNM voter' shirts shouted chants of 'no work, no vote' as they demanded an audience with Manning and for Government to protect their jobs. The Prime Minister arrived at Whitehall around noon and briefly met with the workers..."

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