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Businessman Michael Patrick Aboud, who was charged last year with firearm and drug possession, caused outrage on social media yesterday after posting that protesters in the United States were using the George Floyd police killing as an excuse “to do what comes natural” to them.

“Burning and looting is not protest for any good. They use the Floyd matter to do what comes natural. An excuse,” Aboud wrote on his Facebook page at 4.40 p.m. on Sunday.

Hundreds of commenters and those who shared the post deemed it racist.

Aboud subsequently removed the post. Responding to criticism on another Facebook user’s page, he said his post did not mention any race.

“I’m not dealing with a race issue in my post. I’m dealing with the destruction of lives and property,” he argued.

But this did little to assuage the flared tempers. Some commenters vowed to boycott any business Aboud and his family own.

“Shame on you Michael Patrick Aboud and all the others who ‘love’ your status,” one person commented.

“Here comes so-called prominent businessman in Trinidad Michael Patrick Aboud with his horrific words, about looting is natural to us people, but when you got locked up for firearms and drugs last year that wasn’t natural, right? Black people spend their money in your stores and you are a racist,” another stated.

Aboud could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Floyd, a 46-year-old African American, died after being arrested by police outside a shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25.

While Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on the city street during the arrest, a police officer kept his knee on the right side of Floyd’s neck for several minutes while two others restrained his legs and back.

One other officer stood guard as onlookers pleaded for his intervention.

During the ordeal, Floyd, who was unarmed, repeatedly exclaimed that he could not breathe. He subsequently died.


United National Congress (UNC) San Fernando West candidate Sean Sobers’ sub-office in Gulf View was yesterday vandalised with campaign posters and banners being torn and removed.

With three more days to go before Monday’s general election, a fight has broken out in the marginal seat of Barataria/San Juan over dustbins.

United National Congress (UNC) general election candidate Saddam Hosein has threatened to take legal action against the San Juan/Laventille Re­gional Corporation for removing several bins he placed in the constituency to assist in the prevention of littering and flooding.

Eight police officers have tested positive for Covid-19 over the last two weeks.

The latest two confirmations are officers who are attached to the St Clair Police Station and the Besson Street Police Station.

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Trinidad and Tobago has crossed 200.

Eleven additional people tested positive for the virus yesterday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 210.