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Trinidad shuts down in protest at violence

Businesses and schools across Trinidad were shut down yesterday in a protest against soaring crime rates and a spate of high-profile kidnappings that have propelled the twin-island republic up the international league table of crime hotspots. The Foreign Office has issued a warning to tourists travelling to the island as it gears up for carnival – the biggest in the Caribbean – and the cricket world cup beginning in March. In central and south Trinidad people stayed away from work, in some areas affecting 95% of the country’s booming economy, according to local reports. The capital, Port of Spain, was relatively unaffected. Full Story

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