Trinidad and Tobago mayor to resign. Mayor’s decision comes after human rights protests
Port-of-Spain Mayor in Trinidad and Tobago, Raymond Tim Kee has recently announced that he plans to resign over his recent controversial comments about women.
His decision comes one day after scores of concerned citizens and human rights activists staged a protest at Woodford Square in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago calling for him to resign over comments he made on discovery of Japanese pannist Asami Nagakiya’s body at the Queen’s Park Savannah on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.
Mayor Tim Kee said he deeply regretted the consequences of the statements and apologised unreservedly to those who had been affected.
On Wednesday during a news conference at City Hall, the Mayor Tim Kee was questioned about the discovery of an unidentified female masquerader. Later that night she was identified by police as pannist Asami Nagakiya.
Tim Kee’s response to reporters at the news conference was that women did not need to behave in a vulgar and lewd manner to enjoy themselves during Carnival.
He said, “I spoke of some of the things that I see women do, assisted by men, of course, but the woman has the responsibility that they ensure that they are not abused. You can enjoy Carnival without going through that routine.”
Tim Kee added that women needed to maintain a level of dignity during Carnival festivities.
Following his statements which created outrage on social media and among different civil society groups, Tim Kee issued a statement on Thursday apologising, saying his statements were taken out of context.
But it’s not the first time the mayor has made such remarks about women’s behaviour during Carnival.
In 2014, speaking to reporters at the Downtown Carnival judging point in South Quay, the mayor said, “I see some women do some things with some men—nothing for the imagination, you can’t do that.”