Viewing of Max’s body …”THE DAY THE CITY STOPPED”

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The city of Port-of-Spain stopped functioning for a time on Monday morning.

There was a traffic gridlock. It was caused by the procession for the late President George Maxwell Richards.

The public had been warned that there would be traffic restrictions, but despite this, traffic piled up on all sides.

From as early as 7.30 am, traffic piled up as Richards’ body was placed on a gun carriage outside the old Fire Brigade Station on Abercromby Street.

The military escort took the body north along Abercromby Street, east along Knox Street, south along Frederick Street and Broadway, west along South Quay, and west onto Wrightson Road to the Parliament building.

By 9.30, the procession was over and traffic flowed again.

At the Parliament building, the body lay in state as officials and members of the public got the chance to view. Among those were passed by were acting President Christine Kangaloo, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, Chief Justice Ivor Archie, and Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

The public view continues on Tuesday at NAPA in Port-of-Spain.
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House Speaker Brigid Annisette-George and Chief Justice Ivor Archie
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Kamla Persad-Bissessar with Dr Jean Ramjohn-Richards and daughter Maxine.
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Soldiers carry Max’s body 
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The procession at the end of Frederick Street.


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