members of the Highway Re-route Movement staged a sit-in protest
outside Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s St Clair office
yesterday, the PM was not there to receive a letter they brought for
The weekly Cabinet meeting has been taking place at the PM’s St
Clair Avenue office in the last few months. But yesterday it was
“re-routed” to the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann’s instead.
for the Office of the Prime Minister said the decision had nothing to do
with the protest. He said it had been decided since Wednesday to hold
the Cabinet session at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann’s and they were
unaware of any protest being held outside the St Clair office.
pointed out that yesterday was the first session of the new, larger
Protest leader Dr Wayne Kublalsingh, who led the sit-in outside the St
Clair office, however, said: “We’ll be staying here until 4 pm and we’ll
be back tomorrow (today). “If there is one message to send to the Prime
Minister, we’d like to say: Please listen to the people, Ma’am.”
Kublalsingh said the camp which was rooted out of its Debe site by army
and police officers on Wednesday would be moving to Port-of-Spain.
group began a peaceful protest yesterday morning on the pavement a few
feet away from the entrance to the PM’s office.
Initially, there were
about 20 people, but other people, including union activists, arrived
after 10 am.
There was no visible police presence early in the morning although a
state helicopter flew overhead around 8.30 am.
The women of the group
sat silently on plastic sheeting on the pavement.
Kublalsingh said they
had begun fasting in support of their calls for the Pt Fortin Highway
to be re-routed. Members are also concerned about National Security
Minister Jack Warner’s move to lead a security detail which evicted them
from the site on Wednesday.
Among members was COP activist Nalini Dial,
who bore a large sign stating: “Insensitive, Uncaring, Cold-hearted,
Reckless, Disgusting! Warner is a Disgrace!”