Highway protester warned of possible arrest

PORT OF SPAIN — Envitonmental activist Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh was yesterday warned that he could face arrest today should people congregate without permission from the authorities outside the Office of the Prime Minister in St. Clair.

Kublalsingh last week resumed a daily “peaceful” protest against the Debe to Mon Desir section of the Pt Fortin Highway extension outside the office of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

The activist has since last week hinted that supporters and members of the Highway Re-Route Movement may gather outside Persad-Bissessar’s office today, not at his behest but of their own accord.

No applications to protest or march have been made, Kublalsingh said last week and yesterday, adding that he is powerless to stop people who may want to support the cause.

This is not holding with the police, who yesterday politely but firmly informed Kublalsingh that he will be held liable for any illegal gatherings outside the PM’s office.

Kublalsingh has since last year led the HRM, a group of residents who are asking the State to use an alternative route for that segment of the highway extension to Point Fortin. Most of the members of the group are families who stand to be re-located to make room for the highway.

Some do not want to be moved from their properties, which they say have passed through generations, while others claim they are not being shown that they will be adequately compensated. (Express)

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