Protesters ‘had no choice’

Relatives and friends of young mother Hadeey Paul and her daughters Ruthie and Shakira react after they set fire to tyres and debris on the Beetham Highway at Sea Lots, east Port-of-Spain yesterday.
Relatives and friends of young mother Hadeey Paul and her daughters Ruthie and Shakira react after they set fire to tyres and debris on the Beetham Highway at Sea Lots, east Port-of-Spain yesterday.

PORT OF SPAIN — Sea Lots residents yesterday admitted their decision to block the Beetham Highway, in Port of Spain, which left thousands of people in gridlock traffic heading into the city, was their only means to plead for a fair investigation and a walkover in the aftermath of Sunday triple fatality.

Their action prompted National Security Minister Jack Warner, acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams and Deputy Commissioner Mervyn Richardson to visit them yesterday in an attempt to dissuade them from protesting and promising no cover-up in the investigation against an off-duty police officer accused of killing three people.

“I have come here today to share your pain and to make sure that what happened here is given the attention and investigation it deserves. Everything shall be done to investigate this matter as fully as possible and quickly as possible,” said Warner.

Warner also promised that the government will take care of the funeral expenses and expenses for the wake.

Warner said nothing they can do will bring back the lives lost on Sunday but, “I have spoken to the Minister of Works and Infrastructure and he has assured me that his technical officers shall look into the possibility of putting that walk-over that you have asked for”.

For those that survived the accident, Warner assured that they will be given the best health-care possible and that if specialists needed to be flown in, they will.

“We cannot make the situation worse,” said Warner.

“We have to investigate it and to make sure that the investigation is above board and you have asked for the walk-over and I’m quite sure this walk-over is something that should have been put there a long time ago, but why it wasn’t put in place I don’t know but the fact is it has to be put quickly,” said Warner. (Express)

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