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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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Kublalsingh arrested in Mon Desir protest
Police thwarted the efforts of the Highway Re-route Movement to stop work on the Debe to Mon Desir leg of the Point Fortin highway by arresting its leader, Dr Wayne Kublalsingh. At around 3.45 pm yesterday, Kublalsingh was brought to the Siparia Magistrates Court on charges of obstructing a police officer and resisting arrest. At that time neither magistrate was present and Kublalsingh was granted $10,000 own bail by Justice of the Peace Mary Phillip.
He was ordered to appear before a Siparia magistrate today when the charges will be officially read to him. According to his sister, attorney Judy Kublalsingh, police were also considering charging him with assaulting a police officer. The drama unfolded around 11 am, yesterday when OAS Construtora workers at Mon Desir started their machinery, when members of the movement formed a human barricade around a bulldozer for the second time in three days.
Although police were at the site, the operator returned to the OAS camp site. Minutes later, vanloads of heavily-armed policemen flooded the camp and allowed the operator to begin work. The protesters again tried to block the bulldozer but this time Kublalsingh was arrested. The officers then formed their own human barricade, forcing protesters back onto the roadway. Speaking outside the court yesterday, Judy Kublalsingh said her brother was arrested on lands belonging to private citizens.
She said: “I think the point has to be made very clearly that this is really an inequitable use of the resources of the State and a state-sanctioned force to trample the rights of private citizens of this country. “We have to remember that Wayne was arrested here on private lands belonging to a private citizen of this country, people who have not given permission to the State to come in there and to raid their lands.
“The Government has taken this action notwithstanding the fact that compensation issues were not settled...notwithstanding the fact that you have a substantive High Court action which seeks to determine that very issue as to the constitutionality of the actions of the Government in proceeding with the segment of the highway.
“Notwithstanding the fact, thirdly, that you have an injunction filed by the Highway Re-route Movement seeking to stop construction of this section, pending the hearing of that High Court action and that matter is in court for hearing on October 18.
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