Planned protests to disrupt today's first day of school by blocking all major roads leading out to Point Fortin, La Brea and Fyzabad have been averted by police.
Police officers conducting road checks
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith coordinated an exercise involving scores of police officers in specific areas where disruptive protests were planned. From as early as 3 am, officers set up several patrols in the targeted communities, forcing the protesters to abandon their plans.
However, in Princes Town parents of pupils attending the Princes Town Presbyterian No 1 and 2 schools are gearing up for a press conference at noon today.
There was a smooth flow of traffic coming out of the peninsula although Trinmar workers continued erecting flags in anticipation of a mass mobilisation meeting with the Oilfield Workers' Trade Union. Traffic also flowed into the southern city of San Fernando, with minor pile-ups at the Gulf View Link Road, SS Erin Road and Cross Crossing Interchange.
The T&T Guardian will bring you more on the turnout of pupils at schools later today.