Sunday, January 21, 2018

PNM flag attracts a bucket of rubbish

Louis Castillo displays a pigtail bucket which was dumped in his car filled with garbage on Sunday night. (inset) are coconut shells and other debris in the passenger seat of Castillo's vehicle. -Photos: DEXTER PHILIP

Louis Castillo, a staunch supporter of the People's National Movement (PNM), said he was politically victimised on Sunday night for displaying a party flag inside his vehicle.

Castillo, of Rio Claro, was attending a wake along the Naparima/Mayaro Road when he said a man and woman accosted him.

The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) supervisor said he was insulted for showing support to the Government.

And as he walked away, Castillo said, the man picked up a pigtail bucket filled with garbage and threw it inside his Nissan Cefiro car.

The garbage, he said, was placed on the roadside by another resident who expected it to go to the dump.

Instead, the cans, bottles and coconut shells were dumped on the front passenger seat, near the flag. The bucket was flung on the back seat.

Castillo said, “I feel intimidated. I must be able to express myself in this country. I had nothing to do with these people. Everybody knows my car with the PNM flag.  I should be able to express myself without people harassing me.”

He said the flag is attached to the hood of the car daily and removed at 6pm.

Castillo, 50, said when he arrived at the wake at around 8.30p.m. he noticed the couple standing on the roadway.

“But I did not pay attention to them because I was there for a wake, not them. I parked on the roadway and my window was down. Then someone pointed me to the man walking around the car. I didn't think it was the flag he was looking at. Then he just throw the garbage in the car,” he said.

Castillo reported the incident to the Princes Town police.

He also secured closed circuit camera footage from nearby houses.

Castillo said, “I believe in this country people should be able to support whoever they want and be free to do so. But I am not standing down. I am not going to be afraid of anyone.”

The PNM flag was back up and waving the following morning.