An independent investigation must be launched by the Prime Minister into the demolition of the campsite of the Highway Re-Route Movement, says Opposition MP Dr Amery Browne.
Browne also called for the immediate firing of National Security Minister Jack Warner who, on Wednesday, instructed the army and police to take the destructive action, as well as Junior Minister Collin Partap.
"The Prime Minister must immediately fire the National Security Minister and Minister of State and initiate an independent investigation into what many regard as a monstrous act of ministerial gangsterism and misconduct in public office.
"Her perceived fear of Minister Warner must now take second place to the legal and constitutional crisis into which he has plunged Trinidad and Tobago as the world looks on," said Browne in a release to the press yesterday.
The army and police, said Browne, were "misdirected" to be part of what he described as an "evil vendetta" carried out by "rogue Minister" Warner.
Browne said Warner was usurping his new ministerial powers to carry out a grudge against the protesters, who defied him when he was minister of works.
"The population would have been better served if those scenes of brutish demolition and arrest had occurred at a cocaine den as opposed to a peaceful protest camp, and one wonders how Minister Warner would have treated with someone like Mahatma Gandhi, who led protests of peaceful occupation," said Browne.
Browne insisted Warner abused his authority and had no right to commandeer uniformed services in such fashion.
"The minister clearly usurped the potential for the new Minister of Works, Emmanuel George, to engage meaningfully with the protest group; Minister George was not even given the chance to respond to a letter that was sent to him a few days ago by protest leader Mr Kublalsingh," said Browne.
Warner, he added, failed to consult with the National Security Council on this invasion and also apparently failed to consult with the Prime Minister herself.
"If Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar does not act now in removing Jack Warner, no one could be blamed for concluding that she is completely beholden to a man who is regarded by many as incapable of upholding even the notoriously low standards of FIFA.
"Jack Warner's recent appointment as Minister of National Security was a demonstration of the Prime Minister's weakness and unsound judgment," said Browne adding that immediate ac- tion from the Prime Minister is required now.