Monday, February 19, 2018

Environmentalist: Drips keeping me alive


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Environmental activist Dr Wayne Kublalsingh yesterday said he only took intravenous fluid over the weekend in order to live to continue his hunger strike .

Kublalsingh was admitted to the St Clair Medical Centre last Friday night and discharged on Saturday.

Kublalsingh said yesterday he had "gone past the need for food" but would continue "taking drips" for his family.

"My family would crash, the Highway Re-Route Movement would crash and I promised them that I would sustain the body as long as I can. When it begins to fail, my family takes over," he said.

He said he did not consider the IV fluids food or water and still believed that he has not broken his hunger strike even after receiving IV fluids.

"I had said that if my body could not cope with the pressures of the hunger strike, then I would give my body over to my family and that is what I did. So on Friday last, I could not take it anymore. I felt very sick. I was going to collapse and they took me to the hospital and gave me drips," he said.

Kublalsingh received dextrose with potassium and saline fluids intravenously.

He did not only speak about his health issues yesterday but took the time to blast current politicians including Congress of the People (COP) leader Prakash Ramadhar and Minister of National Security Jack Warner.

Kublalsingh called for an integrated political party that would represent all aspects of the local culture.

"It cannot be Africans and East Indian, we are more complex than that, we have more history than that and our Parliament needs to reflect that," Kublalsingh said.

He took a shot at Ramadhar, expressing his disappointment in his leadership.

"Prakash Ramadhar is a dead man. He has taken new politics from the auspicious hands of Lloyd Best and Winston Dookeran and he has buried it dead. He is a dead man, he is living for nothing," Kublalsingh said.

Kublalsingh also labelled Warner a "virus"on the body of politics.

"One of the biggest virus here is a man called Jack Warner. He infiltrated our body of politics and is taking it like Hitler down the road and we are following him," he said.

Kublalsingh found support for his stance in People's National Movement Member of Parliament for Point Fortin, Paula Gopee-Scoon, who visited with him yesterday.

"He is not a terrorist so I don't see that there should be a problem. He is an activist, an environmentalist and I think the Government ought to listen to him at least one last rounds," Gopee-Scoon said.

Gopee-Scoon said she was surprised at the heavy police presence at what has been a peaceful silent protest thus far.

"This is a very brutal approach to solving this issue, very high handed and this is the very Government that told us that they were a Government of the people," she said.

"The Prime Minister in my mind is very, very hard, very brutal. It would be a difficult thing to think that this (the highway) was at the hands of someone who died for this cause. It would always remain a difficult issue," she said.

"The Prime Minister, I think, should concede to this meeting... where all of the views of the persons are exposed and then as the Prime Minister make a decision that is in the national interest," she said.

Former prime minister Basdeo Panday also commented on the number of police officers and their actions yesterday.

"It is a high-handed approach by this Government to demonstrate its power," he said.