Dr Wayne Kublalsingh, on his way to the Siparia Magistrates' Court today.
PHOTO by DAVE PERSAD
$10,000 bail for Kublalsingh
...to reappear in court tomorrow
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Environmental activist and head of the Highway Re-Route Movement, Dr Wayne Kublalsingh, was arrested this morning as workers attempted to resume construction of the Debe to Mon Desir segment of the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin.
Kublalsingh was charged with assault, resisting arrest and obstructing police in the course of their duties.
He appeared before a Justice of the Peace in the Siparia Magistrates' Court shortly after 3 p.m. and was granted own bail of $10,000. He will reappear in court tomorrow.
Kublalsingh had led a group of protesters to the proposed construction site of the Mon Desir interchange.
Resident Fazila Ali told the Express "This morning we came here because we heard they were going to start work on the site. We gathered at our camp and the workers were at (Construtora) OAS camp. Then we saw about 15 police officers, so we knew something was happening." Ali said the officers kept vigil as a backhoe operator entered the machine.
"When the driver went inside the backhoe, we walked over and stood in front of the vehicle. We formed a human barricade and refused to move. The driver got out and left and we returned to our camp. A few minutes later he (the driver) went inside the backhoe again and we went in front of it again," she said.
Ali said the officers began pushing them from the pathway of the backhoe. "They were rough and pushing the women. There were no female officers. Then they held Dr Kublalsingh by the arms and pulled him away, he was fighting back. Then they arrested him and took him away in the vehicle," she said.
Kublalsingh is detained at the Fyzabad police station, and charged with the offences by Sergeant Anderson Parriman.