KUBLALSINGH ARRESTED AGAIN
LEADER of the Highway Re Route Movement Dr Wayne Kublalsingh
was arrested for a second time this afternoon.
Kublalsingh was taken into custody after he refused to move out of the way of an excavator clearing land near Mon Desir, Delhi Road, Fyzabad, for the construction of the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin.
Eight other protesters were also led away from the construction site, but were not detained. The Express was told that Kublalsingh will be charged with resisting arrest and obstruction.
The arrest was at around 2 p.m. On Wednesday, police arrested Kublalsingh on a highway construction site nearthe Mon Desir Interchange, and charged him with obstructing police officers in the course of their duties, assault and resisting arrest.
He appeared before Siparia Magistrate Taramatie Ramdass on Thursday, pleaded not guilty to all charges and was granted $10,000 bail. When he left court, Kublalsingh immediately returned to the protest site.
There was a stand off between Kublalsingh, officials of OAS Construtora and police officers this afternoon. At around 2 p.m, Kublalsingh was approached by a police officer. The group, sitting in the path of an excavator, was told that they would have to move or face arrest.
Kublalsingh asked the police officer if he was aware that the protesters were on private land. The officer said he did not have that information, and was only doing his job, which was to clear the path for the earth mover.
The officer again advised the protesters to move, but was told by Kublalsingh that he would be making a big mistake if he arrested someone on private property. The officer left, conferred with OAS Construtora officials and returned with more police officers.
Members of the media were advised to stand back and the protesters were held by the arms and escorted from the area. Among the group was the couple claiming ownership of the land. "Come an you all move me from my own land?" the woman screamed.
Kublalsingh was lifted bodily and carted off. He was placed in an OAS Construtora vehicle and taken away.