A CONFRONTATION is expected to take place today, as the Highway Re-Route Movement intends to rebuild a camp in the vicinity of the Debe market despite warnings from National Security Minister Jack Warner that any structure they construct will be demolished.
In a controversial move less than 24 hours after his appointment as National Security Minister, Warner ordered and oversaw the demolition of the Highway Re-Route Movement's camp.
An army camp was built in its place.
Following the demolition of their camp on Wednesday morning, members of the Movement set up camp on the pavement outside the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair and staged two consecutive days of prayer and fasting which ended yesterday.
The camp was organised in an effort to secure a meeting between Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and the women of the Movement. They were unsuccessful.
Dr Wayne Kublalsingh, leader of the Highway Re-Route Movement, yesterday said the group will not be deterred.
"We now go to Debe and bright and early (this) morning I welcome Mr Warner and the army and all the media to come with us. We are going to erect another camp next to the Debe market and if they want to mash it up, go ahead, but we are going to build camp, after camp, after camp and we are going to launch action, action, action until this government relents and stops the Debe to Mon Desir section of the highway because it is an atrocity, it is too costly, it is destructive," Kublalsingh said.
While Warner yesterday promised to destroy the protester's camp within 24 hours of its erection, Kublalsingh said he does not think either Warner or the soldiers will intervene today.
"I think we are going to rebuild the camp. I think Mr Warner will not be there. I think the army will not be there and it will be a prosperous camp," Kublalsingh said yesterday.
"I do not think there will be any kind of military intervention. I do not think there will be any intervention on the part of Mr Warner. It is going to be a community camp, and it is going to be a prosperous camp and it is going to survive and be as progressive as the community that it includes that is a peaceful area, it is a sacred area the people down there do not even burn tyres (to protest). That is the atmosphere we want to engender and cultivate that Mr Warner himself will get used to," he said.
"You do not go in there take up people tree, take up an altar and destroy it. If you do that we will rebuild it. That is how we are, we are persistent, religious, peaceful people. That is the kind of people we are, and he needs to come down to the ground and meet the people and be like them," Kublalsingh said.
The second and final day of the Movement's prayer and fasting outside the Office of the Prime Minister started just after 8 a.m. yesterday with prayers, the reading of scriptures and the singing of hymns.
A banner with the words "God is making a way" was placed behind the Movement's members.
The members of the Movement also distributed pamphlets entitled "Like Sacrificial Lambs" which outlined their cause.
The St Clair camp site was yesterday visited twice by police officers.
On the first occasion, the officers advised the protesters to ensure pedestrian traffic on the pavement was not obstructed.
On the second occasion, the officers told the protesters they must ensure the pamphlets they were distributing had the name of the publisher and printer.
Like the first day, the camp was yesterday visited by "persons of influence".
Former president of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers' Association, Trevor Oliver, yesterday visited the site and chastised Warner for demolishing the protester's campsite on Wednesday.
"I want to call for the immediate resignation of Mr Warner because this what he did was an atrocious act, a very atrocious act," he said.
Former United National Congress (UNC) member of parliament Mickela Panday also slammed Warner for his action.
"I hurt for them (the protesters), for Trinidad and Tobago, for democracy, for human rights, for civil liberties. I was pained to see what happened," Panday said.