A coalition of political parties, trade unions and civic groups is expected to gather from as early as midday today at Woodford Square, Port of Spain, for a mass rally against "the poor governance" of the People's Partnership.
While this march is a continuation of the People's National Movement's initial mobilisation against the Section 34 fiasco, this action was planned after round-table discussions facilitated by Movement for Social Justice leader David Abdulah.
Abdulah heeded the PNM's call in September and his party participated in the massive march against the Government. Abdulah expects more of the same today, but with additional support from the Joint Trade Union Movement, the Section 34 Group, the Highway Re-routers, Country First, Enough, Fixin' TnT and former attorney general Ramesh Lawrence-Maharaj.
"It will be foolhardy of the Government to ignore the demonstration tomorrow (today)," Abdulah said in a telephone interview.
He recalled that after the first march, National Security Minister Jack Warner made "several sarcastic" comments to him.
"He had said something to the effect that we could put 100,000 people in the streets and it wouldn't make a difference, but that was wrong on all counts as it was quite clear that the Prime Minister did take notice of the numbers because days after (former Justice minister Herbert ) Volney was gone.
"The Government cannot ignore what is going on on the ground," he said.
Opposition leader Dr Keith Rowley said "all right-thinking citizens" would not be fooled by the "spin and propaganda" of the Government.
"This is a Government of deception, Clause 34 is a brazen and choking example of that deception. The country's name is being tarnished. Tomorrow (today) we march, one day we will vote," he said.
The marchers will meet at Woodford Square on Abercromby Street, then proceed north along Abercromby Street, turn west onto Duke Street, south along St Vincent Street. They will then circle the Financial Complex, east along Independence Square, north along Henry Street, west along Gordon Street, south on St Vincent Street then east on Park Street, south on Frederick Street, west on Brian Lara Promenade to end on the Promenade.
The marchers will then be addressed by a representative from the Section 34 Group, a representative of the Re-Route Movement, Phillip Alexander from ENOUGH, Juliett Davy from Country First, Shiraz Khan of TUFA, Dr Kirk Meghoo of Democratic National Alliance, Lawrence-Maharaj, president general of the Oilfields Workers' Trade Union Ancel Roget, Rowley and Abdulah.