Prakash: People free to protest
Prakash Ramadhar, leader of the Congress of the People (COP), said yesterday he couldn't say anything more to bring "comfort" to people who are still dissatisfied over Government's actions in the wake of the Section 34 affair.
Speaking at the post-Cabinet news conference at the Prime Minister's office in St Clair, Ramadhar was questioned about today's march organised by the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM), People's National Movement (PNM) and a number of civil society organisations which have taken the position that they would only be satisfied if Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and Minister of National Security Jack Warner are removed from the Cabinet.
The COP has in the past called for Warner's removal as a Cabinet minister.
This is the second march being organised in protest over the Section 34 fiasco. The first one took place in September and a number of prominent COP members such as former vice-chairman Vernon De Lima had joined the marchers.
Ramadhar said he was not informed that any senior COP people would be formally joining today's march, but people were free to do so.
"I have said a whole lot on this issue. There is nothing more that I can add to the debate to bring any comfort... other than what I have already said."
On the persistence of calls for more to be done, he said: "The Prime Minister acted in a manner that was never before seen. The confidentiality of Cabinet (discussions), the veil of it had been lifted. There was a consequence to it (the firing of former justice minister Herbert Volney). "Others are free to express their dissatisfaction of that. But I cannot add to what they do. All I can say is that the COP has spoken about this matter and we have laid ourselves bare on the matter."