Sunday, February 25, 2018

Protest over notice to leave Salvatori

About 35 small business proprietors took up position outside Parliament last evening to protest a notice from the Port of Spain City Corporation which said they had to leave Salvatori Building, Port of Spain, by Sunday. They also said the incomes about 150 people will be affected since they had not got definitive word on their relocation from Port of Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee or Minister of Housing and Urban Development Roodal Moonilal.

They staged their protest a short distance from where a group of about 15 activists, including Constitution Reform Committee member Merle Hodge, had gathered to protest over the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014, which was being debated in the Senate at the International Waterfront Centre. Yesterday was a stark contrast to the chaos of Tuesday. Not a single protester nor the riot police were in sight. Instead, pairs of policemen were positioned at different points along the perimeter.

President of Fixin T&T Kirk Waithe headed into the Parliament Chamber to listen to the debate. On Wednesday he had attempted to pacify the angry protesters who clashed with the riot police over the directive to move from in front of Parliament. Around 6 p.m., Hodge and her group took up their positions. Several members of the group felt the debate would continue long into the night. A few protesters from Fixin T&T said they were using a “strategy” which they did not wish to divul­ge.