Sport Minister Anil Roberts and the ganja video provided ample fodder for thousands of protesters as they marched through downtown Port of Spain yesterday.
In fact, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s name-calling took second place to Roberts’. As expected in an anti-Government march, the protesters demanded “Kamla must go”.
The march—which, by police estimates, numbered about 20,000 participants—was organised by the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM).
Outside the Sport Ministry on Abercromby Street, about 200 Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) trade unionists sang “Anil in the office hiding/He smoking a piece of weed.”
On Oxford Street, another group of People’s National Movement (PNM) protesters in red T-shirts chanted “Kamla: Grey Goose” and “Anil: weed.” Inside, the employees pressed their noses against glass doors and looked on at the passing parade. Protesters openly demonstrated the manner in which the man in the video smoked his spliff (vernacular for ganja).
Delicately balancing his huge cardboard cigarette, Joshua Daniel blew into it. At intervals, he yelled “Whaaaaat?”
Gales of laughter swept across the atmosphere, as people applauded the street theatre as Roberts was made the Friday bobolee.
Led by Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley and JTUM leader/president of the Oilfields’ Workers’ Trade Union Ancel Roget, the march highlighted issues ranging from poor governance to prison litigation, crime, Watson Duke and the Public Services Association’s shutting down of the Immigration office at Frederick Street and the Petrotrin oil spill in La Brea on December 17.
Among the trade unions represented were the Banking, Insurance and General Workers’ Union, the Transport Industrial Workers’ Union and the PSA.