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Samad: It's a lost cause

By Gyasi Gonzales

ACTIVIST Ishmael Samad was taken to Port of Spain General Hospital where he was treated for some of the slight injuries he received yesterday when he attempted to make a citizen's arrest of hunger striker and Highway Re-Route Movement leader, Dr Wayne Kublalsingh.

Samad walked up to Kublalsingh where he was lying outside the Prime Minister's Office in St Clair and told him he was going to arrest him for attempted suicide.

But Kublalsingh's supporters quickly came to his defence and Samad was shuffled away before the police intervened.

Speaking to the Express last night, Samad, who was not arrested by the police, said: "He (Kublalsingh) is putting the whole damn country under stress so I thought I would pick him up bodily because I wanted to take him away. I wanted him to break that fast, but the way I was bushwhacked I had to thank the police for saving my skin."

Samad said he began forming the idea last week after watching weeks of Kublalsingh's hunger strike, which he said tortured him.

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