United National Congress supporters enjoyed tents and a big viewing screen that was set up at the International Waterfront Centre just outside Parliament on Wrightson Road in Port of Spain yesterday.
The walkway leading to the back entrance of the Parliament building was cordoned off and a police presence kept the supporters behind the lines as ministers gathered nearby, meeting and greeting with the people.
Four buses — from Fyzabad, Siparia, Penal and San Fernando — brought the groups of supporters who wanted to show their allegiance to the Government during yesterday's parliamentary debate of the motion of censure brought by the Opposition against Attorney General Anand Ramlogan.
Police vehicles with riot gear and several from the Mounted Branch were on standby, even as a line of policemen stood between the supporters and the Government Ministers.
"Leave Mr Anand and Jack alone," some shouted, referring to Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and Security Minister Jack Warner.
Ramlogan and Warner, who stood nearby chatting with the full UNC Ministerial complement, soon walked over to talk with the supporters.
"This derails the parliamentary agenda," Ramlogan said.
Ramlogan said he was not concerned about the motion of censure brought against him by Opposition leader Dr Keith Rowley, but saw it as an attempt to divert the Government from the "good work it was doing".
"We have a package of land reform legislation which has implications for the people in Tobago, that is what I was working on until two this morning. This is an absolute waste of parliamentary time," he said.
Ramlogan said this PNM-driven action would only "boomerang and backfire" against the PNM.
Ramlogan and the UNC also found support from members of the Spiritual Baptist community from Morvant. The group beat drums and chanted under one of the tents, calling for strength for Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Ramlogan.
"We are here to support the Prime Minister and Ramlogan. We don't have a name, we are from different communities," one woman said.
The Prime Minister arrived at 1.30 p.m. and she too spent some time meeting the supporters and shaking hands before the UNC group entered the back entrance of the Parliament building.