THE Highway Re-Route Movement demolished its own camp yesterday, out of "pride", and to avoid it being torn down by the authorities.
The camp was built to replace the once demolished last Wednesday by police and soldiers acting on the instructions and under the supervision of National Security Minister Jack Warner.
Warner had promised on Saturday to repeat the action if the new camp in Debe was the path of the San Fernando to Point Fortin Highway.
The following day, he said, the eviction was the responsibility of the of Commissioner of Police Dwayne Gibbs.
Yesterday, the group's leader, environmentalist Dr Wayne Kublalsingh, initially refused to budge unless proper legal documents were shown regarding who owned the land on which the camp was built.
Later in the day, he said: "It's an atrocity to be facing a Government where we have exercised and exhausted all diplomatic avenues. And it is an atrocity again waiting for them to come and demolish a camp. I don't think we should be waiting. As members of the public we have some pride and we will do what we have to do before they come."
He said after waiting for hours to be given the notice, the group's members and himself decided to get rid of the camp themselves.
However, two more camps will be established, one in Debe on private lands in the path of the highway, and one tomorrow outside the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain.
Kublalsingh said the new protest camp at Gandhi Village Junction, Debe, was on land belonging to group member Elizabeth Rambharose.
"There are a number of places of interest where we could go to move our camp. A camp is a conceptual thing. It does not have to be material or concrete. As long as we can highlight our issues and show the people of Trinidad and Tobago the wrong that is being committed against innocent empowered communities," Kublalsingh said.
Rambharose said, "I think the Government know they are wrong and they are afraid of us educating the public. And that is the reason why they want us to move from here. We are not violent people and we just want to educate the people as to why we want the highway to be re-routed. And if we go Port of Spain it will be better because we will have more people to educate there and a wider community. We feel confident that we will win this fight."