Even though the TTPS has refused to grant permission for planned motorcades, sporadic protests have continued in various parts of the country under the noses of the police.
The latest protests took place on Thursday afternoon in the constituency of Princes Town MP Barry Padarath who highlighted deplorable roads and land slippages in the St Julien region.
Padarath said there were over 12 major landslips that were undermining homes and this has prompted unrest.
He said hundreds of people were affected because the slippages had damaged waterlines, houses and roads.
Calling on Works Minister Rohan Sinanan to send in his geotechnical team to investigate the cause of the slippages, Padarath said, “By next week Minister we will be at your doorstep.”
He added, “People who spent their entire livelihoods building their homes are now at risk of losing everything.” He noted that the road infrastructure was collapsing.
“This landslip is 10 feet down and the water line is totally exposed. We are seeing damages to the roads, so Mr Minister when we are finished at the Ministries of Works, we will go to the Public Utilities Ministry,” Padarath vowed.
He added, ” This is the responsibility of the Central Government and not the regional corporation. These problems require real solutions. You have hundreds of residents living in St Julien’s road and there were almost 12 major landslips that are undermining the homes of people in St Julien.”
During the protests, constituents held placards calling for the removal of Sinanan and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.
This has been one of several protests held in various parts of South Trinidad since last month. Villages of Rio Claro, Mayaro, Moruga, St Mary’s, Barrackpore, Manahambre, Mamoral, Debe, Fyzabad, Claxton Bay, Penal and various parts of Naparima have erupted with fiery protests. The protests have been labelled the October Revolution by the Opposition.
Meanwhile, the Scrap Iron Dealers Association (TTSIDA) complained that it had been denied permission twice to hold a motorcade to highlight social justice issues last month.
Movement for Social Justice political leader David Abdulah had also applied for permission to have a motorcade from the Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba to the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain.
However, the police said no permission had been granted for any motorcade. The association in response said it was holding talks with senior police officers to have them reconsider this position.
On Wednesday, police confronted and dispersed five protesters outside the Red House saying they had no permission to demonstrate.
In a release, the TTPS said “Currently, Trinidad and Tobago remains under a State of Emergency, governed by Emergency Powers Regulations 2021 which states that there be no gathering of persons in excess of ten. As such, no requests for permission for any form of protests were approved.”
Under Section 107 of Summary Offences Act Chap 11:02 a public march is defined as “any march or procession in a public place comprising whether wholly or partly pedestrians, vehicles however propelled or drawn, or bicycles however propelled.
Efforts to contact Deputy Commissioner McDonald Jacob for comment proved futile.