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As a weakened Dr Wayne Kublalsingh enters the
19th day of his hunger strike today, some members
of the public and civil society groups are promising
their continued support for a man who they
described as "a towering warrior" and "simply bril-
On Thursday the signatures of 29 civil society
groups backing Kublalsingh s Highway Re-route
Movement (HRM) delivered a letter to the Office of
the Prime Minister, imploring PM Kamla Persad-
Bissessar to resolve her Government s impasse with
Kublalsingh intends to continue his hunger strike
until he receives a response from Persad-Bissessar
on a new proposed route for the Debe to Mon Desir
section of the $7.5 billion Solomon Hochoy Highway
The proposal is a main road with connecting roads
to the highway.
However, Persad-Bissessar has refused to budge.
She said the matter was in the hands of lawyers and
it would be inappropriate to discuss.
Sunday Guardian spoke with some prominent peo-
ple who are in solidarity with Kublalsingh.
Minshall: It's frightening
Veteran masman Peter Minshall has thrown his
support behind Kublalsingh. He said it was frightening
when our leaders abuse our environment and the
integrity of our people purely to fill their purse.
"That is frightening. It is abominable. We trusted
you. You were our new hope on the horizon. This
country has suffered serial rape over the last 50 years.
This whole thing has become horrible, repugnant
and repulsive, and it just does not make sense to
mash up a lagoon and mountain. We are addicted
to money...and if you are addicted to power, it does
Minshall said one thing he has learned from free-
dom fighter Mahatma Gandhi is never apologise for
being correct or being years ahead of your time.
"If you are right and you know it, speak your mind
even if you are the minority of one."
He said in our midst "we have a towering warrior,
his name is Kublalsingh. When I look at Kublalsingh,
I see those ideals incarnate. He is the avatar of love,
truth, beauty and integrity amongst us. He is prepared
to die for what he believes in. I give you Gandhi and
I give you Wayne with the
He said, "If this thing
ends tragically, the whole
country will carry a stain
and a dark cloud will befall
"We have all been too quiet, too frighten, and too
subject to the propaganda to get together and say
Abdulah: PM hiding behind
petticoat of the court
Political leader of the Movement for Social Justice
David Abdulah said his organisation and the HRM
share the same principle of integrity, and it was for
this reason he started supporting Kublalsingh in 2012.
Abdulah said he does not believe that Persad-
Bissessar s hands are tied on the matter and that she
could come to some sort of resolution.
"She is trying to hide behind the petticoat of the
court. A matter can be before the court but parties
can meet and arrive at an agreement. There are
avenues for dialogue."
He said if Kublalsingh should die, the psyche of
our people will change.
"Our politics will not be the same either."
Farmer: I will do everything to
ensure that Kublalsingh does not die
Rosanna Farmer, the director of an environmental
project, said she was drawn to the HRM because of
Kublalsingh s brilliance and strong will.
"Knowing his level of integrity...those are things
that got me involved."
Having fought against the establishment of the
aluminium smelter in 2006 with Kublalsingh, Farmer
said she joined the fight with the HRM on the sixth
day of Kublalsingh s first hunger strike. She continues
to be at his side up to this day.
"He has courage that I have never known. Wayne
is a blessed human being and a gift to the nation
because there is no one that I know who would do
what he is doing. To survive this long is incredible,"
KUBLALSINGH FAST---DAY 19
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Bishop Claude Berke-
ley and Archbishop
Joseph Harris are inviting
the nation to pray over
the next 48 hours that
God may move hearts
and minds to act accord-
ing to His will in the best
interest of all.
The heads of the Angli-
can and Roman Catholic
diocese were comment-
ing on the hunger strike
being undertaken by Dr
They said they were
hoping that compassion,
and finesse brings calm
to the stressful situation
involving Kublalsingh and
According to Berkeley
and Harris, the firm re-
solve of the captains in-
volved has been
established, and they
salute the ability to make
and take difficult deci-
They said the first
hunger strike led to a
commission and a report
"which many agree is a
work of value for the
present and of hope for
The religious leaders
are hoping that the pres-
ent impasse can lead to
yet another step forward
in our journey as a nation.
The release said,
"Demonstrable duties of
care do not usually go un-
noticed on the world's
stage. The greatness of
our human actions is
best manifest when we
are able to act in ways
which truly deny our-
selves and benefit others
as we serve the common
good. May such great-
ness be shown in this sit-
RC, Anglican heads:
Pray over the next 48 hours
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Bishop Claude Berkeley
MSJ leader David Abdulah
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