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While yesterday marked the second
anniversary of the end of his 2012 hunger
strike and 21 days since the beginning of
his second, environmental activist Dr Wayne
Kublalsingh said there would be "no retreat"
by the Highway Re-route Movement (HRM).
His remark came hours after his sister
Judy, in a television interview, revealed that
his family had asked him to call off the strike.
Kublalsingh's spirits were high yesterday
as he spoke to the media on the HRM's efforts
to meet with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar on an alternative route for the Debe
to Mon Desir section of the $7 billion Solomon
Hochoy Highway extension.
He said he didn't really care about the
ambulance or drips and that he just needed
to continue fighting the fight.
"We can't back back because in important
times in our history we have backed back,
we have just retreated and it is not a time
for retreat. It is time for going forward,"
He said he felt much better yesterday, had
a clear mind about what needed to be done
and was more positive about the idea of vic-
tory, adding the victory would be for the
people and the Government.
Kublalsingh said in 2012 his first hunger
strike ended with a minor victory when the
People's Partnership Government agreed to
the appointment of the Armstrong Com-
mittee to review the highway proposal.
"Now, we have nothing. We have two doc-
uments before the Prime Minister, which are
the Armstrong report and the Optimum Con-
nectivity Plan. So far we have, in terms of
diplomacy, achieved nothing," he said.
But he said he felt great that the HRM had
the support of many of the churches in the
country as well as individuals, like veteran
masman Peter Minshall.
"We have people in civil society and ordi-
nary people standing up for us. I feel confident
that some sort of mediation must occur.
"People are understanding our cause more
and I think the ground is shifting under the
Government and now is the time for them
to move on this matter," he added.
Kublalsingh said his hunger strike was no
longer just about the highway but about
democratising the country.
"If we go to court and we win that won't
solve the issue. If the Government wins that
would not solve the issue," he noted.
Kublalsingh said the issue could only be
solved through an exchange between a people
and its government.
"I am prepared for everything at this time.
It is going to be a rough ride from this point
but I am prepared for it mentally and phys-
ically and committed to it spiritually and we
will face whatever consequences that we have
to," Kublalsingh said.
Masman Peter Minshall sent this drawing of High-
way Re-route Movement protester Dr Wayne
Kublalsingh to the media, accompanied by an expla-
The drawing is entitled: An Encircling of Vultures in
Feathers and Beads.
Minshall wrote: "This is an allegory. It alludes to things
and places and states of mind and being without attempting
to making forthright statements or draw definitive con-
clusions. Predator lies with victim.
"They nest together. The flesh of each is the other.
With marks made by the tip of a pencil on paper to create
a picture, a single embroidery emerges, a tapestry of life,
love, greed, power, death and resurrection.
"This is not a cartoon. It is a serious contemplation on
the most tragic of times in our island history. It is not
by chance played out as a Carnival of feathers and beads.
"Everything island is so ephemeral. But the dark stain
and stench of these days of dread and treachery will last
well beyond the lives of those who now experience them.
The heroes and villains of these events will become leg-
Addressing the editors of the daily newspapers, Minshall
went on: "I ask you to print this allegory full size, as pre-
sented, with all its secrets and mysteries, so that our
people may at least bear witness, consciously, even as our
angels dance with our demons before our very eyes."
Kublalsingh defiant after 21 days of hunger:
No retreat Church heads appeal again
The head of the Anglican Church in T&T
Bishop Clyde Berkeley and Roman Catholic
Archbishop Joseph Harris yesterday again unit-
ed in a call for mediation in the ongoing dispute
between the HRM and the Government.
In a joint statement yesterday, they proposed
an urgent process of mediation and said they
had identified two eminently qualified and
respectable citizens who were willing to facil-
itate the process for the greater good of all.
They said: "As we urged in our first state-
ment, we invite both sides in this conflict to
take two steps towards each other by entering
the open door to this mediation process. The
mediation process can be started immediately,
once both agree.
"Come, let us reason together. The call to
prayer remains in effect, as we seek God's
good and gracious will for us all as a nation.
May God bless our nation."
The church leaders said as the hunger strike
"waged war" on the Kublalsingh's body, the
anxiety levels and causes for concern rose
across the nation.
"The various media reports indicate mixed
views but the tone reflects a wounded Trini
spirit, hopefully not fatally.
"As we continue to appeal on humanitarian
grounds for a meeting of minds on the issues,
which now command international attention,
we appeal to that which is noble, sensitive and
powerful among us," they said.
...Minshall moved to draw
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