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Discussions with advertising
agencies over a recent set of
controversial ads from a group
known as Citizens 4D Highway
are ongoing, says T&T Pub-
lishers and Broadcasters Asso-
ciation (TTPBA) president
Daren Lee Sing.
Lee Sing, who met with
media stakeholders and mem-
bers of the Advertising Agencies
Association on Tuesday, said the
parties would meet for a second
time next Wednesday, after
which it was expected that a
guiding document of advertising
standards would be completed.
Lee Sing, who previously
raised concerns over the inability
to properly identify the group
Citizens 4D Highway, said Tues-
day s meeting was thorough and
"All the relevant parties gath-
ered to discuss and look at the
issues regarding the relationship
between advertising and the
media, such as legislation,
advertising standards and
defamation," he added.
He said issues raised included
concerns over the identity of
people behind Citizens 4D
Highway and how to get proper
redress on behalf of the public.
"It was a positive meeting.
We are all seeking to serve the
public," he noted.
Lee Sing also said the TTPBA
placed "firm trust" in the three
editors-in-chief of the daily
newspapers and their editorial
perspectives in discerning what
should be placed in the news-
"We all agree that they were
objective in the matter," he said.
Citizens 4D Highway has
continued to produce online ads
calling for "freedom from the
press" and a few days ago it
posted two photos of protesters
with tape over their mouths
standing outside the offices of
the Express and the Newsday
Newsday s editor-in-chief
Jones P Madeira said he was
aware that a few protesters had
gathered outside the newspa-
per s Chacon Street office last
"People are free to express
themselves. We have our stan-
dards and we apply them,"
Express staff also confirmed
that a group of about 30 people
with tape blocking their mouths
held a silent protest outside the
newspaper s Independence
Square building last week.
Either the Government accept the
process as outlined in the Armstrong
Report or accept the optimum con-
nectivity proposal alternative to the
Debe to Mon Desir Highway or face
the irreparable harm or death of leader
of the Highway Re-Route Movement
(HRM) Dr Wayne Kublalsingh.
This was the position taken by
Kublalsingh in another bid to bring res-
olution to the controversial Debe to
Mon Desir portion of the extension of
the Solomon Hochoy Highway to Point
He completed Day 50 of his second
hunger strike yesterday.
The environmentalist said that was
not an ultimatum to Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar but rather an
analysis by the HRM on the matter.
He warned if he were to die there
would be "myriad and widespread"
social, political and psychological
Asked what he hoped to achieve by
that Kublalsingh said he still hoped
there would be mediation.
"All we could do is just hope, wait
and I have to continue to try. I am
absolutely positive now that they would
be thinking about the situation.
"All I can do is offer them my prayers
so they could find the best way forward
for the country," Kublalsingh added.
In a statement yesterday Kublalsingh
said the Government, after three years
of vicious attacks on the HRM and its
principles had failed to defeat the move-
He said its money, rhetoric, power,
violence and propaganda have
boomeranged towards it at every turn
and knocked it from the moral high
He added: "The Government has
attempted to make us into the Jews of
Nazi Germany; select persons, unbe-
coming of the dignity of their party,
have acted as storm-troopers to harass,
demoralise and denigrate.
"Thank God our cosmopolitan
Trinidad and Tobago has risen up and
supported us. The Government is now
a minority force in this battle and is in
a lose, lose, lose situation. It must medi-
ate to save itself."
He said he had no problem to die as
that was a decision he had already
On his health he said he felt very
strong spiritually, especially since he
was visited by a RC priest who prayed
with him for a lengthy period yester-
The activist said over the past three
years public office holders have launched
a systematic pattern of abuse against
members of the HRM and other citizens
of Debe to Mon Desir. See Page A6
DAY 50 OF HUNGER STRIKE
Wayne still hoping
'My death will bring social impacts'
Leader of the Highway Re-Route Movement Dr Wayne Kublalsingh at his home in D'Abadie yesterday on the 50th
day of his hunger strike. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
• Physical violence and threats,
using intimidation, threats, police,
army and weapons and police
• Attempts to bribe and cajole
citizens to accept relocation and
• Use of personal attacks and
propaganda to vilify and deliberate
distort the HRM's message.
• The use of CEPEP and partisan
individuals to attempt to intimidate
citizens and HRM members at
meetings and press conferences.
• Stonewalling, prevarication and
procrastination to treat with
• Failure to sincerely comply with
assurances given to the HRM and
the denial of such assurances.
• Wilful neglect of HRM's letters
and offers to meet.
• Disrespectful attitude to
citizens and HRM members at
private meetings with officials,
including sarcasm, irony, anger
• Possible illegal influence of
persons in public and private
institutions to attack and distort
the HRM's advocacy and deny fair
• The overall bad handling of
• Use of prevarication and
procrastination in the legal
process, while expediting works in
• Lack of transparency and
accountability involving possible
instances of white collar
Saying that all these issues had
led to an escalation and
prolonging of the impasse
Kublalsingh added: "Owing to the
fact that our citizens and
members have refused to relent
and have acted with restraint
under the above abuses the
Government has now backed
itself into a corner and narrowed
their range of choices.
"The Highway Re-Route
Movement is expectant that the
leaders of Government will now
accept the long-expressed calls
for transparency, accountability
and for a process of tripartite
mediation to begin," he added.
Members of the HRM have
been rallying supporters as they
prepare to gather outside the
Waterfront Complex, Port-of-
Spain when Parliament
Spokesman Satu Ramcharan
said several civil society groups
have also expressed interest in
coming out in their numbers to
She added it was a pity Persad-
Bissessar had taken no steps to
Some HRM members staged a
small, silent gathering outside the
office of President Anthony
Carmona yesterday to show their
solidarity for Kublalsingh.
Members of the Project 40
movement, who have also pledged
their support to the HRM, are also
expected to be outside Parliament
Point Fortin resident Daniel
George, who was the 24th person
to take part in a 24-hour "relay
fast" yesterday, said he wanted to
be part of a cause which fought
for good governance.
"That is what I think should
motivate any real concerned citizen
of T&T. Now that people are getting
the correct information through this
cause I think it would make a great
impact," George added.
KUBLALSINGH'S CLAIMS OF ABUSE INCLUDE:
PROTEST OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT
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