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Warner heckled at Carapichaima meeting
UNC, ILP clash
Confusion erupted on Thursday night
as Independent Liberal Party (ILP) sup-
porters and United National Congress
(UNC) supporters confronted each other
during an ILP meeting in Carapichaima.
During the meeting, held at Orange
Valley Road, Carapichaima, a group of
about ten people gathered opposite the
tents, shouting "Go make yuh jail!" at
ILP leader Jack Warner. A music truck
loaded with speakers and blaring one of
the People s Partnership s (PP) theme
songs, "Sign of a Victory," also cruised
by the meeting about half a dozen times,
prompting an outburst from ILP deputy
political leader Sunil Ramjitsingh.
Ramjitsingh, who was named as the
candidate for the Couva North con-
stituency at the end of the meeting by
Warner, condemned the driver of the
truck, hinting that he was being paid by
a UNC official.
His outburst prompted several party
supporters to leave the tents under which
the meeting was being held and attempt
to stop the truck. One ILP supporter,
who identified himself as a Mr Mendez,
ran out into the roadway and began walk-
ing toward the truck which was parked
a short distance away from the tents.
However, as he approached the truck,
the driver drove off. Several people also
gathered opposite the tents and heckled
Warner and Ramjitsingh while they were
"Go make yuh jail!" one elderly man
shouted. "We don t want yuh here!" One
woman cupped her hands around her
mouth and shouted "Yuh ungrateful!"
throughout Warner s speech. However,
when this reporter attempted to speak
to the pair, the man walked away and
his female companion refused to speak.
The jeers during Warner s address
became too much for Ramjitsingh, who
approached the group and told the elderly
man, "Yuh bringing yourself so low for
them?" Ramjitsingh, armed with a cam-
era, tried to take a picture of the man,
who bolted off, leaving Ramjitsingh to
chase after him. The man then came
back and began arguing with Ramjitsingh
and Mendez, who told the group to go
home. Addressing party supporters,
Warner dismissed the shouts and jeers,
saying, "Pay no attention to them, they
have nothing better to do."
Referring to his extradition hearing in
the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court ear-
lier that day, he said the PP Government
was desperate to see him go to jail. "You
could imagine they send ten lawyers just
to ask for an adjournment?
"What madness is that?" he asked.
"They spent $2m to file for an adjourn-
ment that one lawyer could have done."
Pointing to one of his young supporters,
he said, "You just leave law school last
week and I sure you could have done
that on your own. That is the action of
a desperate Government. They want to
get Jack Warner out. They want to see
Jack Warner in jail."
had been enthusiastic though some who were
clearly observers stood across the road from
the meeting. Supporters could easily have
been mistaken for a Congress of the People s
traditional Diego Martin support base of sev-
eral years aback.
Chairs placed outside the Bottlestop com-
pound were full. Standing room only with a
cluster of people on the narrow strip of the
Several maxi taxis brought youths from
parts of Diego Martin West, and Independent
Diego Martin West candidate Phillip Alexander
posed happily with them. Others brought
Guest artiste Militant s entertainment
brought TFM leaders---including Dyer-Griffith
and Hamel-Smith---to their feet swaying J Ou-
vert morning style, to the beat.
When Dyer-Griffith urged the crowd to
rebel against political norms, a woman in the
gathering yelled "UNC!" Immediately after-
ward, a man s voice was heard, "Rebel against
But some TFM-ers also had words for some
of their former PP colleagues. " Party Done"---
apparently that s the COP s theme song,
quipped former COP member, Joe Pires.
Pires was exuberant about the crowd s size.
It was announced that former COP-er Robert
Mayers and NAR s Selby Wilson were present
along with analyst Derek Ramsamooj.
Speaking to the T&T Guardian after, Mayers
said, "I went to observe and left early...I m
not going with TFM, I m in civil withdraw-
al---I ent doing nothing with nobody."
Ramsamooj told the T&T Guardian the
people present at the TFM s meeting seemed
to be remnants of the NAR type supporters.
While small in number, he said, there was
public sentiment supporting the need for the
PNM and PP to expand their politics.
He said the election was a straight PNM-
UNC fight and a COP-TFM fight for the
undecideds and if the PNM s "stand alone"
stance changed, for instance, it would be an
admission that the PNM had gotten institu-
Supporters of the Third Force Movement during the party's first public political meeting at Maraval
on Wednesday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Jabs at Kamla at TFM rally
She appeared sorely disappointed. The
woman in the black T-shirt and red pants,
standing among the audience at the Third
Force Movement s (TFM) meeting in
Boissiere, Maraval, on Wednesday, had at
first seemed quite interested.
But as speakers wore on, she became agi-
tated and made audible comments during
speakers presentations, her main theme being
"Get rid of Kamla, we want to get rid of
She wasn t quite heckler status, but she
interjected questions on how the TFM would
achieve the things being stated on the platform
"with Kamla" around. She shouted "Not
UNC" when Alliance of Independents political
leader Nicole Dyer-Griffith said the TFM was
open to engaging all parties.
When Dyer-Griffith spoke about the unde-
cideds, the woman also declared, "We decide
we doh want Kamla..."
But by the end of the various addresses,
she was fretting, wondering how the TFM
would achieve its focus without "getting rid
The woman was gone when TFM chairman
Timothy Hamel-Smith finally ended the
meeting, saying, "May the force be with you."
The rest of the TFM s audience, however,
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