Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 2nd 2013 Contents Jamaican reggae artist Sizzla Kalonji waves a T&T flag as
he acknowledges the country's Independence Day
celebrations at the Good Life Music Festival at the Hasely
Crawford Stadium training ground, Mucurapo, on Saturday
night. Most of the artistes at the concert sang conscious
lyrics and pleaded with the nation's youths to put down the
guns and show more love to each other.
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On Friday, Persad-
Bissessar also made
a point that detrac-
tors should put away
selfish desires and
that most of the
wanted the highway
When asked to
address the assertion
that many people
supported the highway, Kublalsingh said a judge
now needs to decide that.
"We are saying it s tremendously destructive,
she is saying it s good for us...the State still has
to prove the viability of that leg of the highway,"
Kublalsingh was also emphatic that Persad-
Bissessar had not in fact, up to this point, read
the report and its findings.
"She hasn t read it," he said, adding if she had
she would see that the highway could not proceed
until a number of studies were done and "until
a number of illegalities by the State were recti-
Kublalsingh also reiterated that the PM needed
to keep her promise to them that she would abide
by the decision of the court.
"As an officer of the court, she needs to clearly
understand that this matter is before the court
and she did promise, in a public statement, to
abide by the decision of the courts."
He said he intended to continue his protest
outside her office during the week from 9.30 am
to 4 pm, and Persad-Bissessar could feel free to
visit him during those hours.
"She could meet me any time at these hours
if she is genuinely interested in a meeting of
minds on the matter," he said.
Kublalsingh has been camping outside the
Office of the Prime Minister in protest against
the National Infrastructure and Development s
Corporation s recent announcement that it
planned to go ahead with the Debe to Mon Desir
leg of the highway although the matter was before
However, no work has actually started since
Kublalsingh began his latest protest action.
State yet to prove
viability of highway
Police were forced to keep a
presence at Beetham Gardens,
Laventille, last night, to quell
further possible protests from
residents over the shooting death
of Christopher Greaves.
Greaves, 25, died at the Port-
of-Spain General Hospital last
evening after he was shot by police
earlier in the day.
In response to his death, res-
idents staged fiery protests along
the Eastern Main Road and
Beetham Highway, claiming the
police could have saved his life if
they had allowed residents to assist
him immediately after he was
At one stage yesterday, police
and the residents were involved
in a cat-and-mouse game. Soon
after police cleared debris from
the roadway, residents returned
to pile more, creating a traffic jam
in the process.
The police eventually diverted
traffic to the Priority Bus Route
to ensure the safety of motorists.
As is often the case with such
shooting incidents, there are two
sides to yesterday s story.
The residents claimed that
Greaves, of Fifth Street, had gone
to a parlour on Third Street around
4.45 pm to buy a snack for one
of his children.
However, while on his way
there, residents claimed officers
on patrol in the community
allegedly opened fire on him.
Greaves reportedly ran a short dis-
tance before collapsing in a nearby
Residents claimed, however,
that the police did not allow them
to give any assistance to Greaves,
as he lay bleeding on the ground
and crying for help for almost half
Eventually, the police picked
Greaves up and took him to the
hospital, where he was pro-
nounced dead on arrival.
Residents last night demanded
justice, saying Greaves had no
According to the police, how-
ever, around 4.45 pm, Greaves
was walking on Third Street when
officers on patrol noticed he had
a firearm in his possession.
The officers challenged him and
Greaves opened fire on the police.
The police returned fire and
Greaves was shot. The officers
said they eventually took Greaves
An hour later, residents staged
a protest by throwing garbage and
debris on the Beetham Highway.
Senior officers at the scene said
many attempts were made to
remove the debris, but residents
kept putting more debris back
each time it was cleared.
As a result of this, officers said
motorists were diverted to PBR
and Eastern Main Road for their
Investigations are continuing.
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