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The scene outside Parliament yes-
terday resembled a circus, with gov-
ernment ministers attempting daring
feats as they attempted to weave
through hordes of PNM supporters,
musicians in yellow T-shirts beating
out rhythms on tassa drums and sno
cone and candy vendors selling
Outside the Parliament building,
police placed metal barriers in a rec-
tangle, keeping the hundreds of people,
most wearing either red or yellow cloth-
ing, several metres away from the
Government and Opposition sup-
porters spilled onto Wrightson Road,
holding placards, as distracted drivers
slowed down to watch, causing traffic
to move slowly on both sides of the
The crowd was split down the mid-
dle, with the colour of their clothing
and messages on their placards marking
the dividing line. At the point where
yellow clashed against red, people
ignored each other.
The groups behaved similarly, cheer-
ing when their party officials walked
past and booing when members of the
other political party appeared.
The only difference was that the
PNM cheers and jeers were noticeably
Although the PNM supporters tried
to form a chain, around Tower D, as
instructed by Opposition Leader Dr
Keith Rowley, their efforts were disor-
Chants of "We want election now"
mixed with chants of "Kamla!" Voices
shouting "Anil must go," was followed
by "We love Kamla," as each group tried
to get their voices heard.
Union members who had gathered
away from the party supporters were
Three schoolboys were
granted $25,000 bail yesterday
for allegedly robbing a school-
mate at their school.
The boys, aged 14 and 15,
Form Three students of St
Benedict s College, appeared
before San Fernando magistrate
They pleaded not guilty to
robbery with violence.
The alleged incident took
place on Thursday at the school
in La Romaine. They are
accused of robbing the victim
The magistrate said parents
must talk to their children and
check their bags before they
leave for school.
Defence attorney Raoul Syne
said the boys were first-time
offenders and not enemies to
He said no useful purpose
would be served by denying
them bail and remanding them
to the Youth Training Centre in
Arouca. The prosecution did
not object to bail.
The students were granted
bail in the care of their parents.
The matter was adjourned to
Arima police are investigating
the drowning of a 41-year-old
woman, who they believed suf-
fered an epileptic seizure and col-
lapsed in a bucket of water at her
Police said around 10.30 pm on
Thursday 49-year-old Simon
Pickerin, who also suffers from
epilepsy, was at Ideal Hardware on
Cocorite Road, Arima, when he
asked Lystra Charles for a bucket
Pickerin told police after some
time he got tired of waiting, went
to see what was the hold-up and
called out to Charles.
He got no response, so he and
a neighbour went into Charles
house and found her in her bath-
room with her head in a bucket of
water and her body sprawled on
The neighbour, a fireman, tele-
phoned the emergency health serv-
ices but they were unable to revive
her. Police have so far ruled out
foul play but are still investigat-
In an unrelated matter a Maracas
St Joseph mother of three is now
homeless after her house was
destroyed by fire on Thursday
Around 3 pm Amoy St Clair, of
Castillo Trace, Maracas St Joseph,
went to a nearby river to wash
clothes. While there she was alert-
ed that her house was on fire.
Fire officers from the Tunapuna
Fire Station responded but were
unable to save the house. (JLV)
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Opposition Leader, Dr Keith Rowley speak during
Parliament "Private Member Day" break period yesterday. PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE
GOVT MPS ARRIVE
Former People and Social
Development minister Dr Glenn
Ramadharsingh was absent from
Parliament yesterday during the
first sitting since his dismissal on
Technical adviser to the former
minister Barrington "Skippy"
Thomas said yesterday Ramad-
harsingh was resting. Ramadhars-
ingh was relegated to the Govern-
ment s back bench in the House
yesterday as he no longer held
When he returns to the chamber
he will be seated next to another
sacked minister Colin Partap and
behind former prime minister
Thomas said Ramadharsingh
will be hitting the road in his
Caroni Central constituency on
Questioned by reporters as he
made his way to the ministry on
Independence Square yesterday,
Thomas said he was returning
to his office expecting to be asked
An earlier call for protest against
Ramadharsingh s dismissal was
called off, he said.
"That call was based on an
emotional response," he added.
"After introspection we agree it
is one party and one leader and
we have asked the constituency
not to go to the Parliament today.
"He said the initial protest call was
rescinded. Thomas said UNC sup-
porters were encouraged to go to
Parliament to show support for
the Prime Minister, who had the
right to determine who would sit
in her cabinet.
Ministers in the People's
Partnership waved and shook hands
with supporters in yellow before
walking quickly inside to the jeering
from PNM supporters.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar, wearing gold African wear
to mark Spiritual Baptist Liberation
Day on Monday, was flanked by police
and National Security Minister Gary
Griffith. She stopped to talk to
supporters, before walking hurriedly
into the building, ignoring the crowd in
But Sport Minister Anil Roberts
chose a different route, straight
through the PNM supporters, despite
the barriers blocking entry to
Parliament and the jeering crowd.
Police standing close to the building
looked surprised before rushing
toward the minister.
Roberts, realising the futility of his
attempt, turned around and made his
way around the crowd to enter the
building, stopping to talk to the media
and accuse PNM supporters of being
His route was followed by Arts
Minister Dr Lincoln Douglas, who also
tried to walk through the crowd as
people shouted insults and accused
him of destroying Carnival.
Education Minister Dr Tim
Gopeesingh tried the same tactic, but
chose to walk among UNC supporters.
He too turned around after reaching
the barrier blocking his way.
Several UNC supporters, asked
why they decided to go to
Parliament, answered, "No
One woman, holding a sign which
read "We Love Our Government,"
was asked why she came out, and
gave the same answer.
Another self-proclaimed UNC
supporter said he was there to
support the government.
"We came today to support our
Prime Minister. They only want to
mash up the partnership. We support
the PM in whatever action she has
taken for the Government," he said.
"I'm here because enough is
enough. These people made
promises and they did not deliver.
They promised to deal with crime
and they have done nothing," said
Angel Lee, a PNM supporter.
Wilma Duncan, a T&T citizen living
in Canada, stood to the side of both
groups wearing all white, with a red,
white and black bandanna around
"I came to see what was
happening. I read the newspapers
and I am tired of this Government.
They aren't doing what they should
do," Duncan said.
COLM GETS A KISS
Opposition members played it
safe, walking through the path
cleared by police before engaging
supporters, who chanted their
Former PNM senator Fitzgerald
Hinds hugged and kissed
supporters before walking in.
St Joseph MP Terrence
Deyalsingh, Arouca MP Alicia
Hospedales, Point Fortin MP
Paula Gopee-Scoon and Diego
Martin Central MP Dr Amery
Browne mirrored Hinds' actions.
When Diego Martin North/East
MP Colm Imbert walked past the
crowd, a woman leaned forward
and planted a kiss on his cheek. Fired Glenn absent from House
3 boys charged with robbing schoolmate
Woman drowns in bucket
WHY THEY WENT
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