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Kublalsingh threatens second hunger strike

By JULIEN NEAVES Thursday, September 4 2014

HIGHWAY Re-route Movement leader, Dr Wayne Kublalsingh, has sent a letter to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar threatening another hunger strike in14 days if she does not stop work on the Debe to Mon Desir section of the Point Fortin Highway, and order a review.

Kublalsingh, whose health was in jeopardy following his previous hunger strike two years ago, said he is willing to die for the cause.

“Absolutely. I think it’s a principle that every Trinidadian ought to stand up for,” he said.

He was speaking with the media yesterday from the movement’s camp opposite the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair prior to delivering the five page letter entitled “Notice of Hunger Strike”.

The movement is calling on her to make a public announcement to put on hold the construction of the project and initiate a review, which was reiterated by the Armstrong Report. He noted that following this, they will bring in their own experts to meet with Government officials. He said since announcing the second hunger strike he has been “severely reprimanded” by some members of his family, the movement, and the public. He noted that neither his son nor his brother agreed with the idea, and told him it was not fair to put his body on ransom.

“They’re telling me that the Prime Minister doesn’t care. That she has no heart, she has no conscience, and they (the Government) will watch me die and do nothing about it. And then they will drink champagne over my dead body. I don’t believe that is the case,” he said.

Kublalsingh said for the second proposed hunger strike he will again not be eating any food or drinking any water. Other supporters have pledged to fast with him, about two to three per day. The letter was received by Press Secretary, Francis Joseph, and the group reported that he promised to deliver it to the Prime Minister’s home today.

Kublalsingh noted they had camped for 180 days, and no member of the Prime Minister’s office came to speak to them, and therefore it was “time to act”. He said the last time they went on a hunger strike because the Prime Minister had not fulfilled her promise to do a review of the Debe to Mon Desir section of the highway and to put it on hold.

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