protester throws a wheel into burning debris during the
second day of protest in Fyzabad yesterday.
Works and Transport Minister Colm Imbert said yesterday
he was sick and tired of road protests that have become
a norm in an effort to effect repairs.
Responding to the two-day fiery protest at Fyzabad which
left commuters stranded, Imbert said what was uncanny was
that the roads in question did not fall under his jurisdiction.
am sick and tired of people taking protest action when it
is their Regional Corporations that are not doing their
Imbert said the Fyzabad Main Road, which falls under his
ministry, was in a relatively good shape.
is the outlying areas, the side roads that are in a bad
state, but they do not fall under the ministrys jurisdiction,
Nevertheless, the minister said he was on an aerial tour
of the hot spot and that they were currently assessing the
For the second day yesterday, Fyzabad taxi drivers assisted
by residents set up fiery barricades throughout the district.
Their action prevented paramedics from transporting a pregnant
woman to hospital.
Unconfirmed reports indicated that the woman gave birth
in a vehicle.
Under the watchful eyes of officials in the blimp and a
helicopter used by members of the Special Anti Crime Unit,
demonstrators chopped down trees hurled garbage, old appliances,
scrapped cars and other debris into the roadway.
The first blockade was set up outside a gas station at South
Oropouche, which had been vandalised.
Worker Anil Muralie said when they arrived around 7 am,
they saw the front glass door shattered.
have to go back home. We do not know who did this but we
think it is a wicked act, Muralie said.
Another worker Junior Edwards said water barrels had also
been stolen from the station compound.
A van belonging to a coconut vendor was also vandalised.
The tyres had been burnt and the battery was missing.
people cut up the man plug wires. They should not do this.
He is a poor coconut vendor, a woman said.
Police went to a home at Duke Street, where a teenager was
beaten by his uncle for blocking the road.
Councillor for Avocat Doodnath Mayhroo said the vandalism
could have been committed to weaken their legitimate struggle
for better roads and water.
An ambulance was also stopped at Oropouche junction.
Paramedics said they could not go through the barricades.
We have a pregnant woman to take to hospital but we
have told her relatives to meet us here, a paramedic
The woman sat in a car screaming in pain before the demonstrators
finally cleared the way for her.
Shortly after noon, army officers arrived on the scene and
began clearing the roads.
Riot police, Guard and Emergency officers and officers from
the Fyzabad, Oropouche and Siparia police stations kept
watch over the area.