Wednesday 18 July, 2018

Kamla calls for protest at Couva Children's Hospital

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar slammed the Ministry of National Security's press release, which condemned last Friday's protest at the Couva Children's Hospital, as unconstitutional, and called for another protest alongside other United National Congress (UNC) ministers this Friday.

Speaking at the UNC's Monday Night Forum in Tunapuna, Persad-Bissessar called on fellow UNC members, Pointe-a-Pierre MP David Lee, Chaguanas East MP Fazal Karim, Princes Town MP Barry Padarath and other MPs, to join a demonstration on Friday morning outside of the Couva Children's Hospital.

"On Friday we shall be here, whether as a citizen, whether as a COP, whether as a UNC, we will be there as law-abiding citizens."

"Join with us this Friday, stand with us in front of the Couva Children's Hospital at 10:30 am."

She warned citizens of a 'path of dictatorship' and commended citizens for upholding their democratic rights.

"I want to congratulate members and supporters of the UNC who took it upon themselves to make that protest action in the rain," she said.

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"Look at where they are taking us down, into the path of dictatorship," she said.

She also compared to similar protests which did not receive the same response.

"When recently, Moruga/Tableland, big protest, fires, tires burning, and who was in the middle of it all, 'skinning and grinning'? The Member of Parliament for Moruga/Tableland (Dr Lovell Francis)."

She is calling on the Minister of National Security to withdraw the release. 

"I say to the Minister of National Security, withdraw your unlawful, unconstitutional press release. You cannot be attempting to intimidate and terrify law-abiding citizens when you cannot deal with the horrendous state of crime in this country," she said. 

On Sunday, the National Security Ministry chastised the Opposition for its “reckless” actions in causing a traffic pileup last Friday following a protest at the still unopened Couva Children’s Hospital.