Saturday 23 March, 2019

Watch: Barrackpore residents stage ‘last resort’ fiery protest

Barrackpore residents blocked major arteries into the village on Monday morning over poor road conditions. 

A group of villagers used tyres and even the frame of an old car to block Papouri Road near Ozzi’s Recreation Ground; Barrackpore Junction near the Barrackpore Police Station intersection to New Colonial Road; South at Cottage Road along the New Colonial Road and Number 2 Junction which is the intersection at Rochard Douglas Road.

Frustrated villagers block roads with burning debris to highlight their displeasure with their roads.

Chairman for the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation Allen Sammy said he was aware that the protest was organised, adding that residents have complained for a long period of time.

“People are saying that they are fed up, that they have been giving enough warning but people (the Government) are not responding appropriately so they are taking this action as a last resort.”

Sammy said the Ministry of Works has been made aware of the issues experienced by residents through conversations held during Regional Coordinated Meetings.

He said, however, that the roads have not been fixed since the last general election.

“There’s been no action, spot patching but it’s not appropriate and it has not been repaired since 2015.”

The protest began around 5 am and thousands of people including travelers from Moruga, San Fernando, Barrackpore and environs were said to be affected.

 

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