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T&T PM visits man on hunger strike over highway project

Published:Monday | October 13, 2014 | 9:21 AM

Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar yesterday paid an unexpected visit to environmentalist Dr Wayne Kublalsingh, who was hospitalised over his hunger strike, protesting a highway project.

Kublalsingh's health reportedly deteriorated following 26 straight days of not eating any food or drinking any liquid.

As the Prime Minister emerged from the 30 minute meeting with Kublalsingh, members and supporters of the Highway Re-Route Movement which the environmentalist leads, shouted for mediation to begin over the $7-billion highway in south Trinidad.

The Prime Minister said as a human being, she was concerned about Kublalsingh's health.

In 2012, Kublalsingh had embarked on a 21-day hunger strike over the same issue and called it off after there had been agreement for an independent Commission to look into the controversy.

Last week, Kublalsingh’s medical practitioner Dr Asante Van West-Charles-Le Blanc, warned that the environmentalist is near death with his vital organs showing signs of deterioration.


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