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Trinidad - Trade Unionist Ancel Roget declares war on Kamla

Joint Trade Unions Movement (JTUM) leader Ancel Roget Joint Trade Unions Movement (JTUM) leader Ancel Roget
Joint Trade Unions Movement (JTUM) leader Ancel Roget has declared “war” on Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar for what he said was her unprovoked attack on him in Parliament.

Speaking to a crowd on the Brian Lara Promenade, Port-of-Spain, on Friday night, Roget, who is also head of the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU), blasted Persad-Bissessar for her reference to him in Parliament, ”in which she recalled an incident at state-owned Trinmar back in the 1990s when Roget worked on the rigs. 

The incident surrounds a worker being injured under Roget’s watch.

 “You want to start a war with me that you cannot finish?” Roget said. 

Roget said Persad-Bissessar would not have a quiet day in or out of office after using parliamentary privilege to attack him.

“That fight will continue long after you leave office. You will not be able to hold your head up after,” he added. 

. During his speech after the march, Roget  unveiled a mannequin wearing a yellow dress and encouraged the crowd to shout “boo” four times at the effigy. 

“You cannot fight with me, you have to be sober to do that,” Roget said.

He said the Government believed that everyone could be bought or silenced with pre-action protocol letters, and that it was able to buy out “every Tom, Dick, Harry and McLeod,” even people attached to the Police Service. 

“If they have to sue me every day, every week for speaking out, they could sue me every day,” he said.

Roget and the JTUM supporters were joined by Independent Liberal Party (ILP) leader Jack Warner during the more than two-hour march through Port-of-Spain. Warner was warmly welcomed on the stage, where he once again apologised for his role in the ascension of the Government into office. He also hinted his allegiance could be with another party, saying the ILP can find a home in another “corner.”.

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