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posted 18 Nov 2013, 18:04 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 18 Nov 2013, 18:25 ]
Gary Aboud, spokesperson for Fishermen and Friends of the Sea, has vowed that the fisher folk of Trinidad and Tobago would keep up their picketing activities as they seek to persuade the government that seismic surveys carried out by oil and gas companies must be subject to Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) from the Environmental Management Authority (EMA).

Aboud, who was arrested, along with Cathal Healy-Singh and Wayne Henry on November 12th at a picket on the Port of Spain waterfront, was addressing a media conference at the Breakfast Shed on the Port of Spain waterfront on November 18th organised by the United Fisherfolk. Seven organisations were present including the National Workers Union represented by Deputy President, Cecil Paul.

Aboud said that fisherfolk over the years had staged more than fifty pickets and wondered how come they are now deemed to be unlawful. He said this means that all trade unions and others who protested by picketing would come under attack from the state and the police. This statement was distributed at the media conference. The fisherfolk are slated to meet with the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) on Tuesday November 19th. Hear Aboud:
Gerry Kangalee,
18 Nov 2013, 18:14