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posted 30 Nov 2012, 00:28 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 30 Nov 2012, 00:35 ]
On November 28th, 2012, Trinidadian Roger Toussaint, former President of Transport Workers Union Local 100 (2001-2009)who led the strike that shut down the subways and buses in New York in 2005 sent the following message:

I write to express urgent concern about the failure of the government of Trinidad and Tobago to respond reasonably to the calls for due diligence and transparency with regards to the Debe to Mon Desir link of the San Fernando to Point Fortin highway currently under construction, a link, which runs through the heart of a critical water basin, the Oropuche Lagoon.
This failure has led, among other things, to the initiation of a hunger strike by Dr Kubalsingh which is now in its thirteenth day and at a critical stage. It seems to me and I suspect to most, that Dr Kublalsingh's request for a proper and transparent review is fully in line with internationally recognized standards for compliance with environmental s
ustainability and just makes sense.

I met and spoke with Dr Kublalsingh on my last visit to Trinidad and Tobago this past July. Clearly, he is a dedicated and highly motivated citizen acting out of sincere concerns and beliefs about the good of the country and its people.

I would like to add my voice in support with the hope that the government of Trinidad and Tobago thinks about the long run and shows courage to meet Dr Kublalsingh's request. Please convey my support and respect to him and my message to all.

Roger Toussaint
New York, New York