Residents of La Bidco, La Brea, in South Trinidad staged an early morning protest around 6am for better roads, which they say makes it impassable for cars.

Police officers were later called in to quell the protest as some of the residents were blocking the road with debris and lighting them on fire.

News Power Now spoke to several residents who were at the scene of the protest.

One resident said the condition of the roads has been in a deplorable state during the People’s Partnership tenure and now it’s even worst.

Voice of a La Brea resident

PROTESTAnother resident said the Member of Parliament for the area, Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs, Nicole
Olivierre, visited the area along with Minster of Works and Transport, Fitzgerald Hinds and was told work would be done to repair the road.

Residents say to this day nothing has been done.

Voice of another La Brea resident

Helicopters were seen surrounding the area, as well as flares and tear gas was allegedly thrown at the crowd.

A contingent of army personnel are currently at the scene of the protest as well as a backhoe to remove the debris.