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Trinidad and Tobago – Protests escalate over increased fuel price

(Loop Caribbean) – For the second day in a row, fishermen, taxi drivers and small business operators continued their series of roadblocks in Central Trinidad under the watch of the police.

From as early as 6 am on Thursday, the men converged at the Claxton Bay Junction to protest the increase of fuel prices which came into effect two days ago.

According to the president of the Claxton Bay Fishing Association Nicholson Seecharan,it was no longer feasible to spend $1,500 to buy gas, oil, ice and other items for a fishing trip, only to come back with a poor catch worth less than $1,500.

“The gas price went up five times… When we used to pay $220 for a 20 gallon of gas with oil, it is now $560. That is almost doubling the price. When you go with two booms of gas and don’t catch it hurting us. We cannot go to the sea when the price is so high. We need something done now,” Seecharan said.

He warned consumers that as a result, the price of fish will also increase because “we have to dip deeper into our pockets to get fuel for our boats to go fishing out at sea.”

He added that motorists too will face “roadblock whole week” or until the matter is addressed:

“This crisis is affecting not only fishermen and taxi men, but it is affecting every citizen.”


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