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Digicel tower protest
Trinidad Created: 10 Jan 2007
Approximately 30 residents of Jerningham Street and environs yesterday protest the Digicel cell tower in their neighbourhood. ...
"The cell tower must go!" was the loud chant from protesting residents of Jerningham Street, Petit Bourg, as they demanded the removal of a Digicel tower sited on a vacant lot on their street.
The protest was held yesterday in conjunction with the Association for Radio Frequency Emission Control in TT (ArFECTT) to demonstrate the residents' dissatisfaction with the continued erection of the tower despite many complaints to the authorities.

Collin Roberts, a resident of the area said the tower was erected without any consultation with the residents in the neighbourhood.

He said the property where the tower is located was owned by a shop-owner who lived on the Eastern Main Road. Work began at the site more than a month ago. Roberts said when residents asked workers what was going on they were told that the property was being fenced, another time they were told that a house was being built. "Then we realised what was going on," he said.

Roberts said another resident found out that the Town and Country Planning Division had not given approval for the tower. He said economic considerations seemed to outweigh social considerations in the location of the cell tower.

He said workers pulled down the fence of the homeowner next to the property "without consent."

Dr Roi Ankhkara Kwabena
Source: Dr Roi Ankhkara Kwabena

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