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Man gets $100,000 bail for placard protest

An environmentalist was yesterday placed on $100,000 bail after he was charged with erecting placards protesting the Fifth Summit of the Americas.

Michael Parris appeared before a Justice of the Peace at the Couva Magistrates' Court yesterday, after he was kept overnight at the Couva Police Station.

The 24-year-old, of Temple Street, Balmain, Couva, was charged with placarding after he was allegedly caught trying to place 40 posters on Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) poles. He was in the vicinity of the Preysal High School when he was held around 10.30 p.m. on Thursday, police officers said.

Parris is involved with the rights action group Drummit to the Summit. He is expected to reappear in court on Monday. PC John, of the Gran Couva Police Station, laid the charge.