Protesters oil North Coast highway
OCHO RIOS, St Ann — Five people were arrested this morning at the scene of a demonstration after protesting residents from Chester blocked a section of the North Coast Highway in St Ann.
The angry residents, who were protesting the deplorable state of the Chester main road, also poured gas oil on a section of the road at Laughlands.
Police said the five were arrested for allegedly pouring oil on the main thoroughfare.
The roadblock, which was mounted at 5:30 am, caused major traffic pile-up along the highway.
The protest also caused lengthy delays for a number of commuters including schoolchildren who were out on the first day of school.
The angry protestors said the Chester main road has been in a deplorable state for many years and that efforts over the years to have it addressed by their political representatives have been unsuccessful.
The roadblock has since been cleared.