It took the police in Portland more than six hours to clear a 12 kilometre road block mounted by irate taxi operators in East Portland.
Heavy duty equipment had to be brought in to clear and remove huge blouders, old ridges, old motor vehicles, tree trunks and other debris which were used by protesters to block the main road at Clear Spring, Fairy Hill and Castle.
The road block was mounted from as early as 6:45 a.m., which left hundreds of commuters including students, stranded for hours.
As a result, students attending Happy Grove, Port Antonio High, Fair Prospect, and Titchfield High School, including those sitting CXC, were held up in the road block for more than three hours.
Last month, Communications Manger of the National Works Agency (NWA), Steven Shaw gave a commitment to taxi and bus operators to repair the stretch of road way from Fairy Hill to Manchioneal. This has failed to materialise, and according to Davis Steel, a taxi operator, they are angered as they were 'taken for a ride'.
Against that background, the protesters say they had to take their plights to the street so as to get immediate attention as the imclement weather had further compounded their problems.