Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar faced some disgruntled Hindus on Thursday night, when she visited the Divali Nagar.
Approximately one dozen people had placards which read, “Kalma disrespected Hindus” and “Keeping back progress losing elections letting Rowley get away with everything.”
The group called on her to apologise for “disrespecting Hindus” after she recently said the attacks and acts of vandalism at Hindu temples should not be regarded as hate crimes. Instead, she labelled the incidents as crimes of opportunity and vandalism.
Her comments were in contrast to those of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, which runs many temples and schools across the country, as she called on them to “bring evidence of religious hatred.” The Maha Sabha eventually provided its evidence to back up its claims.
Others had placards calling for her to step down as political leader of the United National Congress.
Another placard read, “Selfish Kamla must resign now”.
The Opposition Leader was accompanied by several of her MPs, senators and councillors at the Divali Nagar and appeared unfazed by the protest.