The Member of Parliament for Mayaro insists that Monday's fiery protest by residents of Rio Claro was not politically-motivated.
Rushton Paray says while he does not support the illegal demonstration which can cause further damage to infrastructure, he understands the plight of the residents.
Yesterday, scores of persons from a number of communities in the area blocked several access points to vent their frustrations with the poor road conditions.
They also highlighted other issues such as lack of employment and what they described as harsher taxes announced in the recent budget.
There was a call in some quarters for a shutdown of the country on Monday, which was to include the blocking of roads, to protest against measures announced in the 2018 Budget.
While that did not transpire, some of the Rio Claro protesters bore placards criticising the ruling-PNM Government.