“At this moment in Salisbury, there seem to be carnival-like celebrations; the people of Salisbury are very very happy”
This is how Matt Peltier of Q95FM described the mood in that community Thursday evening after the five Salisbury residents who were arrested earlier in the day, were released.
The five men and one woman were released on bail on Thursday evening and returned to their village shortly afterwards.
Residents of Salisbury staged protest action and blocked the main road linking Roseau to Portsmouth when police arrived in the community early Thursday morning to arrest individuals, who were allegedly involved in similar protest action staged on May 11.
The police used tear gas and other ammunition to clear the road, however the protest continued.
MP for the area, Hector John, during a live interview on privately owned Q95, described the area as a “war zone” and said the residents will not be intimidated.
“We have been victimized for too long and no level of intimidation or confrontation will scare us,” he noted. “We are there standing for our rights. The entire village is on the highway and we will not back down.”
Political Leader of The United Workers Party later called on the government to bring an immediate end to what he referred to as “the politically motivated police attack on the people of Salisbury which has heightened tension around the country and plunged the west coast community into a state of turmoil.”
Dominica News Online has not yet been able to ascertain whether those Salisbury residents who were arrested, have been charged and for what.
We will follow this story and bring you more information as it becomes available.