Arrested Salisbury residents back home

A scene from Thursday's protest
A scene from Thursday’s protest

“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.

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33 Comments

  1. mine
    June 13, 2015

    Hector is listening on what Linton telling him to do but he will be blame and Linton will wash his hand like Pilate. God don’t like ugly. Linton just want a title for himself time will tell but it might be to late for you all to see.

  2. Zammy
    June 13, 2015

    The sun can never be shining on this wicked n corrupt government. The people gor a right to protest so please give the people what they want. During election campaign you all promised all kinds of stuff to Dominican so now deliver…
    Now the people should take the protest to Roseau ; just keep on on matchin; keep on praying; keep on matching on on: ke5 your freedom song be: we shall not be moved…
    Apply pressure in a non violent way so that those silly cops won’t shot u guys.. but keep on protesting peacefuly.. Public workers and all other Dominican must join the match against injustice; neglect; poverty ; suffering; why not join the match to demand a stop to child abuse n all the other evils in Dominica
    small axe big tree. Jericho must fallllllllllll.
    one more thing: why don’t these so called riot squad go in search of the real criminals n drug lords. . Stop cocaine from spoiling Dominica…. gosh manning. .. You guys are just a group of show offs. .

  3. Memory
    June 12, 2015

    Let me take a little time to address our fellow Dominican, called THE REAL FACTS.
    I can see you have some interest in what went on and is still going on in the Village of Salisbury , but the fact is this problem
    is going on across the island; it is just that THE PEOPLE from the VILLAGE of Salisbury are the ones who have the Belly to stand up and FACE the problems of their people, and this is not wrong.
    It seems to me that you are one of those people who would rather stretch your hand out and beg than try doing something positive to feed your children. So you are giving support to corruption and wickedness,that is not good. You must think for yourself. Join the struggle in the end you will benefit.
    THE REAL FACT IS,SEARCH YOUR CONSCIENCE AND SEE IF YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT PATH. The struggle continues.

  4. June 12, 2015

    Mr. farmer CANNOT block the highway, when you behave this way, what do you expect the police to, buy you a beer?

  5. the wise
    June 12, 2015

    how can six people be arrested for protesting? and there were much more than six protester set of fools.them policemen were looking like ninja turtle with them dam outfit on them fool.

  6. mandate 2 mismanage
    June 12, 2015

    Well people of Dominica…the next time Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit tell you he is coming to have a townhall with you “whether you want it or not”….get your bullet-proof vests ready!

  7. Domnichen
    June 12, 2015

    You cannot block a public highway !!!!!!!!

    • Baweegirl
      June 14, 2015

      Yes, you can. Tell that to the people of France and the French overseas territories. If it works for them, why can’t it work in Dominica?

  8. Tampa
    June 12, 2015

    Based on what is happening in Salisbury it seems as though Dominican law is design or practiced in such a manner that it protects the powerful and oppress the poor. The powerful can break the law with impunity while the poor gets arrested.

  9. Left but still present
    June 12, 2015

    Will anyone be losing their job/s over the handling of the situation in Salisbury yesterday? After all, one woman’s house was riddled with bullets and she would have died in her own kitchen, but for the grace of God. Usually the person with overall foresight takes full responsibility e.g. Sepp Blatter

  10. KID ON THE BLOCK
    June 12, 2015

    Never knew this Host of Talk on the block on Q95 was so bias and one sided!

    • June 13, 2015

      Hell kid on the Hel Nes Kid on The Block, it takes on to know one, you need to stick to your original name Justice, you need pay mord attention to yourself and your surroundings in Pi kering Ontario, the Show Host is also from your village of Poin to d Mitche, nuff said, you are the most bias person comenting on this sife each and every day critizing each and every comment, always putting God in each and everyone of your posts, judging people, even going as far as saying who is going to Heaven and you will be going to Hell etc

      , I would like to know if you are one of them involve in selling Dominica’s Passport in Canada?, when the teachers and all the big unions in Canada take to the road, I would like you to tell me if The Premier, the Prime Minister Mr Harper deploy the Military to attack them, also if the Police Chief In your city send the Police to kill, as far as I know the only time the police use force is when the protectors attack them, police in DA started the…

  11. who vex vex
    June 12, 2015

    If no police arrest my close friends stupidly I’m seriously going an organize a blockage, cause it seems like thats the best response

  12. Dominican
    June 12, 2015

    I support a protest that will aim to force a government to do things that will advance the wellbeing of its people. When it is political like the one in Salisbury I won’t get close to it. Not because you do not like a government you have to try to bring it down at any cost. There is a better way. Take a look at the middle East and North Africa.

    • mandate 2 mismanage
      June 12, 2015

      And this is why you are fodder for corruption and exploitation. What isn’t political in Dominica? What better way is there? Did GON Emmanuel lead a protest for his house to be firebombed? Thats water under the bridge, right? No justice there and guess what everyone just went on their merry way like nothing ever happened.

      When people speak up they are hauled to court for defamation. Yet, when the facts are clearly against the gov’t those cases are never called!

      You guys would justify anything to allow a small group of men to exploit an entire country. The resiliency of Bawi is hopefully just the start of a rude awakening. Skerrit and co know exactly what they are doing which is why they have friends in other countries and off shore accounts they can access when they can no longer remain in Dominica.

    • jean bawi
      June 13, 2015

      it was made political by the government. All they did was protest for better roads and they were greeted with bullets and teargas. PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO ENCOURAGE DICTATORS!!!

    • Baweegirl
      June 14, 2015

      I would like to suggest that persons research how many times the people of Salisbury approached the government in a lawful, orderly manner before this action was taken. It seems that not too many of you who are decrying the action and condemning the people of Salisbury do not know the history of the steps that those persons took to do the right thing before it went so far. The police is responsible for the violence, not the villagers. My mother does not live in Salisbury but she has a house there. What did my mother do to deserve a bullet in her window of her house?

  13. Lougawoo Mem
    June 12, 2015

    Two favorite quotes by an American great will continue to resonate throughout history. And if my fellow Dominicans do not take heed, then they deserve whatever…

    When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.
    When the government fears the people, there is liberty.
    Thomas Jefferson

    The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive and judiciary in the same hands, whether of one, a few or many; and whether hereditary, self-appointed or elected – may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.
    James Madison

    We are now experiencing the latter to a certain degree. Thanks to the greedy, selfish supporters who see no wrong in the most corrupted government the nation has ever experienced. Good for them!

  14. Memory
    June 11, 2015

    Dominicans do not let the release of our fellow brothers fool you .keep your eyes and ears open. All you workers
    at the ports sea and air look out for things coming into the land, you have began a process of observation ; those guys
    Are getting scared, be careful, moving forward every citizen should act like a police, we now have to Police the police
    they are not on our side. Remember in the State house sits a guy who knows very well how to decide and rule , which is
    He did to be where he now. It took him time to be there, but he is.
    You businessmen and women in 1979 it took 47 and a half days to bring down another labor government and the guy in
    the state house was the main planner behind it, you helped by closing your stores you are once more in the same position
    not making money no business. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?you have no choice, join the STRUGGLE.

    • The Real Facts
      June 11, 2015

      You are silly. I call this wild imaginings. :lol: :lol: :lol:
      People bring these things upon themselves.
      If they keep protesting they will not make money. All these people have nothing to do? This is of their own doing. Let them keep blaming the government and not themselves.
      Those who instigate trouble will get trouble, through their own fault which they will not be able to handle.
      Strive for peace and keep it alive in you and in your surroundings.

  15. happy
    June 11, 2015

    One of those days, the people of salisbury will look back and realize that it really didn’t worth

    • The Real Facts
      June 11, 2015

      You are so correct. Why do they waste their God-given precious allotted time to protest, projecting that they hate the government and the police? It is a total waste of their time and energy.
      They should be assisting and cooperating with the government and police and not turn against them, the authorities of the land. They are not smart people.

    • world peace
      June 12, 2015

      happy you are foolish go read your history book, watch world news, read the laws and constitution, educate yourself so you can make some meaningful contribution to the discourse.

    • sandra
      June 12, 2015

      Speak for yourself my dear. Dont speak for us Salisbury people

    • Moine Meme
      June 12, 2015

      labourite flunkey

  16. Michael
    June 11, 2015

    The people of Salisbury must seek redress by taking the Police and the Attorney General to Court in a class action suit for the violence visited upon them in in May and June. Some of the police officers, eager to use their toys, must be made to pay from their own personal pockets. Those police officers who believe they are soldiers and want to fight war must find their way to the Middle East. Their fantasies will be fulfilled beyond their deepest imagings.

    • The Real Facts
      June 11, 2015

      Life is not a one-way street. It is a two-way street. We must love one another and care for others. We must not hinder others and their freedom of passage going about their daily business.
      Those who have been prohibited from going about their business, who must have lost business/money and employees’ salary should seek redress by taking the Salisbury people, Linton and Hector to Court.
      Let them try it. What goes around comes around and two-fold. I will encourage the other D/cans who were prevented from going to work, school and to their appointments to sue the Salisbury people, Linton and Hector.

    • LawieBawie
      June 12, 2015

      That’s not likely to happen because like most cowards, they would rather fire their guns in a situation where they know that they guns wouldn’t be firing back at them. It was most disgusting to see the bullet holes in the houses yesterday. This was live rounds of ammunition being fired at the people of Salisbury.

  17. TALK IS CHEAP
    June 11, 2015

    I fully support the residents of Salisbury.

    This Government is getting out of hands.

    This entire situation could have been handled differently. ammunition was unnecessary. arrests were unnecessary. disgraceful! !+

  18. June 11, 2015

    That might be good theater for some, but the long lasting image will remind us That ugly comes in many different ways. if we are to be taken seriously, we all must ask ourselves, certainly, what can we do to better our country and by extention our self and family. The substance of nation building, does not lie in turmoil. We not ready.

    • The Real Facts
      June 11, 2015

      . . . And it does not depend solely on the government. Some people in D/ca depend too much on the government. The government did not conceive them, did not bear them, bring them forth into the world and is not responsible for them. They think that the government is mother and father to them and should give them everything, handing it over to them and as soon as they speak and protest.
      They are inconsiderate and impatient. Most of the money the government receives comes from organizations outside of Dominica. In this era, some D/cans expect too much from the government. They do not even help themselves. All they want is to stir up trouble and always protesting while they criticize the government. This is influenced by Linton and Hector, two other troublemakers. They will get their share one day. What they sow, they shall reap and two-fold.

      • jean bawi
        June 13, 2015

        look like you are living in space with aliens to speak all this foolishness

      • Baweegirl
        June 14, 2015

        You must be referring to the “red clinic”.

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