It appears that the police may take “appropriate action” against those who either participated in or organized a protest which engulfed the community of Salisbury recently.
On May 11, residents blocked the main Highway connecting Roseau and Portsmouth, raising concerns over the deplorable state of farm access roads in the area. The protest was eventually broken up by the police using tear gas.
Speaking on privately-owned Kairi FM’s Heng Program on Monday Justice Minister, Rayburn Blackmoore, insisted that the protest was illegal, noting the police will be taking action as mandated by law.
“The Minister of Justice cannot instruct the police to go and arrest people,” he said. “That is why I am saying that I am satisfied and the police, by virtue of the fact, is the entity mandated by law to take appropriate actions where persons certainly and clearly undermined the laws of the country. And in that regard I have every reason to believe that the approprate action will be taken in that regard.”
He stated that he makes no apologies for saying the protest action was “uncalled for.”
“The state will not sit by idly and allow that to continue,” Blackmoore remarked.
The Justice Minister is also shooting down allegations made by local attorney, Tiyani Behanzine, that the tear gas used by the police during the protest had expired.
“I listened to the statement issued by the police, a press statement, and I am quite in concurrence with that statement,” he said. “I have not seen any evidence that points to that and I want to say therefore that the statement adequately responded to that claim.”
In a statement the police had said all armaments used during the protest meet international standards and mandates.