Police Chief, Daniel Carbon, has described events in the community of Salisbury on May 11 and June 11 as not protest actions but a break down of law and order.
In a statement on Wednesday he said several criminal offenses were committed during the events.
“I am calling on the people of the community of Salisbury to refrain from this violent criminal conduct and to allow the police to continue doing their work,” he said.
On May 11 residents of the community blocked the main highway protesting poor feeder road conditions. The road was eventually cleared by the police using tear gas. On June 11 there was another round of confrontation between the police and residents when the police swooped into the community and arrested six. They appeared in court earlier this week.
Carbon pointed out that there is a legal process in which protests can be held.
“There is a process in law by which protest action can be held,” he said. “The situation in Salisbury on 11 May and 11 June was a break down of law and order which further degenerated into a riotous mob which was very violent. The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica provides that the citizens and visitors move on their lawful business, free.”
He noted that several criminal offenses were committed during both events.
“During the events the E.O. Leblanc Highway was blocked and there was the obstruction of traffic, police vehicles were damaged, and vehicles of private citizens were also damaged by a stone throwing violent mob,” he said.
He noted that the police were attacked with Molotov Cocktails and a barrage of stones and bottles.
“The police had to exercise tremendous restraint which I believe is very highly commendable,” the Top Cop said. “Police officers receive injuries by the stone throwing mob and on one occasion a police officer who was using and controlling a heavy equipment was set on fire by a Molotov Cocktail.”
He stated that investigations into both “riots” continue.
“We all have the responsibility to ensure that the Commonwealth of Dominica remains quiet and peaceful,” Carbon remarked.