The Salisbury section of the E.O Leblanc Highway has been cleared by the police.
Residents and farmers from the area blocked the road in protest action, saying the government has neglected the area and the roads, especially farm access roads, are in a deplorable condition.
Although the road was cleared, the protesters vow to continue until they hear from the government.
The protest action began early on Monday with protesters using old tires, derelict vehicle, trees and debris.
Hundreds of people were left stranded.
Earlier in the day the police were pelted with stones and other debris as they try to remove the roadblock and they had to retreat.
The government had proposed a meeting with a ten-member delegation in Roseau but the protesters turn it down saying government representatives should come to Salisbury instead to discuss the matter.
In Facebook a posting Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, described the matter as “politically motivated.”
“Unfortunately, they have not accepted that offer,” he wrote. “This therefore leaves me to wonder if there is a real desire for resolution or whether this is politically motivated.”
Earlier in the day he had said on state-owned DBS Radio that the protest was uncalled for and illegal.
Later in the day the police used tear gas and pellets to disperse the protesters and the road was cleared.
Meanwhile National Security Minister, Rayburn Blackmoore, said the protest is totally unacceptable and “is a clear voilation of the rule of law of this beautiful country and has absolutely no place in a civilzed society.”
“I want to emphasize that in a civilized society people have a right to proceed with their daily lives uninterrupted,” he said.
He stated the laws of Dominica will not be violated.
“This is a classic case where some people have taken the deliberate decision to break the laws of this country in the most blatant manner and that cannot be allowed to continue,” Blackmoore remarked. “I want to call on all genuine Dominicans, including those from the beautiful village of Salisbury, to demonstrate the highest degree of leadership in this regard.”
He commended the police for excercising restraint.
“I have been advised that stones and other missiles were pelted at the police and I have been further advised that a police vehicle was vandalized,” he said. “In that regard therefore I trust that the police will act appropriately, consistent with the rule of law…”
DNO understand one policeman was injured and had to be taken to hospital.