National Security and Justice Minister, Rayburn Blackmoore and Attorney General, Levi Peter, have both described protest action staged in Salisbury on May 11th as illegal.
They made the remarks while addressing the Second Meeting of the First Session of the Ninth Parliament on Wednesday.
Protesters blocked the main Highway connecting Roseau and Portsmouth, raising concerned over deplorable state of farm access roads.
Blackmore told the House that there were no justifications for the protest.
According to him, it was not a peaceful protest and can only be characterized as “a mob, a riot.”
“A naked transgression of our laws of this country and that cannot stand in the civilized and democratic society,” he said.
Referring to MP for Salisbury, Hector John, Blackmoore said, “When I listened to the member from Salisbury trying to redeem himself, it is too late. Speaking like he was prosecuting his case.”
Blackmoore revealed that according to information received, “a truck load and van load of stones were dumped next to an ice cream parlor on the hill in Salisbury.”
“The member of Salisbury therefore must say to this Honourable House with absolute clarity why were the stones dumped next to the ice cream parlor on the hill in Salisbury overlooking the E.O Leblanc Highway,” he said.
He stated that in a civilized and democratic society, the law provides a facility for legal peaceful protest.
Meantime Peter also said the protest had no justifications and was “unlawful” and “criminal” as far as the laws of Dominica are concerned.
“All of us in Dominica has things that we would like to see better,” he noted. “Do we then, Madam Speaker, get ourselves together with a few others who share our views or wish to cause disruption and block roads? Do we then cause the mayhem that was witnessed in Salisbury?”