A detachment of armed police officers from the Special Security Unit (SSU) has sent chills down the spines of protesters in Melville Hall who said their presence at the scene on Thursday was not necessary.
On Wednesday and Thursday, this week, bus drivers and others who use the road between Marigot and Wesley, staged protest action near the Douglas Charles Airport saying that the sea has been breaching the wall in the area causing seawater to invade the road.
They say the seawater has been damaging their vehicles and are demanding that the government do something about the situation.
Government officials met with the protesters on Thursday morning to discuss the matter but according to bus driver, Stacia Williams, the presence of the SSU made protesters very uncomfortable.
“We are not coming here to commit crime,” she stated.
She said the presence of the SSU officers with guns was unnecessary.
“If you love the people of the country you will not send people there with guns,” Williams, who has been a bus driver on the route for many years, said. “So because people are protesting you sending people there with guns? Is it to scare them away?”
She said this was not the best way to handle the protest.
“The SSU was here,” she said referring to the protest on Thursday morning. “For what? You don’t need the SSU to deal with that.”
According to Williams, when the protest began on Wednesday there were non-SSU police officers on the scene and everything went well, although the crowd of protesters was larger.
She said she cannot understand why on Thursday morning SSU officers were patrolling the area as if criminals were present.
Meanwhile it has been agreed that a meeting will be held with Public Works Minister, Ian Pinard, next week Wednesday, to further discuss the issue.