Blackmoore condemns Salisbury events

Scene in Salisbury on Monday morning

Minister for National Security, Rayburn Blackmoore, has condemned events which erupted in Salisbury on Monday saying this is the type of image the United Workers Party (UWP) wants to portray on social media.

On Monday morning the main road in Salisbury was blocked with debris and fire. Stones and bottles were also thrown. No one has spoken about what is the cause the problem. The road has since been unblocked.

Blackmoore said the event “cannot be accepted as the norm in this beautiful country,” and it must be stopped.

“It has to stop, period, it has to stop,” he stated.

According to him, this is the type of image the UWP wants to portray on social media because the party is rejecting proposed amendments of the Election Amendment Bill and has been calling on Dominicans to go down to the Parliament building and let it be known that the people are not accepting them.

“I want to say further, that is the type of image that the United Workers Party and its operatives who want to see it posted on social media for all to see,” he said on State-owned DBS radio. “The United Workers Party and its operatives to have been calling on people in the recent past to prevent the upcoming seating of parliament that is carded for tomorrow the twenty-third day of May 2017 over certain things they have been asking for; electoral reform, more so Section 57b of the proposed House of Assembly Election Amendment Bill. The entire Bill is posted on the Government website for all to see.”

Blackmoore noted that there is irony in the fact that the same section of the bill that the UWP is concerned over, is what the opposition is not in itself doing, which is, going out and providing information for clarity purposes.

“The ironic thing, I must say, that section that they have a beef with, seeks to give clarity and broaden the definition of the offense of bribery in so far as the transportation and participation of electors to and within Dominica is concerned,” he stated.

According to Blackmoore, the UWP is behaving irresponsibly in not highlighting the proposed amendments in its fullest form.

“I have not heard persons within the Workers Party behaving in a responsible manner and to go out to the public and to actually educate the public about the full extent of this proposed amendment,” he remarked.

The UWP has been hosting a series of town hall meeting discussing the amendments.



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  1. Danziger
    May 23, 2017

    The dead left their grave block the road and set fire in Salisbury.

  2. Patience
    May 23, 2017

    Condemn the evil that’s going on within your government first and everything else will be fine.

  3. May 23, 2017

    Condemn infidelity — first and foremost —- condemn corruption…condemn the selling of passports to Criminals….Condemn drug trafficking on the Island…Condemn all the useless killings in Dominica…7

  4. Dominican
    May 23, 2017

    Well let them protest, the parents of the children sitting CXC will show them who is boss. I know DA people prefer their children education more than anything else and that’s what they will use to make a decision. Continue to block CXC exam every year. WE know is because lennox doh have CXC

    • Jonathan St jean
      May 23, 2017

      The parents will show them who is boss.Which them?I propose that you go to the police chief with your irrefutable evidence

    May 23, 2017

    Just another “Normal Day” in Salisbury Dominica :mrgreen:

  6. Skerrit
    May 22, 2017

    God IS the Labour Party

  7. Lol
    May 22, 2017

    Mr blackmore take control of those thugs and put them were they belong or resign let the PM put someone that can do the job, this is none sense now.

  8. Big Idiot
    May 22, 2017

    Is Blackmore condemning himself? But what Blackmore did for him to condemn himself? I’m quite sure he played no role in that Salisbury even and just cant understand Y he condemning himself. I guess I misunderstood the article man? Somebody please shed some light because as you can see I am a BIG IDIOT by profession

  9. Dante Jones
    May 22, 2017

    Yes Blackmoore it needs to be stopped so you can add the entire west coast road to the list on that public order act where the rights enshrined in the constitution are suspended for the sake of public safety against potential threats imagined, contrived or otherwise. Better yet don’t even bother adding more to the blacklist just make a whitelist of the only place where people can express their constitutional right such as the mountains, the beach etc where nobody can see them.

  10. Jonathan St jean
    May 22, 2017

    Blackmore are you serious,are you serious man.You have yet to identify any individual responsible for the road closures nor what is the motivation for doing it,and you magically arrive at a point where you are blaming the opposition and the upcoming piece of legislation.How can you email Minister of national security when without facts you jump to conclusions about matters which have national security implications.Bunch of joker’s these labour government ministers are.Why don’t you get a mouth piece like Skerritt has Tony Ass-ta-phan as his brain and mouth piece.Blackmore it’s time to act responsibly.You guys are always talking about giving Dominica a bad name, well your crazy leap to accuse the opposition without facts and proof gives the country a bad name

  11. Wrong becomes good
    May 22, 2017

    The people of Dominica condemn Blackmoore and what he stands for. We the people of Dominica condemn Blackmoore for allowing a very well known wanted criminal from Iran, by the name of Aliereza Monfared, to live in Dominica for six (6) months, after he and his government know that he was wanted. Blackmore, as National Security Minister have you ever thought of the possibility of Iran bursting a Bomb in Dominica to get their guy? These are the things you should condemn but I guess you wouldn’t because some benefitted. I know you had no benefit in him

  12. Be Good
    May 22, 2017

    only in Dominica this needs to stop trying to get into power by any way

  13. Let The Truth Be Known - Original
    May 22, 2017

    Lennox and UWP supporters can do no wrong. It is ignorance. They are playing the blame game on the other Party. Why would this reigning Party do something as that to themselves and to the people? It would make no sense.
    This is a mark of UWP supporters. Remember the protests. They are the ones who were paid to do that.
    God knows!

  14. %
    May 22, 2017

    Blackmore this is the indelible,black,dark,dirty,nasty image of Dominica.
    MADUEKE,etc….Scoundrels,crooks,criminals…The world knows Dominicas association with all of them.

  15. Jah Kal
    May 22, 2017

    Blackmore stay behind your beck and talk crap we the people of SALISBURY won’t let u and skerrit tell us how to go living our life Dominica belong to all of us we have the right to stand for what we want NO WATER NO ROADS and u have money giving all your supporters don’t forget the declaration of independence was in SALISBURY if u want more history mess with law abiding people. BAWI A HEAD.

  16. May 22, 2017

    Some politicians are mentally challenged. Corruption creates fear and fear leads to weak minds; then the end sends a signal to those with cocoa in the sun.

    • dee
      May 23, 2017

      ”this is the type of image the united workers party wants to portray on social media ”
      Rayburn common , why allu man like to expose allu self like that nah ? I smell a rat , and that kind of statement, straight off de bat, sowing seeds of suspicion.
      Fink before you talk OK.

  17. Shameless
    May 22, 2017

    I support Salisbury 10000000%. When all else fails, set goals have to be accomplished by any means necessary for the good of the country and mankind by extension. No more talking, its time for action and I am honestly loving it. If the opposition is scared then the people who are the “real” opposition MUST take matters in their own hands for love of country. Looks like Blackmore just realized that the people of Salisbury cannot be intimidated or made to cower. Salisbury AHEAD!!!!!

    Assertive like Moses’ rod! :twisted: :twisted:

  18. Patriotic Labourite
    May 22, 2017

    Trust me Dominicans will not be turning out in the thousands to protest with UWP Team Dominica. We want the Amendments to the Election Act passed so all our new citizens can vote and keep DLP Team Dominica in power. We there for 17 years and look forward to 17 more years plus, :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • ????
      May 23, 2017

      In your dreams :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  19. prophet
    May 22, 2017

    The incident was done by paid individuals to make the UWP looked bad. This must be one of the things the expensive image consultant firm must have suggested.

    • Dominican
      May 23, 2017

      Talk of a COWARD! You want to protest but not take blame hahaha see why DA people cant take you all serious, no respect for cowards

  20. Ibo France
    May 22, 2017

    No one has pinpointed the specific problem(s) that gave rise to this protest. The Minister is quick to ascribe blame to Mr. Linton and his party. I don’t condone unlawful behavior but for people to go to this extent shows that their grievances are deep seated and should not be summarily dismissed as opposition mischief. The country’s development would always be stymied because of the blame game. Too many governing politicians believe that they are beyond reproach. They have very little respect for the views of the ordinary man. They ignore the voice of their constituents until General Elections draw nigh. How can people act normally with this pent up frustration? Government needs to genuinely listen to the people’s plight then offer real solutions. Stop the fancy slogans and meaningless rhetoric.

  21. %
    May 22, 2017

    Blackmore in your long harangue and puffery, I think you mentioned tomorrow???? Well let me inform you that I am always willing to fight against wicked leaders, corrupt governance. POLLUTED LEADERS and evil minded shameless dimwits like what your party consists of…I SHALL be there, bright and early!!!…
    I have never missed ONE OCCASSION, WHEN i am called upon to fight a just cause…..SO STOP STRESSING YOURSELF!

  22. The Darkness
    May 22, 2017

    tch… Rayburn everytime you open your trap to flap those useless gums… I just remember 1 thing… Your the guy who thinks WAY too highly of himself…

    … I don’t listen to trash.

    Go figure… :mrgreen:

  23. Tj
    May 22, 2017

    It is ludicrous to blame UWP for a demonstration Mr. Blackmore deal with the root cause of the partisan provential behavior of the leadership. OPEN your EYES.

  24. Lucy
    May 22, 2017

    Rayburn stop your nonsense. You are showing your true colours and your level of intellect. Are you a Minister of government or are you a trigger happy cop? Pick one- You are a cop that is it.

  25. Anthony P. Ismael
    May 22, 2017

    How many murders did we have last week Blackmoore? Just this week we already have an attempted murder already and today is only Monday. I did not hear from neither you nor Carbon. I guess Skerrit removed the muzzle from your mouth for today. You are also moo-moo about the deplorable living conditions that police officers are forced to endure in some of these stations.

  26. This is so dominica
    May 22, 2017

    in the article after this we have the Prime Minister asking for an end to partisan politics but at the same time an event happens in Salisbury where we don’t know who is to blame yet but we have the Minister of national security already blaming UWP.

  27. DA/
    May 22, 2017

    I have no knowledge concerning Salisbury roadblock , but the real focus is the amendment and insertion of a new bill most likely to pass in parliament ,given such a short time to thoroughly review it . If the opposition members of parliament find themselves scrambling at the 12th hour , then what about the men ,women and young people who may have little or no knowledge of what is at stake . For this very reason, I would support the claim that when dealing with elections , allow an Electoral Commission to control proceedings and not the other way around . Commissions set rules and standard , while parties and independent candidates adhere to them , but not the government laying the foundation and setting up the stage.

  28. knowledgeable
    May 22, 2017

    This Blackmore minister is always quick to condem events which he can maliciously link the inocent opposition to without a shred of evidence. He as national security minister should condem the bill in parliament tomorrow because he should have seen and heard that such controversy in parliament is likely to turn the city into a blood pool, the same manner in which he saw a coup during February 7th meeting.

  29. No no
    May 22, 2017

    I am a resent retiree who has recently moved back home. I want to assure people how haven’t been to DA in a while what you are seeing by the few people who wats fame at any cost that type of behavior is not the norm! The people who think you are going to gain 1 additional follower, you are wrong. Instead you are loosing your supporters.

    • %
      May 23, 2017

      You are no more than a greedy illiterate,singing for your free pampers…

  30. Zamm
    May 22, 2017

    Minister Blackmore, when the people are protesting, they must be heard. The government has to ensure that their voices are heard. They are trying to make a point to the government perhaps for the bad treatment given them. The government has a responsibility to listen to the cry of the people. One is not saying that the way the Salisbury citizens chose to protest is the right way, however the needs of the Salisbury people must be met. There is need for dialogue, communication not sending police with guns as if the folks are criminals.
    To be honest, the whole of Dominica should be protesting – according to law that is- because the government has failed on its post errika mandate. Imagine, Labour Party supporters are calling Salisbury people stupid for protesting for what the deem as bad treatment by the government.
    Dominicans fail to speak truth to power but Time will tell. Poverty on the increase yet they supporting Skerritt n his rich band of pseudo politicians. Fight the power.

    • My 2 Cents
      May 22, 2017

      You obviously have NO idea what the meaning of protest is. Or the difference between a protest and a riot. I suggest you do some reading and also invest in a dictionary.

  31. MI zarfer
    May 22, 2017

    Mr blackmore when the people act how is it the UWP responsible
    In 1979 when Charlotte spoke was it his fault and if it was Charlotte fat why is he your president today. Have you forget your guest speaker called the same set of people wicked. The same set that allowed you to win your sitime. Be careful they come back and vote you out

  32. Doc. Love
    May 22, 2017

    Apparently when Blackmoore reads social media, he only reads comments from supporters of the UWP. Blackmoore must also read comments from DELVIN CASTRO on facebook or he must listen to the senior citizen nicknamed MAMMIE who is on Kairi seven days a week. His own prime minister who once said, wherever you see supporters of the UWP, go in their faces and call them traitors. Recently we heard at a DLP rally, the guest speaker asking labor party supporter to sort out anyone who opposes Skeritt and deal with them. Control supporters of your party first and the rest will follow suit.

    • Ghost
      May 23, 2017

      The man who made that sort them out comment has personal issues and is an a**.i believe that everyone has the right to have their voice noted but people need to remember that war has never solved anything.all you have is death and destruction.its sad people log DNO everyday send blame and no one helps to find solutions or like trump says Make this nation great again 8-O. Think about it violence has never solved anything in this world.most it has done is send a message but that just about it.

  33. freedom fighter
    May 22, 2017

    Who heat Blackmore he crying?

    • Shameless
      May 22, 2017

      His conscience is what hit him so hard that he now crying ! These guys are nothing feeding on the ignorance of the less educated and greedy. Time is coming soon for change!

      Assertive like Moses’ rod! :twisted:

      • Joe
        May 23, 2017

        Oh so Shameless is the educated UWP that keep sending out all these negative vibes and even blocking the road????

    • IV CALL
      May 23, 2017

      @ freedom fighter. You mean Blackmore was in the cold? He must be feeling the “heat” now! :lol: :lol: :lol: Next time try hit.

  34. Anonymous
    May 22, 2017

    Based on what evidence is Mr. Blackmoore linking the events to the UWP?

  35. papa
    May 22, 2017

    Blackmoore u all are no example to da u all have no moral give me a break where is linton in his bed he didnt send them and do that

  36. puss
    May 22, 2017

    Just a matter of time. Remember GOD is in control not the LABOUR PARTY.

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