The Citizens Forum for Good Governance condemns the response of acting Prime Minister, Rayburn Blackmore and that of the Dominica Labour Party, represented by Petter St. Jean, to the comments of David Bruney at the National Emancipation Forum at Layou on Sunday August 7th 2011, as grossly hypocritical and a deliberate attempt to instill fear in the minds of the Dominican people.
With a current affairs reference to recent protest action in England, Mr. Bruney encouraged Dominicans to stand up against what oppresses them and injures their economic and social advancement interests. The Citizen’s Forum fully supports Mr. Bruney’s call particularly in the context of Government’s policy to exclude nationals from employment on major state funded projects like the construction of the New State House.
Never in the history of the Commonwealth of Dominica has there been an atmosphere of fear for the freedom of expression as exists today. Dominicans who do not support the policies of the Labour Party Government are systematically victimized by loss of employment, denial of scholarships for their children, refusal of social assistance and in the case of the elderly couple in St. Aroment, have their house fire bombed in an attempt to murder them on Christmas morning.
Ninety-five percent of the people who call the radio talk shows, criticizing the government, do so under the safety of the radio praying that a Labour Party operative will not identify their voices and to be subjected to the wrath of Labour. The remaining 5% who have mustered the courage to openly criticize the government have been subjected to the most despicable insults by government ministers, advisers and information propagandists. The racist insults made by Anthony Astaphan in reference to persons who oppose the government and the comments made by Charles Savarin, when he referred to Dominican citizens who participated in a peaceful May 29th commemoration rally, as Talibans, are all examples of the Dominica Labour Party’s intolerance to Free Speech.
It is in that context that the Government’s and Labour Party’s response to the comments of David Bruney must be taken. It has nothing to do with the comments made by Mr. Bruney, since they are very well aware of the fact that Mr. Bruney’s comments have nothing to do with the wrath of their condemnation. Mr. Bruney simply issued words of caution to Dominicans to take a look at the events in England and to take heed. He could have made the same reference to the situations in Libya or Syria where brutal dictatorships are brutalizing and massacring their own people – regimes that the Dominica Government takes pride in supporting. But Mr. Bruney deliberately chose England, a country where he spent most of his formative years and which he knows so well.
Therefore, the scare tactics used by the Dominica Labour Party government in their condemnation of David Bruney will not prevent the Dominican Patriots from expressing their thoughts about a government that has evidently abandoned its people and is clearly on a path of destruction. This avenue created by the Citizens Forum for Good
Governance for people to express themselves freely, without fear of victimization or persecution, will continue and this is evident with the recent statements made by former press secretary Sean Douglas and Kim Douglas, the nephew and son of the late Prime Minister, Rosie Douglas, respectively. As more patriots find the courage to speak out and the so-called 29 increases we expect many more condemnations from a regime which has lost its way.
The Citizens Forum for Good Governance is pleading to the government of Dominica and its Labour Party operatives to respect the basic human rights of the citizens of Dominica by allowing freedom of expression on national radio, allow nationals the right to work on Government financed projects, stop the policy of recolonization of our homeland and implement policies which benefit the working people of our beloved Dominica.
With that there will be no need to embark on the politics of fear, lies and corruption. The citizens Forum for Good
Governance calls on all patriotic Dominicans to stand firm and be not afraid of the scare tactics being used by the government to prevent Patriots from speaking out.
In the words of patriot Pat Aaron: “Be not afraid, for fear is your enemy… just as the longest road comes to a bend so too the evil works of evil men bound to, soon to, come to an end.”