Citizen’s Forum supports David Bruney’s Call for Dominicans to stand up

Athie Martin, member of Citizen's Forum

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.”

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86 Comments

  1. Layou Man
    August 18, 2011

    Athie you have resorted to insulting my intelligence. I was at the forum when the statement was made and believe alli heard was it is time the people of Dominica get up and fight like the thugs and criminals were doing two weekends ago. Mr. Bruney made mention of what he saw on television that same weekend..

    i will not go back to the forum again. But Athie should know that however intelligently he speaks the people of Dominica are not listening to him. He was the one to remind the forum that whilst protestation is useful, they will however need more people with “boots on the ground” according to Eddie to bring the message home.p to now the boots have not arrived.

    Athie where is the water bottling plant you promised. I am sure you will blame Skerrit for your failure to deliver yet again

  2. Alfee
    August 18, 2011

    I must comment on Athie Martin condemnation of the Acting Pm’s and Petter St. Jean’s responses to David Bruney’s call for Dominican to react against the ruling party like the young stars in England. I support the condemnation by these Statesmen. An officer of the court of law in seeking to incite the opposition supporters to violence. My question is where to these supporters is where will David Bruney, Athie and the others be when you resort. One will be in his office waiting to take you case after you have been arrested and the other will be at Beau Bois excluding himself because he wants to secure his good name. I am a youth and I will not cause my record to be tarnish for no ones selfish gain.

    Athie we all know that you worked with labour party to bring the demise of the UWP. Athie you are deadly sour with the Govt because you did not receive the requested payment for the IDP, which I find was really exorbitant. If your heart was so much Dominican as u claim now, what was it when you were requesting the exorbitant price? Athie you are in the citizen forum because you have your motives and hiding under the cloak of Good Governance.

    Athie claimed that freedom of expression is under threat in Dominica. I want to say that the only island in the world to my knowledge where people says what they want, even statements which seek to destroy ones image, is Dominica.

    Athie mentioned that the government has information propagandists. You know athie that the greatest propagandist on the land is the man you hail as the great talk show host Angelo Alleyne. You know that athie.

    Athie you proclaim to be honest. Athie how can you participate in and disseminate wrong information to the public? Athie that changes you want in Dominica will not be. Why? The men around you have thugs who generate stories for sensation and you fall for it. Athie search your conscience. I am sure that you do not want your daughter in Barbados to think of you as loose cannon.

    The govt. gave you an employment to generate employment what about that? So are you adding to the unemployment? What about the water you promised to ship out of Melville Hall to create jobs for the Wesley and Marigot Negga?

    Athie you really let me down.

  3. simple mind
    August 18, 2011

    We remain true patriots.

  4. NOT SOT!
    August 17, 2011

    MARTIN CANNOT FOOL US.
    DAVID SPOKE CLEARLY.
    THOSE WHO HAVE EARS TO HEAR LET THEM HEAR

    • franki B
      August 18, 2011

      I gree Martin cyan fool us since we are already being fooled by Skerro and Tony our ” Fool tank” is FULL.

  5. August 17, 2011

    To the present in-house government party:

    Do you go to negotiate with other countries with nothing to offer?

    Do you not prepare yourselves with strategies, what you should say and what you should ask?
    Negotiators ask questions, some of which maybe to trap you if they have doubts. You answer with such authenticated truth; and so much additional information that should be confidential. Some may consider you save the negotiators time and money to do research that will keep their interest in you and your product.

    Yet on your return the citizens ask questions and what? Are you saying them; they have no right to ask you question and that you know what you are doing when you have no response? Do you think they are deserving of your time to tell them the truth as you did the negotiators you met for the first time?

    Have you, do you and will you sign agreements that will deprive you of your rights and needs and which provide you no benefits?

    If your actions ,in negotiation do not take into consideration, the citizens of the country, who maybe with a hope for better, placed their confidence in you to represent them. However you failing to do so; did you think with time and all else, those results of your actions will continue to go unnoticed?

    Would you prefer the citizens who placed their trust and confidence in you observe such faults only when, but for a short moment, plunging to a point of no escape neither return?
    There they can just look with fear in their eyes and confusion on their faces. However with no time to: say anything, ask anything, fire punches or kicks, nor open their mouths and release curses. No time to repent and maybe grab on to the least in the kingdom promised to them.

    Will you consider the Mercy being shown to the hard hearted citizens by your LORD GOD? So much, He provided another opportunity for them to be warned. Those who have ears to hear, let them hear.

    To those who will hear and believe in His Word : It is written for GOD so LOVED the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have Everlasting Life.

    He opens their eyes , ears and hearts to receive all that He promised. He created with them in mind. He will never forsake them.
    This is Freedom,Love,Peace,Joy,Meekness,Longsuffering,Righteousness,Kindness,Unity,Justice and more. Which of these can you offer? Can you give what you do not have?

    With freedom of choice given to all by Our LORD GOD, you must consider what you build on the Foundation He has built. For all Glory is due to him. He shares His Glory with no man.

    Let the people listen to the warnings without interference. By doing so their very souls may be saved. They are adults.

    Stop the discord. Be Honest

  6. Bellbagay Sa
    August 17, 2011

    These politicians are so dumb that they just can’t conceptualize the high tech changes in information system. I believe thatgo so far all the rioting in the middle east, in Britain etc has all been staged through smart phone communication. Oh Oh I hear they bugging people’s phone now so watch out bloggers and texters. Now I’m taking the opportunity to invite everyone to start texting each other express your dissastisfaction with this lame , worthless and corrupt administration- I will announce the date of the demonstration – a peaceful one
    “The men with scanner they bugging our cellular phone”- remember that calypso.

  7. .............
    August 17, 2011

    Powerful statement Mr Martin… I like that.!

  8. st,joe
    August 17, 2011

    mr.martin be careful wat u wish for.ur asking dominicans to go and kill each other for you and your gang personal agender,if you want to start a revolution why dont tou lennox, bruney and the others throw the first stone.the DLP was put there by the people of d/ca wen we are tired with dem we will tke them out,it wont be done by violence.wen d revolution start it wont be one sided just remember you and your gang have families and we the DLP supporters are waiting for it to start wen ever u all are ready bring it on we’ll c who have the power.

    • Amazed
      August 17, 2011

      Please people where are your brains?

      Get real, grow up!!

    • Eh bien
      August 17, 2011

      Why is it that some folks do not put on their thinking caps before blogging? If one does not understand the written word then ask someone to explain or break it down in simple words for you. Some of us ought to stop attacking the messenger, and get the gist of the message. Citizens Forum is a group of persons, it is not Athie Martin.

    • Lies
      August 17, 2011

      Is Mr. Martin the man responsible for letting AK 47’s into the country?

    • Uncle Dildo
      August 18, 2011

      The DLP was also put there by the people in 1979. Go learn history then wheel and come again

      • 1979
        August 18, 2011

        :)

      • franki B
        August 18, 2011

        My brodah you need to go read spomething – DLP was not placed in government in 1979- if you research before you talk you would not make such an uninformed tatement which makes you appear like an ( you know what). In 1979 there was an interim government lead by OJ Seraphin. In 1980 the Freedom Party came into power with 17 seats with no voting fraud and chattered flights for imported voters.( i had to add this -sorry)

  9. politbureau
    August 17, 2011

    these hypocrites are conveniently forgetting the flak they gave Pierre Charles for exhorting laborites to speak out`fight back`on behalf of their govt.now they talking taken out of context.bunch of opportunists!

  10. LATITUDED810
    August 17, 2011

    I EXPECT THAT SORT OF ADVICE FROM THAT GROUP OF UNPATRIOTIC AND FULLY INSANE MEN IT SOULD BE NOTED THAT OVER 3000 LOOTERS HAVE BEING BROUGHT BEFORE THE COURTS OF LONDON.THE POLICE REALLY CRACK DOWN ON THE PROTESTORS AND LOOTERS. SO THOSE WHO WANT TO BRAKE THE LAW MUST PAY THE PENALTY

    • 1979
      August 17, 2011

      go read the statement from david cameron the british PM then come back with an eye on each side of your head and comment

    • ?
      August 18, 2011

      How is a peaceful demonstration (to express one’s dissatisfaction with the way things are going in the country) breaking the law?

      • 1979
        August 18, 2011

        8) good question, one that the silence seeker are afraid to answer…

  11. sleek
    August 17, 2011

    Consider this, an almost unthinkable scenario: A world without violence. Where no child is abused, no wife battered, no friend raped. A world without terror, without threats, without wounds from intentional actions.

    Where the strong provide for the vulnerable, where the vulnerable become empowered, where every kind of family is safe and secure, and girls and boys and women and men have a fair and equal chance at the pursuit of happiness in a tolerant and talented society.

    A world without violence. Peace.
    We can’t even imagine it. The very thought eludes our grasp.

    Why is that?
    Is it our cynicism, a failure of our imagination, burn-out-disappointment seeing too much reality, gang killings, stalking, rapes, battering, child abuse, too many wars, or is it fear of failure, that we may not be able to be successful in achieving violence free-relationships, peaceful families and empowered communities — are we so afraid to even dare to imagine it and thus unable to even dream it?

    I don’t have the answer.

    But I know that Vision is the ability to see the Invisible.

    To see beyond the violence and yet to place our selves in front of it so we can take compassionate action and create peace that’s my definition of courage.SO Mr.Bruney and his supporters who seem to want to incite violence is PEACE we want and striving for.With people like you it may be difficult but we willbe able to say free atlast from your reptilian brains,God bless Dominica

  12. August 17, 2011

    when well we learn to live in peace and love in the beautiful Nature Ilse, independence and creole Fest is almost around. we need to free up our minds and work for the better good of the Country.

    • 1979
      August 18, 2011

      there is No peace without justice, and alll freedom is never free, it comes at a price. read your history books…the present we are living in will be the history for our children…

      one love truth and justice FOREVER

  13. Red-Antz
    August 17, 2011

    Gross exaggerations for the most part. It’s pathetic really, the lengths that these people are willing to go and the lies that they a willing to propagate to satisfy their obsession with Skerrit and getting him out of office. I cannot say that it is all smooth sailing in Dominica, like every other country, like every other working democracy even the mighty America, our government is faced with tremendous difficulties and no one can deny that there have been errors on their part. But to equate Dominica’s political situation and the status of it’s democracy with Libya and Syria etc… as the “collective opposition” has done time and again is a gross misrepresentation and by no means does justice to the political climate in Dominica.

    What is the oppression of which they speak? They have their very own radio station broadcasting sunday to sunday (there used to be a time when the lord’s day was for rest and reflection). They (opposition operatives) entertain and promote gross disrespect including name calling, defamation of character and even attacks on the nation’s president (behavior not tolerated in the most democratic examples of government) and yet they are allowed to continue to operate without sanction.

    Who are the persons denied opportunities and victimized for airing their opinions? I listen to the opposition radio talk shows constantly and their most vocal contributors are the same few retirees, overseas dominicans, private business owners and disabled people who are generally unaffected by government’s employment or lack thereof.

    David Bruney’s call for Dominicans to replicate the actions of the british thugs, on our streets and businesses must be condemned at all levels. The british riots had nothing to do with a fight for freedom or liberating an oppressed people, they were senseless acts of violence, looting and murder by criminal elements. It is irresponsible for any public or private figure in our society to instigate and encourage such maliciousness, to incite violence against our nation. I do hope that David Bruney will also make his rioters aware of the harsh consequences and lengthy jail terms which the London rioters now face and that he will stand in solidarity and face the law with them or take responsibility for them and their actions.

    The opposition’s criticisms are laced with malice and untruths, tailored to suit the selfish intentions and private agenda of Martin and the likes looking for an opportunity to abuse our democracy and plunder and pillage Dominica.

    My people take heed, the fight here is not for democracy and alleviating the plight of the poor, it’s a power struggle, men who are on the outside looking to get in and take their share, it’s the wrath of a bourgeoisie angry at Skerrit for empowering the poor through scholarships and social programs etc.. and open access to the Prime Minister’s office. They miss the travel, the continental breakfasts, the five star hotels and the whisky.

    CAUTION!!!! don’t be mislead.

    • Tourist
      August 18, 2011

      I do agree with you 100%. Peaceful protest, if warranted, is part of a healthy democracy. Violence on the streets is not, it is a criminal offence. What happened in London has got nothing to do with protesting, it was purely and simply rioting and looting by a few people who took the moment of weakness of the british police to satisfy their greed.
      Why would any Dominican encourage their fellow countrymen to copy these thugs in London? In fact, people like this should be called in by the police and asked to explain their action.

    • FED UP DOMINICAN
      August 18, 2011

      100% in agreement.

      I would back Mr Martin and anyone who I believed are thinking of Dominica and its people, but I believe they are only thinking of ‘Me, myself and I’ and that they are starved of power.

      There are some just itching to get on the streets and reenact what has happened in England, but have they actually thought of who the losers with be, whoes businesses/lives would be affected. Imagine a riot on the streets of Dominica (it doesn’t even bear thinking of).

      Now where will the instigators be, certainly not standing shoulder to shoulder with the common man. What happens when the riots stops, who is going to pay for the repairs, who will compensate the home/business owners, what state will a already fragile economy be in.

  14. smallbutsweet
    August 17, 2011

    As a UK resident who experienced the riots first hand, I would say that anyone who chooses to use these incidents as an example to be followed by others, is either a fool himself or thinks that the Dominican people are fools. Wrecking your own community is not standing up for yourself. If you are not happy with the government vote them out. The children that rioted in the UK are too young to vote and hence objected in the only way they know how. But I can tell you that neither their parents or their community are praising them and Mr Bruney should not be condoning their behaviour either. Mr Bruney, you need to grow up and stop behaving like a spoilt child :-(

    • 1979
      August 18, 2011

      i will never ask for justice….i will take any kick in my backside in PEACE…..ok i take your advice….i hope u practice what u preach

  15. Bull Crap
    August 17, 2011

    I am waiting for the day when Dominicans realize that if u stand for nothing you fall for everything. time and time again in our own lives we see the changes we have to make. if a man or a woman has a partner and they keep hearing time and time again about things that partner doing they will question it. if a company has employees and time and time again the managers hear accusations about a staff member they will question it and ask them selves why.why is it in our own life we want honest answers but yet when it comes to the people we put to lead us we don’t demand answers from them. Am not saying any one is corrupt or anything cause i don’t have any evidence to say so. But their has to come a time when one much seat and ask them selves. why. why all the accusation. how can anyone lead a nation to and uphold the law when your always accused of breaking it. their has to come a time when we say Dominican have to stand and say enough.

    we are a small fragile country, lets not wait for the day when the rugs is pulled out from under us. Cause am telling u here and now. the way this world is going when that day comes and this country fails. We will all suffer and the same people u have high on pedestals that we cant or wont question their leadership because of party or politics. I garantee you their wont be their.

    • 1979
      August 17, 2011

      brother dont cast your pearls. these peoples minds are made up, the best we can do is get out!!! as much as it will break our hearts to do so we have to leave these people to row their boat, i said i have EVIDENCE and i got slammed with 11 thumbs down, so it is clear… do not try and save a man who wants to drown, you will be drowned yourself

      • 1979
        August 18, 2011

        i wont even bother argue this with stiff necked fools….NO ONE is calling for violence…. the price of peace is justice. and those who believe in doing wrong never want to see justice served??? so are you saying to just be peaceful and never ask for justice… to eat sh888t and die peacefully????

  16. Humanist
    August 17, 2011

    Although the Citizen’s Forum put Bruney’s call to arms a la England into context–in other words, they are not endorsing the same rampant looting and violence as in the British riots–I still think it irresponsible and dangerous to reference the riots at all as a course of action in the island. Context or no context, calling people to follow the example of the riots could potentially lead to acts of mad violence, since there is no guarantee that people who are incited by such rhetoric will respect boundaries. People driven into a mob mentality of destruction will, in all likelihood, simply continue to destroy until they are stopped or have toppled their ultimate target, ignoring the many innocent persons, structures, and businesses that will be harmed or themselves destroyed along the way. This is the problem, you see: rioting, once underway, is not likely to just stop at one target and may draw large numbers of innocents into its whirlpool before the rioting is suppressed.

    Furthermore, whereas the British police force is at least equipped to put down their own riots, I would not be saying anything new to claim that Dominica’s own police force hardly has the kind of track record in recent times for us to trust their being able to suppress any large kind of riot–particularly if the police become targets. If this fighting against oppression means literal fighting and destruction, there is a good chance, as I said above, that the destruction will swarm over things and people who are not part of that oppressive regime, and that is partly where the police would be necessary. But I do not know that the police force here can really contain such violence on a large scale. Perhaps they can; but I fear their resources are not sufficient.

    Moreover, it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of revolution, but what about thinking of the results of such fighting, even if the revolution was successful? The economic costs could be severe–Britain faces millions to fix the results of their own riots. It is unquestionable that we need to ask serious questions about where money in Dominica is really going to–few would really deny this–but that does not mean that the island can just spontaneously recover from serious damage. Already, we face huge costs in repairing the damage from the disaster at Layou.

    I am not condemning revolution as a concept, mind you. Sometimes, as history has shown, it is the only way to achieve fairness. But it almost always comes at a cost. I urge those who may take heart at Bruney’s comments and the article above to think of the consequences of their actions before doing them. An idea may seem great in the heat of a moment; but, over time, its being put into action may have far more severe consequences than any involved had considered. Impulse is not the answer, but rather the creation of thought-out, critically reviewed blueprints for a brighter future.

    • 1979
      August 17, 2011

      i have read, and re read your comment, and i agree with it in totality. but where is the indication by this administration that they want to come clean, and that they want to be transparent…. with the claims that are being presented people MUST ask questions, I KNOW of instances of CLEAR misconduct by government officials, WHERE IS THE DEADLINE when will these people be held ACCOUNTABLE…WHEN WILL WE GET ANSWERS….THATS ALL WE WANT, THE SAME JUSTICE THAT IS SO SWIFT FOR THE LITTLE MAN. LET IT ALSO BE SWIFT FOR THE BIG FAT POLITICIAN…..

      • 1979
        August 18, 2011

        OK SO JUSTICE BE SWIFT FOR THE LITTLE MAN AND LET PUBLIC OFFICERS DO AS THEY PLEASE, THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO LIVE ABOVE THE LAW….THUMBS UP THIS COMMENT SINCE IT SUITS YOU ALL BELIEF.

  17. Concerned Citizen
    August 17, 2011

    There is nothing free in a country, a simple study of basic microeconomics will tell us that everything comes at a price. Tax money pays for those so called free programs. On another note there i think the politics in Dominica has gone out of hand, its too much for a small country like ours. There are so many accusations it’s incomprehensible why waste taxpayers money in the courts. The very things that the opposition were accused of doing are the very things it seems the present gov’t are doing. They are poor men too so it seems they can’t resist the honey. Our country is too small for all this fight. Something has to be done, it seems the island is at war. Something must be done or something will do us….concerned citizen

    • politbureau
      August 17, 2011

      the island is not at war ,this is the perception that a particular fraction is doing their best to create.

  18. natural dominican
    August 17, 2011

    how far are we willing to go…it is said that a people true potential is revealed at the brink of destruction…are we willing to let it go that far

  19. REASONING
    August 17, 2011

    Well said patriots,we shall overcome this evil regime.I am prepared to lay my life down as living sacrifice to defend Waitukubuli My patriot brothers and sisters,take courage we will get our just reward,the race is not for the swift but for the ones who will endure to the end.

    • 1979
      August 17, 2011

      brother when I look at people on the street hustling about just trying to make their ends meet…and i think of the privilage that we have endowed unto these men, sons of Dominica, who now treat their people with no consideration, worshipping the dollar and forgetting how their poor mamie had to struggle just like other mothers and fathers are struggling now, to attempt to make a better future for their children….i get physically sick….. i feel weak and almost want to fall on my knees and begg dominicans to DEMAND ANSWERS and to PROTECT THOSE WHO HAVE THE COURAGE TO ASK…. man i need to leave dominica….if this is the way it is, then let those who support it live in it….because i cannot bear much more…

      • DE CARIBBEAN CHANGE,
        August 17, 2011

        It happens in big America too, people hustling to make ends meet, so what is your point, disgruntled 1979?

      • 1979
        August 18, 2011

        is that your justification for everything??? it happens in america too….. so when a child is molested, do we say it happens in america too??? god you people need to examine yall heads…….even though i dont agree with something i remain open to it, and think and look at it from different perspectives. I criticize my own thoughts sometimes. but you people just see everything in black and white, blue and red or green or whatever…..
        apart from political issues, there are HUMAN issues, LIKE THE TRUTH, HONESTY, JUSTICE. DONT YOU THINK that if we can be so eager to punish a man for stealing a bottle of rum from a shop. that we should be even more eager to punish a public figure seeking to pocket government funds??????? as a HUMAN BEING…ANSWER THIS PLEASE…

      • 1979
        August 18, 2011

        PATHETIC YALL CANT EVEN RESPOND TO MY LAST COMMENT…SHOWS HOW MUCH OF SAUL’S YOU ALL ARE

    • WIKILEAKS
      August 17, 2011

      DPF, pleaase put a look out for Reasoning…he is calling for violence…He is willing to sacrifice his life….He is a suicide bomber…Watch this man

      • 1979
        August 17, 2011

        and you are a political hit man, do you job which u so obviously have been paid to do….lick the butter from the corner of your lips

      • Laughable
        August 17, 2011

        Oh and you 1979 must be an arse hole, eh?

        Butter from lips?

        How about you picking the tripe from between your teeth!!

    • Anonymous
      August 18, 2011

      Reasoning is so we waiting for allyou.ALL BOOTS ON THE GROUND WAITNG FOR THE ANTI GOVERNMENT FOOLS.

      • 1979
        August 18, 2011

        OOOOOOOO WE’RE SO SCARED…… do u know that there are worse things than death????? for example living as a slave….. seeing you wife and daughter bought and sold, raped as their captives please. could u live with that??? could u live in a society where the truth is UNACCEPTABLE. i never liked america, but you know one thing we can adopt from them/????? EVEN THE PRESIDENT CAN BE IMPEACHED, THERE IS NO ESCAPE FROM JUSTICE FOR ANYONE. thats what i like about america, though i cant stand americans

  20. 1979
    August 17, 2011

    Dominica, i love you soo much, i know so much about the corrupt practices that going on…I have PROOF….but who can I tell when there is nobody I can trust…….I dont know who is who
    and what is what…..BUT I HAVE FACTS…..AND I KNOW THAT IF I POINT A FINGER IT WILL BE MORE DANGEROUS THAN TO POINT A GUN, i dont want to say these things here on DNO. but it is sad, my heart is so broken many times over when i see the faces of poor people, honest dominicans going about their daily lives, not knowing what is going on, i am ready to flee from here because sometimes i feel so hopeless and helpless in my beloved dominica. somebody help me to get this stone off my chest…..DNO, IPO, CFFGG….ANYBODY PLEASEEEE….

    • 1979
      August 17, 2011

      no amount of thumbs can hide the truth…. and i WILL find a way to get this load of my chest…..by any means i will…

    • WIKILEAKS
      August 17, 2011

      Tell Lennox, he is the jack of all, master of none.

      I sure bet he can save you.

      • 1979
        August 17, 2011

        MAYBE YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE TOO???? this is my inclination to all the thumbs down, and all the comments against my plea to be heard.
        no one can escape the truth, so carry on my friend.

      • 1979
        August 18, 2011

        WIKILEAKS your head is so far up your you know what, that u cant even comprehend that this has nothing to do with politics…..this is a matter of TRUTH AND HONESTY, by the people who should hold those principles to the highest standard….. but operate under a cloak of stealth and silence and surrounded by operatives like you WIKILEAKS.

    • DE CARIBBEAN CHANGE,
      August 17, 2011

      Stupid,you got poor people in America, homeless, hungry people in America, struggling people in America, struggling dominicans and caribbean people in America, so what is your point, 1979?

    • Anonymous
      August 18, 2011

      1979 YOU TO WICKED ALL OF ALLYOU.YOUR WICKEDNESS WILL FOLLOW YOU ALL WHERE YOU GO.MAYSHASTAY.

      • 1979
        August 18, 2011

        LOLOLOLO HAVE YOU RUN OUR OF AMMO??? I CAN TAKE EVERYTHING UVE GOT. SO GIVE ME YOUR BEST SHOT.

      • 1979
        August 18, 2011

        LOOK IN YOUR BACKYARD you’ll be sure to find plenty wickedness there….

  21. lemley
    August 17, 2011

    I support progress, progress for people who wants to work; I believed the government should be employing 90% of Dominicans on the State house project. Look at SVG building there terminal building for the international airport, the government employ 800 Vincentian, they put their people first. Why can we do the something put our people first …

  22. Anonymous
    August 17, 2011

    Amen to that!!!!!

  23. ver
    August 17, 2011

    Athie, what do u want people to stand up against. Dominicans are not foolish as you may think. We all know your story. Do you want poeople to rise up against. free textbook, busfares, free eye care, housing, better roads just to name a few.

    All the money you made during the whaling issue how much did you spend in Dominica. What have you contributed to Dominicans. Not even a scholarship. And the rest of your associates who have nothing to contribute toward society. Always remember we are not stupid and will not follow you all.

    • Patriotic Dominican
      August 17, 2011

      Alas Alas I sympatise with you (VER) when illiterates like you speak how can Dominica go forward. It appears to me that you need to go back to Grade 3 to do more English and Comprehension as you cant comprehend what you read. Alas Alas Right now all our so called educated people like you turning out to be educated FOOLS.

      • 1979
        August 17, 2011

        amen to that….. when people know better but insist on doing wrong, there are many words to describe that words like WICKED, EVIL, SELLOUT, TRAITOR those are the words that come to my mind….

      • WIKILEAKS
        August 17, 2011

        Patriotic Dominican is another politically stupid uwp….the ALAS, ALAS is for you.

      • Concern One
        August 17, 2011

        Here we are saying how much corrupt this Govt is but we can’t accept anothers opinion. We want an elected Govt to be forced out of power through violence but it is ok. It appears that as long as one doesn’t support the others opinion he is an educated fool. My brother or sister, what does that make you.

        There are things that this Govt. are doing that I do not agree with, likewise there are things that they are doing that i support. To call for and or make reference to what is going on in England as a means to get reid of the Govt. is wrong.

        There are many who do not support the Govt. and there are many who do. I can assure you that if election would be called right now in DA, the DLP will be voted back in Govt. Let us all do the right thing and use our votes to bring change in DA.

        The problem is in DA right now is that from election 2000 the country remained in the same mode. Lets all work to make a better DA.

      • FED UP DOMINICAN
        August 18, 2011

        You have just read the comment by VER and yet you still choose to call him/her illiterate. Do you know the meaning of the word ‘illiterate’.

        It means: One who is unable to read or write, NOT one who does not have the same point of view as you.

        Oh and its SYMPATHIZE, NOT sympatise.

        Usually, I would have just read your comment and given it the thumbs up/down, but I’m getting so pissed with all the derogatory name calling when someone dares to disagree with a comment.

    • REASONING
      August 17, 2011

      Ver,did Athie run away from Waitukubuli with the money u said he made?Where did he spent it?U are one of those who likes freeness so much that when given a crumb thinks u have gained something.UWP gave free text books too,have u forgotten?They built roads and so did all past governments.I guess u are blinded by the so called eye care.Will u question Skerrit and his clan about their contribution to Waitukubuli to deserve the right to hijack the governance of the country?

      • DE CARIBBEAN CHANGE,
        August 17, 2011

        Reasoning, Athie is talk and no substance. Can’t you see?

    • DE CARIBBEAN CHANGE,
      August 17, 2011

      Well said. Second the motion, ver.

  24. The real ...
    August 17, 2011

    “Never in the history of the Commonwealth of Dominica has there been an atmosphere of fear for the freedom of expression as exists today.”

    Really? Try turning on the radio… or the newspapers…. Freedom of speech and expression is quite well and alive in Dominica. You think that you should be able to say what you wish about the Government and that they should NOT rebut? Then u talk about freedom of speech

    U guys fail to realise it goes both ways… Freedom for anyone to call the radio stations 24/7n and call Government officials all kind of voleh/ corrupt/ inept/ blah blah… But when they exercise their own freedom and reply to you..you get upset and ask people to take up arms?

    Bunch of babies you lot are!

    • WIKILEAKS
      August 17, 2011

      The Real, you mean you want another talk show…how many we have again????

  25. Mary joe
    August 17, 2011

    Remember these words well Mr. Martin, “Fear is de enemy” that is so true. but tell me have you or Mr. Bruney ever lived in the UK long enought, to bring up Children esecially BLACK BOYS? I bet NO, I have lived in the UK and brought up three Black Sons, I can tell you that was not an easy task, as a young Black Male, or a Black male in the UK, your life is a hell hole, where the police is concerned, Black Men and Boys are stopped and sewached for no reason, then taken to the Police Station where they are stipped searched, and held naked for hours, Black men are the last to be given Jobs,and at the Jobs they are treated like s**t, Jermaine Defoe, is a Famous Footballer who plays for England his father is Dominican, gets stop more times than he care to say, becasue he is a black man driving a very very expensive Car.
    What is going on in the UK you or Mr, Bruney have no bloody idea, you men like to talk for talking sake, stop talking and do some work, you so call MEN in Dominica, start working to make Dominica a better place. Get off your BUTTS and WORK, yes WORK, talk is oh so cheap!

    • 1979
      August 17, 2011

      so what exactly are you trying to say?????

      • RMA
        August 18, 2011

        You 1979, what have you done for Dominica? Please answer that simple question. When next election come around I pray that UWP win cause you and opportunist like you after a few months will be on their case too because they won’t pamper to you all needs. All you lazy so and so. Go and find work to do and help build Dominica. I am sure you are one of them that was enjoying the good times of the Labour Party but they have realised that you a leach and cut you off so now you are disgruntle like Arthie,Shawn and all the others.

      • DE CARIBBEAN CHANGE,
        August 18, 2011

        So 1979, you are the Hurricane David that destroyed Dominica in 1979 and now you want to destroy it again in 2011, thirty-two years later. I think we should jail you for 32 years. All that senseless writing you are doing, you don’t seem to have any work to do and living off the trash cans whereever you are. Get a life and a job and stop spewing lava on Dominicans.

      • FED UP DOMINICAN
        August 18, 2011

        1979 oppose/challenge all the comments if you wish, but dont question/belittle someone who has lived and experienced years upon years of life in the UK, someone who can tell you what having a tough life raising children (especially boys) means. YOU have no idea.

        Respect to all who have experienced it, and can look back and feel proud (in including me).

  26. Mann
    August 17, 2011

    Lovely article. Well said.

    • DE CARIBBEAN CHANGE,
      August 18, 2011

      Wouldn’t you say that Dominica is more lovely than that dumb article of Athie? You need to get a life. What can you do for Dominica? Nothing! So, what is your point?

  27. Anonymous
    August 17, 2011

    a very good response from the Citizens’ Forum to the hyperbolic and anxiety-fraught statement of the DLP.

  28. Local investor
    August 17, 2011

    What about that water bottling company that Mr. Martin was supposed to have undertaken?

    I know that he was given a license to explore that water business along with a few foreign investors. As usual, he has failed to deliver. That is what he should be concerned about and not inciting violence.

    • WIKILEAKS
      August 17, 2011

      Why isn’t the Govt giving this water project to the Nassief’s. It seems they are the only investors that are producing. Forget Arthie, he does not know how to produce

      • 1979
        August 18, 2011

        WIKILEAKS you are a disgrace to the name u trying to use…..you should use WIKIPLUGS as it better suits your objective.

        and yes DE CARIBBEAN CHANGE for the worse it seems…..

    • Ras B
      August 17, 2011

      I agree, Mr Martin politics is antiquated and sounds like one in desperation. For all his talk, he was given a gold mine, the water bottling business and even that he has failed to deliver on, Can we citizens for good governance trust him and his bankrupt dated ideas?

    • %
      August 17, 2011

      This is a very powerful statement,and i fully endorse it..We have taken too much under these rogues.

    • Just Me
      August 18, 2011

      I endorse your question to Mr Martin.
      What about the water company that should be in Melville hall to tap water in the river to
      sell,that would give Marigot people work.
      Try to start,we will say a pray so it will start. Still waiting.

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