Police hope for “amicable” end to Salisbury protest

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The police maintained a heavy presence on the scene of the protest

 

Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Claude Weekes, is hoping that commonsense will prevail and the Salisbury protest action will come to an “amicable” end.

Residents of that west coast community have since 2.30 am on Monday blocked the main road linking Roseau and Portsmouth complaining of the poor conditions of farm access roads and other roads in the area.

“We are the police, we have our jobs to do but I am very pleased thus far that no one has been injured,” he said.

He said earlier in the day the police were “confronted with a rain of stones.”

At least one police vehicle was slightly damaged. He described that matter as “unfortunate.”

According to Weekes, it is in the best interest of all parties involved to get the matter resolved soon.

“In the meantime the police are there to maintain law and order in a peaceful way,” he said.

Also speaking to DNO was Salisbury MP Hector John.

He said he was “handled” by the police which caused the protest to turn ugly.

“All we are asking is for the government to come Salisbury and speak to us. We will not move we are fed up,” John said.

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11 Comments

  1. moozie94
    May 11, 2015

    “Apres Bondie, C’est La Ter” is the motto of this country.. No where I am seeing God put first or any love for God. We can’t keep fighting an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth or fire for fire as a means of getting things done. The bigger individual has to show acts of humility . It is hard, but is the Godly thing to do. After all, this is our motto. Dominicans believe or not, have a reputation for being the most loving individuals but it is very shameful to see how we are behaving. Yes, farm roads are deplorable, but there are other means of getting things done in a manner that doesnt hurt innocent people. What about students who were writing exams today, college students sitting their finals, people seeking immediate medical attention! Come on dominicans! more is expected of us as a nation. remember, leadership is behaviour, not position and actions portrayed by us grown individuals are being watched n monitored by the younger ones. what will the future of Dominica be liike?

    • Views Expressed
      May 11, 2015

      Moozie94……I think you stuck in the year `94……where have you been.? It is since the previous election, not this was in Dec 8th that was again stolen, that he people of Salisbury have been asking for their roads to be repaired and they have been promised ever since in utter political terms that it will be done. The government has been playing games fooling about, travelling to places here there and everywhere but NOT Salisbury to witness the deterioration of the road under this Skerrit lead government.
      We know we are being watched that is why we are publicly protesting, what happen to you, can`t you read the message of the protests. How long do we wait again in Salisbury to continue this political victimisation and bully and utter rubbish.
      My people of Salisbury, lets go for it……more protests for our rights, Skerrit and dem boys don`t care.
      Après Bondie ce later…God bless Salisbury and our Par. Rep, Hon John. The struggle lives on.

  2. challenger
    May 11, 2015

    yes it is true you need your roads to your farms but what about other road users? the sick ones trying to get medical help ?

  3. May 11, 2015

    “All we are asking is for the government to come Salisbury and speak to us. We will not move we are fed up,” John said–News Article

    Really and truly this kinds of situations appears to be so silly, much worse when it is the idea of our leaders– Government or Opposition. O Dominica! May God show you His mercy

  4. May 11, 2015

    In solidarity!
    It is about time Dominicans awake from their slumber.
    Wake up Dominiche! Change is a Must!
    Skerrit and “his regime must go!

  5. The ppl
    May 11, 2015

    The police are asking for trouble -?saw that police officer with the chainsaw laughing – this is not a laughing matter – DONT FORGET 1979 – ASK SAVARIN

  6. fed up
    May 11, 2015

    I love to see that, dont give up the fight !!!! Pression on Skerrit, the wheel turning…

  7. Doc. Love
    May 11, 2015

    How does Mr. Weeks expect an amicable solution when the Prime Minister wants to behave like Ramses of Egypt or Castro of Cuba or Chavez of Venezuela. The protest action started since 2.30am this morning and all the protesters have been asking for is that a Minister of Government meet them in Salisbury in order to discuss their problems and agree at a solution. Skeritt has refused to far, he wants the people to travel to Government headquarters. If Skeritt had put his dictatorial behavior aside since early morning, the protest would have been over by now. Skeritt must understand it is the people who have the power, not him. :mrgreen:

    • Ex Da Law ms
      May 12, 2015

      Amen to that He keep forgetting that.Blackmore should choose his words as an ex cop.Blackmore we were trained together and you are not the same person I know.If Dominicans decide to rise up there is nothing the police can do.You and I both know the police is not capable of handling more than one demonstration at a time.A word to the wise is sufficient.

  8. Shaka zulu
    May 11, 2015

    Now is a good time for other communities to start protesting and blocking road. Enough is enough. People can only take so much. All those teachers nurses and firemen busting their behind and cannot build their own homes with their working partners should go on strike. Minister’s building two and three. People scared because is the only job they have and afraid to loose it or be victimized. SSU cannot be everywhere. Let Skeritt find out who still hold power in the country. Not him but the people. Those politicians tend to forget that.

  9. amy
    May 11, 2015

    Don’t give up until you get what you ask for, the police do their jobs and you have to do yours, and you as a citizen have the right to protest if you are not happy with the government,we support you 100%.

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