Protest action in Salisbury

A section of the road
A section of the road

There is protest action now taking place in Salisbury.

DNO understands the main road linking Portsmouth to Roseau has been blocked in three places.

It appears the protest began when police arrived in the community on Thursday morning to arrest individuals, who were allegedly involved in similar protest action some time ago.

The action by the police is not going down well with residents.

MP for the area, Hector John, during a live interview on privately owned Q95, described the area as a “war zone.”

“The community has blocked the road,” he said, adding that five men were arrested and taken in the direction of Portsmouth.

He said shots, whether blank or live, were fired by the police.

He said the residents will not be intimidated.

“We have been victimized for too long and no level of intimidation or confrontation will scare us,” he noted. “We are there standing for our rights. The entire village is on the highway and we will not back down.”

On May 11, residents blocked the main Highway connecting Roseau and Portsmouth, raising concerns over the deplorable state of farm access roads in the area. The protest was eventually broken up by the police using tear gas.

That protest was deemed illegal by the government and there were warnings that “appropriate action” against those who either participated in or organized the protest, would be taken.

DNO is following this latest development and will publish information as it becomes available.

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159 Comments

  1. belle
    June 11, 2015

    There is something under the nickname of “The Real Facts”. I think that thing need to remove it’s battery and shut up for a while.

    • dominica
      June 12, 2015

      I think you need to take your own advice

  2. Fearless
    June 11, 2015

    Thumbs up to the People of Salisbury for you all bravery and unity…..Get up stand up don’t give up the fight……Behind you guys 10000000000%

  3. Tothepoint
    June 11, 2015

    But please do so in a manner that don’t make your rights unlawful. It’s not a political problem. It’s an infrastructure problem. The government of Dominica is not shaming the country. The ppl are. Those by breaking the law you are forcing the hands of the law on yourself. Skerret didn’t make the law he met it there and have to abide by its power as leader of the country. You the ppl have to organize yourselfs get the necessary permission and have a proper demonstration about the problems affecting you. That’s the law.

  4. Tothepoint
    June 11, 2015

    My fellow Dominicans answer me one question, why is everything in Dominica political or religious. Lets look at a few things.
    FACT: an unplanned protest in any global country is illegal. Yes even in our little island. You can’t just block a major road and think it’s ok. For those of us who have bee or living in another country should know that. If you think am wrong try it elsewhere.
    FACT: Any such disruption would be met with the same result by the law or worst. You will be arrested and charged.
    FACT: The farmers roads may be in poor condition, how is causing disruption and unnecessary cost going to help. There are so many ignorant ppl around and those that know better is fuelling the mess and standing on the wayside laughing.
    My friends and family in Salisbury, I say this to you. Violence breeds violence. If you break the law, expect tobe treated as criminals. Do things right. And for those of you who say they have a right to express their anger,I say yes they bloody…

    • Peace
      June 12, 2015

      OMG!!! Finally, a person with common sense. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your comment.

  5. The Real Facts
    June 11, 2015

    Was your farm access road not repaired? What now? What else do you want? Some of us know who is behind this. You people do not want peace. You are giving me a different perspective about Salisbury people.
    You offend God by your actions. You better not pray to God or go to Church for your efforts are in vain.
    You are not a peaceful people. You are troublemakers, disobedient and rebellious. Either that or you are ignorant, following a leader who is pursuing his own means and ends and your minister who are always out for trouble. God has taken note. You will pay for this and soon enough when you least expect it.

    Hebrews 12:14 – Penalties of Disobedience – Strive for peace with everyone, and for that holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

    • belle
      June 11, 2015

      The Salisbury protest was over a month ago. The police suddenly appeared at 5:30am today to arrest 5 or 6 men for protesting about their farm access road conditions OVER a month ago.
      The rest of the Salisbury villagers were outraged that arrests are being made for exercising their constitutional rights OVER a month later, and as a result they took to the streets in support of their fellow villagers.
      Please read carefully the above news article carefully before you make a baseless comment such as this.

      • dominica
        June 12, 2015

        you not making no sense…so even if it was ten thousand years ago now…are you forgetting the recent arrest of miss nadira lando’s husband by U.S marshalls for a crime he allegedly committed in 1992? how many months ago was that?

  6. island girl
    June 11, 2015

    It would be a wise thing for people to take all the emotions off the table
    and think of who is hurting in all of that melee? Someone name DOMINICA
    it belongs to all of us.While the people of Salisbury has a right to demonstrate
    peacefully.It is not fair to hold the people of other the villages hostage .I agree to demonstrate
    but to block the roads is not the way to go…Cant we get along

  7. Salisburybwoy
    June 11, 2015

    In the words of Bob Marley “Africa unite”. We as Dominicans must unite otherwise we may be disunited by this propagandist government.

    • The Real Facts
      June 11, 2015

      Unite about what, to create trouble and lack of peace? Not everyone thinks like you. Some are peacemakers and want to live in peace; others are not. This is what I see in this protest and those who protest. They lack peace. They do not do this on their own. They have the backing of Linton and their minister. Their day is coming.

  8. dominica
    June 11, 2015

    but who tell allu not to stand up for allu right…d same rights you have I have it to so you cannot want to protest for your right by infringing on mine…we all have right to pass on government roads freely so you cannot block my right while you protesting for yours…if you want to blame somebody for what happen to your grandmother blame your fellow villagers because they were the ones who instigated that response by the police today…the law was broken by the illegal blocking of the road and stone and bottle throwing therefore if you break the law you have to be held accountable…you talking about your grandmother what if a stone or a bottle had get me in me in my head then my child would be making similar statements as yours..allu don’t know nothing about rights allu just blinded by a colour…

    • The Real Facts
      June 11, 2015

      Well stated. I am all for peace and happiness. As a D/can I was brought up in this manner.
      There really is no reason for this protest. They also infringed upon the rights of other Dominicans by preventing them from going about their daily business.
      They are lawless people who prohibit the police from performing their job. They should all be arrested and thrown into prison. It looks as though they are idle people who should get some work to do. If they were busy they would not have time for that.

  9. Peace
    June 11, 2015

    I keep reading all these comments on DNO and on social media that the people of Salisbury were exercising “their rights”. What rights? Where did they get that right to block the main roads, prevent even pedestrians from crossing, and to stone the police when they attempted to unblock the roads? I ask that in the process of cursing me and calling me names that the”loyalist” .. opps, sorry, “patriots” tell me where to find these endowed rights.

    The police came to enforce the arrest warrant for five individuals today. Some residents took it to a whole other level. #Don’tBlamethePolice

    • belle
      June 11, 2015

      If Charles Saverin had rights in 1979, we do too!!!

  10. KID ON THE BLOCK
    June 11, 2015

    `Never knew Matt was so bias and one sided.

    • belle
      June 11, 2015

      Well I ALWAYS knew DBS and KAIRI FM was SOOOO bias and one sided.

    • dominica
      June 12, 2015

      you only now realise that matt is the mouthpiece of the opposition?

  11. Dj Mikey
    June 11, 2015

    That’s what’s up Salisbury people I wish I was there, cause all you know how I am. It would be real war. They need to fix the road, people need to make a leaving.

    • The Real Facts
      June 11, 2015

      You mean “living?” So you too are a warmonger? Well, D/ca has some troublemakers who do not want peace and who do not strive for it. It is not a compliment and is not to your benefit.

    • The man
      February 7, 2017

      Yes DJ Mikey we know who you are, a man who don’t know the difference between Leaving and living.(it will be real war) you are right. On one side leaving and the other side living.
      Stop with your violent talk

  12. Ashamed
    June 11, 2015

    Show your solidarity to the Salisbury people. Enough is enough. I agree with the person who said the entire west coast should bind together and do likewise Go Salisbury people go. One love.

    • The Real Facts
      June 11, 2015

      It would be something else if God sent down his fire and brimstone on the entire west coast. There would be wailing and gnashing of teeth. It may very well happen when you people are waging war against the government, being biased and unfair to him. It is coming!

  13. anonymous2
    June 11, 2015

    Finally some DA’cans with guts. Now if the rest joined in, maybe in the end, things would have a chance to turn around. These people aren’t accepting the subservient position that they have been put in without fighting back. The straw has broken the camel’s back.

    • The Real Facts
      June 11, 2015

      It is all in their imagination and yours. Satan said, “I will not obey and serve.” Peace is not in his nature. This is the identical thing they are doing. Let them be for they are piling heaping burning coals on their heads and they do not know it.

  14. kimi
    June 11, 2015

    First time I hear protest action an police not suppose to be in an area where the protest action is. Smh our people are so ignorant an
    Supporting colour over sense..

    • June 11, 2015

      My good friend , the people’s problem at the first protest was not with the police until the police failed to maintain restrain . This time the police came to war against the people by blatantly infuriating them and later opening fire on the people and tear gas following the arrests of their loved ones .

      • The Real Facts
        June 11, 2015

        You will never see it the other way. They failed to obey the police. Who do they think they are? They deserve to be arrested and imprisoned.

      • September 21, 2015

        This is soi true and it is heard through grapevine tht the tear gas was expired which could cause longterm effects on the protestants. Whether they were right or wrong both are susceptible to war… just give the people what they want…just a beginning of showing skerrit or the government cares about them is beginning. …..

    • Eagle Eye
      June 11, 2015

      when u stop smh i hope u will get some common sense

      • Peace
        June 12, 2015

        Well, he/she has more than you so perhaps you should try catching up before throwing stones.

    • dominica
      June 11, 2015

      I cannot understand how some dominicans stupid like dat nah..all they seeing is colour

    • The Real Facts
      June 11, 2015

      It shows how disobedient and rebellious they are against authority. God will take care of them in time.

  15. kimi
    June 11, 2015

    What rights Salisbury pple standing for? So police
    Arrest some people an that gave Salisbury right to block road.smh very stupid aggument about standin for rights.

    • pink
      June 11, 2015

      well all of that would have been prevented if your ministers in their air condition offices had simply go and speak with the farmers in the first protest.

      and yes these people are standing up their rights ! As Angelo would say go read a book.To be more specific go read books where black people had to fight for their rights so people like you would now be condoning dictatorial ruling!

  16. June 11, 2015

    MP for the area, Hector John, during a live interview on privately owned Q95, described the area as a “war zone.”—News Article

    Whoever is behind that kind of unrest in Dominica–it is not God. I do not understand how a member of Parliament goes behind a Radio Microphone–to declare “its a war zone” is that what he wants for Dominica?

    None of this made no sense from the very beginning! The people of Salisbury are not hurting anyone but their own families–for it is they themselves who needs to go in and out to do their routines for the day.

    Obviously Hector John would suffer no pain in what he calls the “war zone”; for he is well protected behind a microphone at a Radio station–somewhere in Roseau.

    The fact is, while those who are influencing that uproar are hiding behind closed doors, you all are making things harder for yourselves–as you follow their orders– some of you may not even know why you are there, that too is stupidity!

    ADMIN: John was live on the scene of the protest when he did the interview.

    • Eagle Eye
      June 11, 2015

      your comment doh make no sense

      • The Real Facts
        June 11, 2015

        Neither does yours. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    • Francisco Telemaque
      June 11, 2015

      Elizabeth ignorance, and stupidity concealed to one self serves a better purpose than for a person to expose their stupidity for the world to see!

      The people of Salisbury are treated by Skerrit government as if they are not part of our Republic. The commonwealth Republic of Dominica belongs to all of us who are born there, and those who became Dominicans by citizenship, and not through the passport racket!

      Skerrit treats the people of Wesley, Woodford Hill, and Marigot as if we are in a foreign country, and seek to muzzle the voices of the people from those three villages because we reject him at the poles. The issue in Salisbury is about the poor conditions of roads, and neglect of the village infrastructure.

      Do not bring God into this

      • The Real Facts
        June 11, 2015

        You will never comprehend. You are already against DLP – The PM. Therefore, whatever he and his ministers do will never please you. You will always be against them and will agree with those who are against him..
        You should be aware that everyone has an opinion. This does not mean you are more intelligent than they are. You support one Party, they support another. It is obvious you will never see it their way. Be broadminded and understand that.
        You people are being biased. You do not know anything about a good government and voting for that government.
        Those who oppose the government will always be biased and obviously against it. Those who voted for this government are not stupid. Those who support a radical government are the stupid ones.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        June 11, 2015

        Facts, people like you and Elizabeth, and that idiot who’s alias is “laboroflove” can continue to feed Skerrit your energy to help him screw up the country. Let me inform you once and for all, the name of a political, or the people who are involved means nothing to me.

        I do not revere men on earth, especially those who are week, and incompetent. My concern is about growth and prosperity. Any Political Party which can develop Dominica to a point where everybody who wish to become employed can find a job: that is my party!

        Why should I support Skerrit, when Skerrit allowed Ralph Gonzalez to tell him do not build an International Airport in Dominica, because we would be better off refurbishing Melville Airport, and install landing lights that will serve our purpose; while he Ralph, was building an International Airport now in operation in St. Vincent.

        Do you mind commenting on that?

      • PONK
        June 12, 2015

        What exactly are you talking about?? I mean spreading this propaganda makes you feel ok? Which Marigot Rep made strides in the community while they were IN office. I have been going there for 40 years and except for the roads, fisheries and airport upgrade NOTHING has changed. Who are you blaming for this exactly? What have these community Reps been pushing for in THEIR communities? Let’s be real here! Let’s be honest please. Did they ever visit and make proposals for the hospital BEFORE blaming the PM for it’s state? Where is the pride in the community exhibited by the leaders to be the best community- NONE! If you have facts I’d like to hear them. Start first with how the previous government made these villages beautiful! NOT!!!! Thanks in advance.

      • June 12, 2015

        @The Real Facts June 11, 2015

        My handshake is for you, not just because you speak on my side this time–but most of your posts are very sensible and intelligent. As for this individual in question, and those who are with him; they do not need our attention.

      • June 12, 2015

        @PONK June 12, 2015

        If you have read that man’s comments before, you should notice that he has nothing constructive in his mind–he is constantly repeating himself, as he has done in that comment of his above. Or he is speaking personal things which is plagued with lies

        No one is holding a gun at his head to force him to stand with our Prime Minister along with his men and women of government–he has made his choice–but he is too stupid to understanding that we do not want his choice–gush man!

    • Lookingin
      June 11, 2015

      Heffa please get a life why didn’t you ask Skerrit for a ticket to come down when your dad died. you in more misery in Canada than anything else with your poquit rant. What you know about GOD? get a life , let Salisbury people breathe and stand up for their rights

      • Francisco Telemaque
        June 12, 2015

        No, no; I know her personally you see; I visited with her in her home in Toronto, in North York, she entertained me! By the time I got to her place she had some nice Dominica yam and vegetables and fish, cooked very delicious. She is a good cook.

        I drank her beer also, the reality is she is a nice person who gets carried away, and like to gang up on me simply trying to prove that she is smarter than I am. And though I fire back at her, I would not encourage the belief that she lives in misery in Canada, because that is not true!

        The political company she keep is bad, Skerrit is a bad man, so as long as she supports him politically, I will fight her, politically, but I think we are still friends even though I fired her! You watch she is going to respond saying something nasty me eh!

    • Francisco Telemaque
      June 12, 2015

      @The Real Facts June 11, 2015

      “My handshake is for you, not just because you speak on my side this time–but most of your posts are very sensible and intelligent. As for this individual in question, and those who are with him; they do not need our attention.”

      Girl you are crazy you know!

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

      Soon from now you and Facts will turn on each other, fight and choke each other. You all live in the same neighborhood oui, I not be there to separate you two labor queen, puppets of Skerrit, he controls your minds like a puppet on a string!

  17. Dominican Queen
    June 11, 2015

    Your comment is pure ignorance!! You can demonstrate, but you should not block such a trivial road way. What if your family north of the roadblock needed immediate medical attention, and died because they did not get to PHM in time??
    Please, have your say, have your voices heard, but damaging property and blocking the roads is not the right way.

    • Eagle Eye
      June 11, 2015

      if a family north of the roadblock die u buried them stup…please.

  18. dominica
    June 11, 2015

    the police do right…nobody doh tell allu not to demonstrate for allu right but you have to do so in accordance with the law…so if you break the law then you should be dealt with…matters not if you’re arrested on the day of the incident or a million years after as long as sufficient evidence is found…people comit crimes and are arrested years after so congrats on a job well done by the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force

    • pink
      June 11, 2015

      ignorance is on a higher level in Dominica!smh

      • The Real Facts
        June 11, 2015

        And you are no exception. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  19. Francisco Telemaque
    June 11, 2015

    I do not wish to appear as an agitator of civil disobedience; nevertheless, there comes a time when the people of the country must rebel; that was recognized by a former, and late President of the United States, he encouraged such actions. In a democracy the citizens have rights, and when their rights are violated by any government they are duty bound to fight, using every means necessary to get the tyrant government out of office! Blackmoore, the tyrant dictator Skerrit, and his pathetic so called AG, are arresting the victims of the government.

    Weeks ago a lawyer advised the people of Salisbury what to do regarding the expired tear gas the police used on them. To this day we have yet to learn of a single law suite in that regard. Adding insult to the injuries the victims sustained; Skerrit and Blackmoore are compounding the issue arresting the victims.

    Indeed what Skerrit ordered his military forces to do to the people of Salisbury weeks ago is illegal, the arrest of the…

    • Francisco Telemaque
      June 11, 2015

      It will take organizing of the people!

      Be brave people of Dominica, and fight, defeat the evil demon which controls, and direct the actions of that evil dictator. Dominicans like to talk about God, however, there comes a time when God desire people to fight for their rights, and this is one of those occasions when we must fight!

      The people who supports Skerrit’s and agree to the crimes he is committing against the people of the country are as wicked, and evil as he is!

    • The Real Facts
      June 11, 2015

      DNO likes your comments against the government. Yours allows others to comment.
      Anyway the DLP is the government. Whatever you disobedient and rebellious people state does not matter. It makes no difference. Save your breathe and time.

  20. jojo
    June 11, 2015

    A rally is needed to remove this government.No arms no force just have them quietly be removed.

    • The Real Facts
      June 11, 2015

      It would be something else if when you participate in one that God would send down his fire and brimstone. By your words and action, you people are calling for it and also hastening it.

    • June 12, 2015

      And whom, may I ask, do you think has that kind of authority to stand behind this “removing” process?

  21. Marti
    June 11, 2015

    Water cannon should be used to disperse the crowd. Use from the Fire Brigade!

    • The Real Facts
      June 11, 2015

      The police should have done that. You would hear and read what they would say about that and calling them all sorts of names. The problem is, some people do not see and hear themselves. They think they have the right to protest and to stand in the way of other D/cans, prohibiting them from going about their business. The army should have been called in for them.

  22. Dominican Alive
    June 11, 2015

    Our Country has the most ignorant set of people I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Dominica is a democratic country and for that people should be able to express their concerns. Why should these people be provoked a whole month after an incident. So basically the leader of this country is saying no one should disagree with his work. Everyone has an opinion and is entitled to it. They don’t feel their needs are being met by the government and have the right to stand up for it. It goes by saying, if anywhere else in dominica had road issues and they were unable to go to work to earn a living, they might be upset also. But the issue with most of the people home is that, they will remain silent because they need a favor from the government. I support the pal. rep, and his work. Maybe if more people would stand up the country would be better. Keep on going this way, the money earned by the leader will never be shared with all of you who claim his officers are doing right.

    • dominica
      June 12, 2015

      in case you are not aware of the many many cases where crimes are committed but they’re arrested and charged years later then I suggest you do some research…a more recent case is that of the husband of nadira lando(miss dominica 2012) who was recently arrested and extradited to the U.S for the murder of his wife in 1992…im not that good at math but I think that’s more than a month right?

  23. Ponk
    June 11, 2015

    First of all this report is not truthful since it does not say the damaging actions taken by individuals the first time around nor give any real insight. Second I am to believe that every village without a good access road has the right to this kind of hostile behavior. Let’s be clear Salisbury is NOT the only village. There is much development in the country but it appears we are very delusional. The roads all around are far more awesome than they have ever been. The Grandbay road is amazing!! What are we really talking about? Every time we don’t yet have we want we should behave this lawless way. Unbelievable the supporters of this here. The Dominica rainfall far exceeds anywhere else in the greater Caribbean and we will be constantly be shelling out money on roads. Does EVERYTHING truly have to be political? Is this the ONLY WAY Salisbury can do things? Fair enough if one wants to stick to one’s convictions but this is NOT the way and it will not be tolerated.

  24. Kyatrine
    June 11, 2015

    Hmmm… Interesting how intimidation has become the norm.
    Cya cosign on that tal.
    That’s it, gloves are off.

    If the gov’t feels, that’s how legitimate grievances should be dealt with buya…

    No Bueno DLP…I’m off the fence

  25. KID ON THE BLOCK
    June 11, 2015

    Create all you all unrest in the country like the country belong to you All. When you all finish go on Q95 and cry to Matt as if he will save you All.

  26. cc
    June 11, 2015

    It seems that protests and free speech, are not allowed under a dictatorship administration like what we have in DA.

    • dominica
      June 12, 2015

      the fact of the matter is that Salisbury is and forever will be a blue constituency so nothing the government does will satisfy them and that is why they will always continue to shift the goalposts whenever the government scores..for the salisbury people its all about colour not development…allu wanted road allu getting road allu still protesting…why allu feel allu must break the law and endanger the lives of others in the name of “standing up for allu rights” …you havent got more rights than me so why must you endanger my safety while I trying to pass on government highway and yet you feel that your actions was justified…you’re worried about the effects on the elderly and very young residents of your constituency and rightly so but you seem to have to have the belief that their lives are more important than that of everyone else in the country..every life is equally important

  27. June 11, 2015

    Totally condemns actions of the police . This situation could have been handled in a more amicable way , by summons being issued to persons who they felt were part of the protest rather than the war-like manner . I feel for the people of Salisbury and feel that we as a nation in time have an obligation to call in to assist our friends , cousins , brothers and sisters , nieces and nephews , grand parents alike . This is a political war against the people of Salisbury as was announced by Mr Blackmore in parliament . Don’t blame no one for the out come , but the ones who is to blame .

    • The Real Facts
      June 11, 2015

      Each one has a right to his/her opinion. The only ones who are correct are the ones who strive for peace and who do not create a disturbance and disrupting other nationals in their everyday business. They know how to address and handle a situation with dignity and class without creating a melee and protesting.

  28. Jon
    June 11, 2015

    Ok. There is a warzone in Salisbury (Dominca) and the nation station is not reporting on it. It is as if nothing is going on in Dominica- is this place becoming a dictatoriship. Then Kimora talks of “empty pursuits” and to do something that matters. Maybe the people are engaging in something that matters by standing up for thier fellow citizens! I am hearing that there was some problem a month ago and an entire month later people are being arrested. What took so long and where is Mr Weeks (the policeman) to update us on what is happening???. At least Q 95 was giving us a little info – now they have shut them down – when people do not have access to communication of thier choice, that is a sign of dictatorship. What is happening in Dominca????

    • The Real Facts
      June 11, 2015

      Why did you not make a telephone call or send an email? You would know what is going on.
      It is a shame what these people have done.

  29. fed up
    June 11, 2015

    what have we become in Dominica. We can no longer speak up or stand up? A real shame. I remember my T shirt Axe that Act when I was but a little girl and the country was shut down for over 40 days no one was subject to this criminal behavior from the administration of the day. This administration comprises of a bunch of cowards who are masking behind the police, but always remember 99 days for the thief and 1 day for the watchman. Fly you kite

  30. Care
    June 11, 2015

    salisbury is not protesting! Salisbury is under attack! The elderly , kids, babies ! Do we care!!!!

    • The Real Facts
      June 11, 2015

      What about those whom the Salisbury protesters prevented from going about their business? They are the ones who were under attack. Anyone who supports those protesters are unfair, some without knowing what is occurring. They are unrealistic.

  31. dj
    June 11, 2015

    All u people need to stop this nonsense!!! You all protest n when tings get out of hand all u don’t expect d police to show up!!! As a proud Dominican I condemn all this crap because its affecting everyone!

  32. June 11, 2015

    How will the UWP govern if it gets in to office using violence and intimidation? The leader has already surrounded himself body guards, is that a sign of things come. One would be foolish to believe that with a UWP administration all oppossition and civil disobedience would cease and that everything would be Utopian. How will a UWP administration deal with civil unrest, because there will always be issue. The bullishness of the UWP would indicate that itwould not stand for anything that would appear, to challenge its authority and it would be safe to assume that a level of oppossition suppression would be part of their rule.

  33. Sane
    June 11, 2015

    Rights, you have the right to be stupid but do you need to be that moronic??
    when you get arrested you get a lawyer, not block the road and riot.
    Salisbury people just made their situation worse. The matter has now moved to the courts but they still on d road.
    More arrests will follow. I am hoping some serious jail time will cool some heads

  34. Just so you know
    June 11, 2015

    “terrorist act” means – (a) an act that involves a violent act or an act dangerous to human life, property or infrastructure and such act is intended or, by its nature and context, may reasonably be regarded as being intended to- (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of any Government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, kidnapping or hostage taking; (b) an act intended to cause death or serious bodily injury to a civilian or any other person not taking an active part in the hostilities in a situation of armed conflict and such act is intended or, by its nature and context, may reasonably be regarded as being intended to- (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of any Government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, kidnapping or hostage taking; (c) an act that constitutes an…

  35. CYRIL Volney
    June 11, 2015

    You need your head examined!

  36. nonesense
    June 11, 2015

    people not against demonstration, but when you burst the screen of my vehicle on my way home and say you demonstrating for your road to fix. What about my rights and safety. then when the police come after you for the mischief all you do people saying is demonstrate all you was demonstrating leave them alone. So what about me. I must cower and accept it. HECK NO

  37. praying
    June 11, 2015

    Let us pray for our country. #prayforDominica.

  38. Shameless
    June 11, 2015

    Oh hell NO!!! Carbon and the DLP Cabal cannot be serious. Mark my words, this is the begining of the end for the DLP Cabal. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    Assertive, NOT Aggressive!

  39. Doc. Love
    June 11, 2015

    FIFA and the Dominica Football Association should be very concerned. The Vice President of the WICB works for the Government and is a very close of the Prime Minister. A cricket test match was allowed to take place for three days with no problems. An international football match is about to take place today, people of Salisbury are arrested for an incident of approximately one month ago. FIFA should investigate that move by Government. I smell a political rat.

  40. June 11, 2015

    The leaders are instigating people to engage in violence,but they and their families are never part of the protest.

  41. KID ON THE BLOCK
    June 11, 2015

    Did you hear the leader of the opposition on the Salisbury situation this morning? A man who wants to govern Dominica? shame! Lennox wants to get into power by the barrel of a gun by all means but he must be careful what he is looking for; it’s gonna be 17000 against 25000.

  42. AVLIM
    June 11, 2015

    In my point of view…..the both parties are wrong. Firstly…Blocking of the roads were not the ideal way to deal with the situation. But after a month,….why provoke the people by sending police to arrest them instead of taking your wrong and fixing the problem. Ignorance on both sides cannot work. Its working together that creates a team structure. BOTH PARTIES ARE WRONG. The Gov need to stop acting like they own the country and we have no say….and the people need to find constructive ways to deal with their issues. we are no longer primates. Stop acting like it!

  43. The ppl
    June 11, 2015

    The ppl has to fight back – their backs are against the walls by the police – you fight , fight for the rights of your children , the police is corrupt and need to go also – the time is now for the ppl to topple this government

  44. Tampa
    June 11, 2015

    I am calling on the church leadership – bishops, priests, pastors, the DAIC, DHTA, unions and what is left of the civil society organizations to intervene immediately before this gets beyond repair. You have a responsibility to intervene at this stage. Failure to do so will be to your detriment and that of the nation. We do not want more violence so please do something.

  45. Tampa
    June 11, 2015

    Mr. Skerrit, I am calling on you to intervene in this situation before it is too late. If you allow this to continue and it turns fatal, the blood of the country will be on your hands. What is so difficult about having a dialogue with the people? You promised it and never delivered. Instead you send the SSU to arrest citizens thus adding more fuel to the fire. Good leadership would have met with the people and not allow the situation to escalate to where it is today. We do not want a repeat of 1979. You are in the best position to prevent this. Stop using the police to deal with a situation that calls for dialogue. You are putting the police in an uncomfortable situation since they have to obey your government’s orders. Show that you are a leader by calling off this assault and go meet with the people. You have the authority to diffuse the situation. This is what true leadership is all about.

  46. June 11, 2015

    I am listening to two different radio stations on the island and the reporting are so very different about the same situation, I believe it is the same situation the two radio stations are reporting about right? Or is there two different situations that we the public know nothing about? Interesting.

  47. Moine Meme
    June 11, 2015

    i am soooooooooo proud of the salisbury people.
    I AM PROUD OF YOU GUYS.

    DON’T BACK DOWN IN THE FACE OF NAKED AGGRESSION

  48. June 11, 2015

    so d police cannot make arrests when the law is broken???…stupessss salisbury ppl too damn political

  49. Dominic
    June 11, 2015

    Salisbury people all u have to let of some led doh back down

  50. AA
    June 11, 2015

    The people need to defend themselves by any means necessary. If Dominicans allow this to continue and to allow the government to continue to mismanaged the country resources. The people should now arm themselves and defend themselves with whatever that they can muster up.

    The police is contributing to the injustice and they will pay dearly for that nonsense. the people from Marigot needs to block the airport and the people from the south needs to block the south, shut the country down.

    • Caribbean Yute
      June 11, 2015

      It is true…..the people have rights,they have don’t have to suffer from this injustice…. However this is a main road, people commute on this road to make a daily bread,visit sick family etc…So they will have to edit their strategy a little and think how it will affect other citizens

    • Sane
      June 11, 2015

      AA, your DNA must be identical to that of a donkey !!

      • dominica
        June 12, 2015

        hahaha…sadly he or she is not the only one…there are a lot of them commenting here or at least they trying to but then they automatically end up just braying because thats all a donkey know how to do

    • Just so you know
      June 11, 2015

      Fighting words there AA

    • Fummy
      June 11, 2015

      AA, is the same people that put him in power a few months ago, so sorry to say “LET THEM TAKE THEIR BLOWS, they think it would have gotten better, IN THEIR FACE… I am just sorry for the innocent

    • June 11, 2015

      your statement is very irresponsible, shut down the country, who is going to suffer?

      There is a way to conduct oneself and effectively express your point across and needs, this is sort of behavior is not going to benefit anyone.

      Stop and think before you write, or maybe you are not capable.

  51. June 11, 2015

    I am listening to two Dominica radio stations at the same time. It is amazing how the reporting can be so entirely different about the same situation.

    • June 11, 2015

      Well it would be good to know the difference. Why don’t you tell us a bit of it?

  52. wesley too
    June 11, 2015

    These people are ignorant, wicked, and they need to arrest all of them and teach them a lesson.

    The support I had for you is lost by your wicked actions.

    • The Youth Have Mouth Too!!!
      June 11, 2015

      Is allu dem hungry labourites that will talk!! Who in d kitchen feeling d squeeze!!! who that start it? Salisbury ppl started fighting with themselves then? No! allu flipping Prime Minister that send them and all now he out of state? They need to send bomb in all of allu mouth! SHUT UP! I am fed up with this rubbish that you all are talkin now!!

    • grell
      June 11, 2015

      Oh shut the hell up go and live in Russia and get gas,the people have a right to protest they are suffering .You dont know how hard these people have worked over the years for what they have.Skerrit wants them to come to the red clinic instead and beg him and hell no they refuse so before you call them names take a look in the mirror,Salisbury people am with you and SKERRIT MUST FALL.The almighty are with them and they will win the battle.Wickedness has never prosper read history of all the dictators and how their lives ended.

    • Dominican Alive
      June 11, 2015

      Don’t through stones when you live in a glass house. You cannot cannot call these people names when you yourself may fall within the same category. However, what lesson will they be taught? Standing up for their rights shouldn’t be done? You may have road access to your job, but maybe they do not. Think before you type, because you basically described yourself in all of these words.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      June 11, 2015

      Boy, I have a strong feeling I know who you are, and I must let you know I feel very, very sorry for you. If you are the person I know, I am more than disappointed in you. Time will tell; your days of regrets will hunt you!

      You are playing into something bigger than you and your mother does not even understand; it will return to hunt you both. Call me old man again if you wish, but learn this my words never falls in the dust.

      If you are the one I know; be advised perhaps you would be much better off getting an sound education, so that you will not put yourself in a situation where people; such politicians can use you up as they have done to your mother, just an advise of caution!

    • SalisburyMatters
      June 11, 2015

      Wesley find your dictionary and please look up the definition of the word ignorant and wicked..You’re the ignorant one you stupid fool.. What the pigs did this morning assaulting my 88 year old grandmother’s house with tear gas and having her unresponsive with blood dripping down her nose was that the right thing to do?? Things like this happens in communist countries.. I never knew Dominica was a dictatorial country that is being ruled by a dictator. He’s persecuting my people because they expressed themselves.. They had the right to protest.. Had the right to stand up to injustice.. DOMINICA is a democracy country…I am not from DOMINICA I AM FROM SALISBURY… STAND STRONG SALISBURY..DON’T BE INTIMIDATED

  53. June 11, 2015

    All I can do is ask God to put a hand on this suffering people in this country and remove the Uzziahs from the position they are in which keeps the people from progressing whilst they’re getting filthy rich . The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of moral crisis maintained their neutrality .

    God save our country . Deeply saddened and concerned .

    • Francisco Telemaque
      June 11, 2015

      God want people to fight fro what is right also!

  54. j
    June 11, 2015

    When is this going to end dominica is all of us own why the fighting uwp lost thats it u can come in power by overthrowing d government take your IF your time come u will b stupes if the men r nt guilty of watever dey will b free stop kill d country

    • anonymous2
      June 11, 2015

      This has nothing to do with the UWP.

  55. Cheryl
    June 11, 2015

    Salisbury people made their beds, let them lie in it. Hector John I blame you 100% for all what is going. And don’t try to blame the security minister. Any thing that happens will be on you. You are misleading the people, waste of time Pal. Rep

    • The Youth Have Mouth Too!!!
      June 11, 2015

      Look here! there is only one person who is to blame! n is allu flipping Prime Minister….Hector John has no blame to take! If is that them Mr Bentley Royer…d past person who went up for Labour in Salisbury have blame to take too! Because the very first time they protested he stood with them! So shut ur hungry up! Anything that happens is Skerrit and his team fault!! What he running away for? Stupess!! Pure Rubbish!

    • grell
      June 11, 2015

      Your a waste too,the people have a right to protest.

  56. June 11, 2015

    Interesting. DNO I have not read where you have spoken to the Police for the reader to read the comments of the other side. That is one side reporting.

  57. Peace
    June 11, 2015

    Stand up for your rights!!!

  58. %
    June 11, 2015

    They were just waiting for the Australians to leave. Dont be intimidated.Roseau need police patrols, not Salisbury.

    • Peace
      June 11, 2015

      Aren’t the Canadians there for football?

  59. brinsley
    June 11, 2015

    hHeckle is a bin-laden kin of guy, if you notice the trend with him, 511, now 611 well I go not want to know wa go happen by 911

  60. Country Woman
    June 11, 2015

    So all still have not seen the country in trouble? Dominican let us pray.

    • brinsley
      June 11, 2015

      Heckle is in trouble with his blatant confrontation of normalcy in the country

  61. dominican overseas
    June 11, 2015

    Blocking that road is not hindering the government in any way, it’s only hindering the ordinary people from going about their daily routine. If you have to protest you should do it where it will be most effective,foe example outside the statehouse or other government buildings where they will feel it the most.

    • brinsley
      June 11, 2015

      contrary, if it hinders the people, then it gravely hinders the governing

    • popper
      June 11, 2015

      You make no sense as your suggestion has already been done. All that is going to happen is that the police will arrive and arrest everyone. Sometimes peter has to pay for Paul. Sometimes desperate measure have to be sought.

      • The Youth Have Mouth Too!!!
        June 11, 2015

        If all Dominicans come together then the Police force would not have enough people to handle that….soo all there is to be done is…at least every constituency have a protest and shut down the entire country including all harbors and airports…So nothing comes in and nothing gets out….if that is done… the police force for sure doesn’t have enough people to go all around dominica and arrest…that is the only way i see something will happen for them to hear…SHUT DOWN D DAMN COUNTRY

      • Dominican Queen
        June 11, 2015

        What desperate measures?? This is ridiculous! Why is the GOVERNMENT (don’t care who in power) responsible for roads of PRIVATE land?????????
        Absolutely nonsense!!!

      • anonymous2
        June 11, 2015

        Better to keep it as scattered as possible, not centralized.

    • Bias should be a crime
      June 11, 2015

      So because the police came to arrest some people for questioning a village have to cause a riot? Because that’s exactly what’s happening here. That’s a war between the police and the people. It’s funny how Hector John did not say what started this in the first place. Let the police do their jobs. Stop that nonsense because of politics

    • Poverty
      June 16, 2015

      The people are so poor they can’t afford to come to the 30 Million Dollar State house to protest. They have lost their livelihood. They can’t access their farms. They can’t feed their children and they are too proud to go begging to the Prime Minster for crumbs while lives in mansions, and travels the world on the VAT that these poor people pay.

  62. Doc. Love
    June 11, 2015

    Marigot and Wesley what are you going, be careful, you might be next.

    • anonymous2
      June 11, 2015

      Everybody will get their day.

  63. Shaka zulu
    June 11, 2015

    My blood is boiling.

    • Anonymous
      June 11, 2015

      Too bad… No one cares

  64. Lougawoo Mem
    June 11, 2015

    Wise-up, rise-up my people for the hour is at hand to free-up your country. If you believe in dictatorship, support the current regime and watch the country go down. But if you believe in true democracy, stand up against the tyrants who are bend on taking the country to Hell. Good must prevail over evil

    • Dominican
      June 11, 2015

      With Salisbury and Marigot? What if the rest of the country decide to defend the government they voted for? Just wait.

    • Dominican Queen
      June 11, 2015

      The ignorance on DNO is overwhelming. What kind of foolish advice are you giving. Remember, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. So if you are telling the now none supports of the government to cause a war in the country because they don’t like the government, then you are saying the same to the opposition of the next government.

      I swear, is as if all you people living overseas just as ignorant as the sh*t that going on now in the country.

    • anonymous2
      June 11, 2015

      There will be no easy way out.

    • The BITCH
      June 11, 2015

      It’s obvious lack of intelligence why they don’t see right and wrong and the injustice that is being done. When is it ever okay for any man to have such power? Why is it okay that your rights are being taken from you by men? Wake up Dominicans ask yourself what has your chosen leader done for your country? How can you continue to support the wrong that is being done? How can you continue to be loyal to a man that is running your very country into the ground? But I tell you when you dig one hole for someone you should always dig one for yourself.

      • pink
        June 11, 2015

        the only thing that government is doing in increasing their wealth while ordinary stretch the $2 they receive at the end of the month to survive.
        Those farmers only asked that the government to fix the feeder roads so that they can eat bread and oil yet that malicious government refuse to do so.

  65. Kim
    June 11, 2015

    my people lets stand up for our Rights…I’m asking my people lets stand up … Rise my people Rise

  66. Yea
    June 11, 2015

    Bravo coco! Things ah go crucial, down in a Babylon

  67. Ryan
    June 11, 2015

    All Dominicans with a concern mind should take the streets the entire west coast should be shut down ,,, I am willing and ready

  68. Ragodor Agodo
    June 11, 2015

    Rise-up, wise-up my people for the hour is at hand to free-up your country. If you believe in dictatorship then, support the current regime and watch our beloved island go down. But, if you believe in true democracy, stand up against the tyrants. Good must prevail over evil.

  69. sandra
    June 11, 2015

    Why dont the Government and the police leave the Salisbury people alone.. What point do you all want to prove. Just fix the road because thats why you were employed. .

  70. PRICE BALL
    June 11, 2015

    SALISBURY DONT SURRENDER.BOOTS ON THE GROUND.

  71. Doc. Love
    June 11, 2015

    Please, Skeritt, today is not the day for that action. We are not over the Australian matter yet. The Canadian press is in Dominica, use some common sense. What if the people of Marigot and Wesley show solidarity with the people of Salisbury, don’t forget they too, voted against your Government, I hope you have other means of getting the Canadians out of the Island.

    • Dominican
      June 11, 2015

      What is the rest of Dominica show solidarity with the government? After all they voted the government

    • Bias should be a crime
      June 11, 2015

      Maybe you should tell that to the Salisbury people

  72. KID ON THE BLOCK
    June 11, 2015

    No nonsense this time. It’s gonna be 17000 against 25000. Arrest from captain to cook. D pal rep first.

    • Analy Thomas
      June 11, 2015

      Looking from the outside I feel a lot of anger and tension in your tones. Let’s all calm down and think critically. Agriculture was murdered! Marigot, La Plaine, Wesley, Salisbury, Woodfordhill, Calibishie, Coulibistrie and many other farming villages have suffered over a decade of misery. Already farming has no support and to add salt to the wound, the roads are totally dilapidated. Their homes to support, loans to service, vehicles to license, fuel to purchase and now because of the bad roads parts to buy! You are unreasonable Dominicans. The only reason you talk like this is because you are not in their shoes. While i do not support violence, how much can one person bottle up?
      What went wrong on the day of the first protest is that no one showed up to represent the government on time. Hence it escalated! Who is to be blamed? To show that the people have no voice, a convoy comes to arrest already angry people! You get the point? What would make it worst is to bring outside forces.

      • Analy Thomas
        June 11, 2015

        I want to also respond to Kid on the Block again. 17000 vs 25000. Of both numbers who has a greater percentage of spending power? Look around you! and of the 500 police men how many of them will remain steadfast? Please pray for Dominica and i will do the same because we are on the verge of something that we may never have seen.

    • The Youth Have Mouth Too!!!
      June 11, 2015

      SHUT UP UR MOUTH!!!! what dyab 17000 against 25000….police force have all that people? d primer minister u vote into office already done leave d country and leave u down here on ur own! A prime minister should be there to fight with his people and be for his people! Not fight against them! police force backing down day by day….those voluntarily and involuntarily! so stay dre and talk!! hahaha i laugh at u! Who in d kitchen feeling d squeeze! what u dont know wouldnt hurt u

    • D-day
      June 11, 2015

      17000 against 25000.. Please remember that 8000 out if the 25000 were flown in from over seas where as the entire 17000 that voted for UWP are people who resides in Dominica. Dominicans must stand up for their rights people have a right to protest. A government is a government for all the people not for the people who voted for you. The people of Salisbury and Marigot are not exempt from paying taxes so they are entitle to the same benefits as the people of Grandbay and the other areas that voted labour. I hope the people of Marigot stand firm with the people of Salisbury. First order of business block the airstrip , cut the power to the control tower , block the Londonderry Bridge and the Pagua.river bridge. People the police force is just over 400 officers they will run for cover. Please remember to take control of DBS radio it belongs to the people it’s time for action democracy must prevail.

  73. King Skerrit
    June 11, 2015

    LIES!!! the people were NOT protesting today. Van loads of police officers arrived to the village this morning to arrest the villagers.

    • Bias should be a crime
      June 11, 2015

      And that’s what started the protest. Smh smarty, If the police is doing their jobs why come and stand in their way?

  74. big boy
    June 11, 2015

    Dominicans island wide join the struggle

  75. Bull Crap
    June 11, 2015

    Salisbury people will not be victimized in allu crap.. people protest their right and a resolution was meet but now you all bring this crap back up again…Every time someone speak for their right in this country, official quick to say its illegal…what you all gonna do arrest PWD workers next..

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