Salisbury protesters reject gov’t proposal

salisbury protest

Salisbury residents, who are protesting the poor quality of the roads in their community, have rejected a government’s proposal for a ten-member delegation to meet official in Roseau to discuss their concerns.

DNO understands that the proposal included a meeting at government headquarters.

But the protesters flatly refused, saying government officials must come to Salisbury and meet with them “in the hot sun.”

“We are not going anywhere,” a protester told DNO at the scene.

High ranking police officials are having discussions with protesters at the scene.

Residents of Salisbury blocked the E.O Leblanc Highway on Monday morning causing pile up of traffic.

They say they are being victimized and neglected by the government and roads, including farm access, are in deplorable conditions.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has condemned the protest, saying there are legal means to have issues addressed.

He said the roads will be addressed under the Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) funded by the European Union.

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57 Comments

  1. iam just saying!!
    May 12, 2015

    I dont know how jean bawi want to get things fixed in their village when their parlrep dont go to parliment to discuss and speak on behalf of his people for what they want. Thats what the house is for to voice the words of ur constituents. But they getting paid and not doing their damn job. Every month protest and doh nevrr ho to the house. Allu will suck salt!!!

  2. Wow,
    May 11, 2015

    Protesting for better roads, at least show pics of the roads y’all r complaining about, all we in the diaspora see is nicely paved roads according to the pics n videos uploaded ……

  3. Sonia Thomas
    May 11, 2015

    :lol: stupes but u guys voted skew so what is the problem 5 more yrs and u all get it

  4. What a thing
    May 11, 2015

    I swear UWP people just learn the word demonstration. Toot bagai say Demomstration. Some body gets fired its demonstration. Imagine the high school students having to going through this before going into their examination rooms, college students now have to get another date for their exams all because of roads. The same roads they complained about they cannot eat, the same roads they say that’s all Skerrit is building. There’s better ways of solving problems.

  5. karem
    May 11, 2015

    Great job, stand for what you believe. A community coming together must be heard. There’s always strength in numbers. Next Dominicans should protest a wage increase. I was mortified to hear what people are getting payed and the way they are treated by some of there employer while. It can be done.

    • May 11, 2015

      watch that about the increase of wages thing that will never happen already the country hard if we were keeping our money in dominica we would have had high wages
      :-| :-| :-|

  6. Newton Ambo
    May 11, 2015

    People must learn to be fair and honest in their statements. While this is not the best thing to be happening in the village, I must say, by what I have read and heard that the people of Salisbury are not to be blamed for this action. The village roads are in very bad condition, and has been so for years. The feeder roads are even worse, and will get still worse when the rain comes. Salisbury is a farming community and roads are essential for the livelihood of the community. Earlier in the year, on the way to my farm, I noticed some marks on the road, and I was told that the PM visited. I heard his comment in an address that certain sections of the road would be repaired soon, but soon has not yet arrived, while the roads continue to worsen. A non-violent protest is in order.

  7. Talk to Savarin
    May 11, 2015

    Its time we stand up in Dominica and let Skerrit and the DLP know in no uncertain terms that enough is enough. The people of Marigot and Wesley should join by having their own Salsbury type protest as well as those from Goodwill. We need to have a national protest going on all over in Dominica at the same time, so Skerrt would understand that we are ready to take Dominica back. I hope my mentor and friend Charles Savarin, is standing with the people like he did in 1979, when he taught us how to stand against evil

  8. The Youth Have Mouth Too!!!
    May 11, 2015

    How can Dominicans allow Roosevelt skerrit to say this when he said “no law no constitution can stop him”….who in d kitchen feeling d squeeze! Kamem We in d same May when Charles Saverin made his 47 day strike in 1979….
    People talking about people that have to go to work…but what happen to the farmers from Salisbury that also have to go to work? I will continue to stand with the people of Salisbury
    And i applaud HONORABLE Hector John who fought for his people….That is the kind of togetherness that should be….instead of Nichol Shanks d advisor for the ministry of Agriculture…..who also supposed to be standing with the people cuz his transport passing on d road too!!
    Disappointed in those police…allu think is Baltimore allu be? Well this is BALTIMORE ISIS BAWI! #ThisIsItIn2015 #WeNotGoingHome!

  9. Embarassed Citizen
    May 11, 2015

    What a Shame! What is wrong with these people? They think they are solving the issue but this is only going to make matters worst. What about the children who had to go to school? your own kids! or the hardworking people they have just lost a days pay over some nonsense. What ever happened to solving issues as mature adults? This is no example for the youth of Dominica. This behaviour is wrong and unacceptable. So in other words i guess the boys on the block who wants the PM to legalize marijuana should block up the roads and cause a riot till they get what they want?? RIDICULOUS, People of salisbubry this is jut NOT ACCEPTABLE no matter what the situation is. You made your choice at the polls so instead consult with your Palrep and make things happen rather than wasting time doing foolishness.
    GOD PLEASE GUIDE THE PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • RASTA MAN
      May 11, 2015

      @Embarassed citizen: We blacks all enjoy the comfort of going and leaving anywhere in the U.S simply because Martin Luther King stood up for what he believes. It did matter who or what! Whether it was Christmas, Thanks giving, Independence etc. It is only a revolution that brings about a change. In every action there must be consequences. When Skerrit criticize Monel what did you have to say?
      When he said” No Law….Not even the Constitution can prevent him.” Was that anything good for our young people? Was that sound leadership?
      You people as Pero said” Some of us wear our ignorance as a badge of honor,” I do hope you are not!

    • Young
      May 11, 2015

      So I gather from this comment that asking for better roads in a community is nonsense! Seriously??? And what is this I hear about polls? feeder roads for a community is dependent on what party you voted for? Shouldn’t it be across the board? Because don’t matter who you vote for we ALL do one thing in common (pay taxes!) so we ALL should benefit! And yes God please guide the people of this country so see beyond party politics and the see the benefits of ALL way beyond one day.

  10. God Forbid
    May 11, 2015

    Prime Minister will and come again it’s not all jen Bawii that is stupid like the person that address themself as Salisbury.

  11. Pondera
    May 11, 2015

    The government is using a very high handed approach. Humility in leadership should tell PM Skerrit that you must go to the people and identify with their struggle. Why should they leave their protest and come up to Roseau. This proposal is rude and out of order. Cabinet members are the servants of the people. Therefore they need to go meet with the people.

  12. JungleGirl
    May 11, 2015

    I like that!! I really like it!!

  13. Elizabeth Ludovique
    May 11, 2015

    I pray some one listen to the people the government MUST listen the the people they put them there.

    Mamo turning in her grave. Dominica going going gone.

  14. May 11, 2015

    I would be surprised if the government will go to Salisbury to meet with the protesters. The same thing the government will say to the protesters in Salisbury is the very same thing they will tell them in Roseau. Can anyone explain the reason why the protesters are refusing to meet the government in Roseau. By now one has to be a complete idiot to believe that this demonstration is about feeder roads. This protest is about political power and is been organized and promoted by the UWP.

    • Wow,
      May 11, 2015

      Feeder roads is just an excuse, I think they should have taken the offer ,and probably continue the protest depending on the results of the meeting, why should the pm come to them in an uncontrolled environment where he could be hurt physically … Uwp has 6 seats, so I am expecting 6 protest.

  15. Discombobulated
    May 11, 2015

    I get their frustration but that is not the way whatsoever. Firstly meet with govt anyway, even if you continue the protest. Secondly, the rest of dca not involved so no need to stop people travelling to and from work. Apart from that, protest all u have to I don’t care. I personally feel there are ways to do things and that’s not the way but… Everyone has the right of their own mind and actions

  16. isis compares
    May 11, 2015

    Dominica, can a pic. of Cuffy w be made available in the photos. Thanks.

  17. O boy
    May 11, 2015

    so if the people protesting for road why are so many of them dress in blue. some even have UWP t shirt on them, i was there so i see them with my own eyes.

    • Young
      May 11, 2015

      I hope you saw the shirt worn by one of the persons speaking at the forefront of the protest also?

  18. SMH
    May 11, 2015

    D country nice boy :(

  19. kayanna thomas
    May 11, 2015

    ppl think of the school children from colibistre , colihaut , bioche , dublanc . and portsmouth who goes to roseau school .thats not gud man :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

  20. DonK
    May 11, 2015

    This is what can be regarded as local terrorism.

  21. I am Dominican
    May 11, 2015

    I wonder how many of the people protesting are farmers?

  22. Francisco Telemaque
    May 11, 2015

    Maintenance of the infrastructure of a country is the total responsibility of the government of any country!

    Hence, the government should be aware of the deficiencies of the total infrastructure which includes Rods, Hospitals, Ports, and all that falls in the category of governmental infrastructure. Therefore if the government did what they were elected to do, there would be no need for the people to protest, hence, the government would have no need to invite any delegation to talk about preparing of roads.

    The people are protesting because they are victimized for not voting for Skerrit. We find the same happening to the people of Wesley and Marigot! The people should not to crawl to Skerrit or any of his puppets, they have the power over him!

    As for this: “the Salisbury people who had banana leaves on their vehicles during the protest, were partly responsible for the black Sigatoka.” The people in government who believe that are idiots!

  23. May 11, 2015

    marigot and wesley need to start tomorrow block the roads enough is pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee time up wake up.

  24. joe
    May 11, 2015

    Well it is their own children that will not be able to go and do their CXCs’ , it’s they a self that will have to miss their Doctor’s appointment, let us pray that someone fall and hurt themselves and needs immediate medical attention or has to be rushed to the hospital then all of all you that praising that foolishness will sing a different tune!!!!!

  25. LABAR IS DABAR
    May 11, 2015

    they went to anse de mai, they went to layout but they cannot go to Salisbury…..so the skerrit government is for some Dominicans… hmmmmmmmmmmmm i dere watching. i put water in my wine, that is one vote allu not getting again.
    after election is like i get poorer, stupes it doh have nothing no where again, just go and tell those people dominica doh have money. destra and those diasporas take all

  26. Yoland J J
    May 11, 2015

    Continuation: to kill my Pal Rep the Prime Minister or to start attacking the police so when they respond for the UWP to put the blame on Skerrit and start an up rising in the Country and make it end in ciaos to get the chance to over throw the Govt.? We know the that opposition has no good plans for Dominica the only thing that is in their mind is Power and they will kill to get it but will never be in Government not even there is a next world to come. Pm be wise as a serpent harmless as a dove use the wisdom of Salomon and bring those evil people under subjection

  27. Doc. Love
    May 11, 2015

    I love the saying, ” what goes around, comes around.” It was the same Skeritt led Government who asked a delegation from the Salisbury Constituency to come down to Government Headquarters to discuss their problems with Government, after a protest few years ago. In good faith, the people came down to speak to Government, after the talks, it was alleged, the Salisbury people who had banana leaves on their vehicles during the protest, were partly responsible for the black sigatoka plaguing the banana industry. Therefore, I support the people of Salisbury, until such time that the Ministers of Government meet them of their own turf, the protest should go on.

    • May 11, 2015

      Was that when they decorated their vehicles with banana leaves all over from Salisbury to Roseau when we all know especially farmers the way the disease was being spread?

  28. Shaka zulu
    May 11, 2015

    Its about time. Some people have balls to stand up against the DLP and its 15 yrs of lies and disrespect. Whole of Dominica should be blocked by now. Roads hospitals, schools etc…. don’t degenerate overnight.

    • May 11, 2015

      How long has UWP been representing Salisbury? That is what the people of Salisbury should start asking themselves if they are so dissatisfied. A UWP representative has been their representative longer than the DLP has been in power. The question I would be asking myself, is what have my representative done for me all those years of representation.

  29. No sa
    May 11, 2015

    Foolish people…. Unacceptable behavior

    • Observer
      May 11, 2015

      Millions of Dollars of Taxpayers dollars gets invested into “Retarded” activities like Carnival. Money needs needs to be invested into proper things like the infrastructure of Agriculture. Keep it up Salsbury! Don’t back down!!

    • grell
      May 11, 2015

      YES beacause an idiot like you accepts Skerrit crap,the people of Salisbury have always been hard working folks and not depending on government like lazy souls like you.I will be supporting the caus all the way,dont stop the fight my people.Show Skerrit he is not God.God will help you all in the struggle,just respect the police and continue the protest.

    • Young
      May 11, 2015

      Unacceptable because the road conditions that is affecting them doesn’t affect you? But then again nothing is supposed to be affecting Dominicans because every five years some people get $500, $1000, $5000, $10,000 And $14,000 to cure all their problems. So I guess those are the one that didn’t get any except for a promise. I am in solidarity with the Salisbury people…. Stand for what you believe in stand for your rights!

    • Sandra
      May 11, 2015

      it takes 1 to know 1

    • Talk to Savarin
      May 11, 2015

      @No sa, go to Baltimore and say that.

  30. May 11, 2015

    yes i , proud of the salsbury people keep it up dont backdown

  31. Talk to Savarin
    May 11, 2015

    That they calling protest and road block? I expected to see the road Blocked from the Catholic Church all the way to Coulibistrie. Maybe they should have discussed it with Charles Savari first so that he could tell them how to have a massive protest that affects the entire nation, like he did in 1979. It’s a good move but I want to see more people and more blockage. Residents of Marigot and Wesley should also join the protest by doing theirs from Marigot to where they say they going to build new airport.

  32. Salisbury
    May 11, 2015

    I am officially embarrassed of living in this village. Its just a bunch of people who hates the Government that’s causing so much division. They are their own enemies. Why is police not dealing with them? I have been waiting to go to work its now noon.

    I pray that the PM and his Cabinet don’t set foot here because they will be stoned they are always being frightened by Salisbury people.

    • JMarie
      May 11, 2015

      Pathetic troll… Why don’t you say exactly who you are while making such an asinine comment?!?

    • Bull Crap
      May 11, 2015

      It clear that u might be form Salisbury but u clearly dont live their and worse have not been travelling the road going to garden.. cause if u was to say that its people that not for government causing division. I mean now naive can you be…After 15 years in power and after the very same PM delay the road an emergency.. their comes a time when someone has to stand and say enough..

    • Sandra
      May 11, 2015

      praise God you have a job to go therefore you got an income every month. What about the Salisbury people that DO NOT HAVE AN INCOME because there is no access to their garden. Let the Salisbury people voice be heard. Am proud am from Salisbury. We have a right to demonstrate. Tell the PM to do his job.

    • amy
      May 11, 2015

      You are ignorant of the fact residents have the same rights as the government, it’s their country and they want a better life but I guess you resort to being a beggar

    • Unknown
      May 11, 2015

      I doubt they all hate the gov..over 500 of them voted for the gov last election. It shows that they are all able to come together when the “good” of the village is at stake.

    • May 11, 2015

      walk to mero and catch a bus and go to work. I walk 45 minutes back and forth every day to work.Hail, snow sun, freezing cold .YOU CAN do the same

    • seriously
      May 11, 2015

      Well well its obvious you are not in tune with this community, this is a cause worth fighting for.

    • PetProjects
      May 11, 2015

      boooooooooooo :lol: Blue vex ?

    • God Forbid
      May 11, 2015

      if u are truly from Bawii i personally feel sorry for u, may the Lord of Heaven have mercy on you.

  33. Bull Crap
    May 11, 2015

    you all think people born yesterday.. same trick dont work twice.you all try that on marigot with ur delegation then moved meeting place sayin no one showed up.. only an idiot fall for the same trick over and over

    • Tjebe fort
      May 11, 2015

      P.M. too smart. He wants you all in a defensive position so he can pick you off one by one. Same happened at the protest against the asphalt plant in Layou remember? Let Mohammed come to the mountain this time.

      • amy
        May 11, 2015

        The pm is not smart he just think DA people dumb, but there are a good amount of common sense people in DA and it’s about time they stand up for their rights, like the great BOB MARLEY say.

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