Six residents from Salisbury have been charged in relation to protest action which took place in the community on May 11 and will be facing the court next week.
The five men and one woman were arrested in the community on June 11 sparking a round of angry confrontation between the police and residents.
The six were taken to Police Headquarters in Roseau where they were released on bail..
They have been identified as Keith Bougouneau, Alex Howe, Hilary John, Gilbert Frederick, Christina Eusebe and Peter Vidal.
Reports are that they have been charged with “riotously and tumultuously assembled to the disturbance of the public,” contrary to the Riot Act.
They are expected to appear in court on Tuesday, June 16.
Howe was released on $10,000 bail and the rest on $5,000.
Political leader of the opposition, United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton, said at a meeting on Thursday night that the charges must be dropped since they are unacceptable.
“They did not hurt anybody, they did not fire stone at anybody, they did not threaten anybody, they didn’t injure anybody, they riotously and tumultuously assembled,” he said. “In other words, they were making a lot of noise, they were making a lot of noise in protest and for that they have been charged. They have been released, we are saying that is half the job done. The charges must now be withdrawn.”
The UWP said the meeting was held ‘in solidarity’ with the residents of Salisbury.
The trouble in Salisbury began on May 11 when residents blocked the main road linking Portsmouth to Roseau in protest over poor farm access roads in the community.
The road was eventually cleared by the police using tear gas.
Works on the roads began soon after that. However, the authorities made it clear that the protest was illegal and vowed that “appropriate action” would be taken.
On June 11, the police went to Salisbury to arrest the six residents but that did not go down well with members of the community, which resulted in the other round of protest.