Stay away from Parliament Carbon warns

Parliament building in Roseau

Police Chief, Daniel Carbon, has sent out a warning that there will be no protest outside Parliament which convenes today.

The opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has called on all “patriotic Dominicans” to go down to the Parliament building and let it be known that the people are not accepting a Bill to amend the House of Assembly (Elections) Act.

According to the UWP, the amendments will legalize treating and bribery, which are electoral offences in Dominica. The government has shot down the claim, saying bribery and treating will remain on the books.

Carbon said he is mandated by law to provide security at Parliament.

“I have my operation in place,” he said. “I have my mandate by law. Parliament will proceed and parliament will be provided with maximum security,” he stated.

He stated that no one should come close to the building to disturb the proceedings.

“Again I am warning that people should not down to Parliament to disturb the proceeding of Parliament,” he noted. “Parliament is our highest court, Parliament is a solemn place and Parliament is where the business of parliamentarians and the business of the Commonwealth of Dominica must take place.”

He added, “I am asking all those with their intentions to be guided accordingly.”

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  1. freshwaterlake
    May 24, 2017

    you cannot stop the people from gathering outside the building. Why are you trying to act like people are trying to enter parliament and disturb? That is not the case. the people are peacefully outside of the compound of the parliament. you cannot stop that. yo cannot tell the people when to show dissatisfaction in public. To ask to protest is asinine. senseless and defeats the purpose. If we allow you to tell us how we can protest is defeats the purpose and takes away from the action itself. again protestors and the calls made will be ignored and dismissed. Go ahead Dominicans, dont be sheep. Our problem is noone want to be a martyr. noone wants to take the first slap or baton in the back or face, or take the first gunshot. Yesterday they let off a blank, and everybody ran for their lives. back down that officer who let off the shot. let his see you are now afraid and he cannot simply shoot you in cold blood in the public. power in numbers. martin luther king jr. et al got good blows.

  2. Opinionated
    May 24, 2017

    Correction: “I can’t stand a BONE in mister.

    DNO why don’t you set up editing functions on your site? It’s been years now come on!

  3. Sadformyhome
    May 24, 2017

    Parliament is our highest court, the people of Dominica’s highest court! It is not a place for Skerrit and his band to play mini-Chavez and implement laws to further cripple our voting process. At this rate, I’ll not be surprised if they ask ppl to do voting by show of hands. This is the type of meddling that creates dictatorships. Don’t blv me, check into all dictators and you’ll see how they systematically made he citizens become dependent on then while slowly taking away their rights. We are slowly heading there.

  4. Ny boss
    May 24, 2017

    Somone made a comparison well when Trump have carbinet meet tell any American weather they like trump or not go up to the house and protest

  5. Tj
    May 23, 2017

    Let the people go. Let the people voice their opinions. Why Mr. Carbon don’t you think for yourself. It is time to step down.

    Regime change is enevitable.

  6. Anthony P. Ismael
    May 23, 2017

    Our loved ones pass away like “Dogs” at the Princess Margaret Hospital, while the boys fly off to Martinique on helicopter if they suffer a cold or a headache. We have seen enough and we have had enough of this foolishness. The masses have decided that Skerrit’s time is up and he needs to go now!

  7. Anthony P. Ismael
    May 23, 2017

    Today, we have Skerrit and his gang of thieves who continue to live the life of luxury, while the masses suffer underneath the weight of corruption and bad governance. The few homes that were recently given away to his supporters will not make a dent in the housing crisis on the island. Our land use policy, coupled with a mountainous terrain will always lead to a deliberate housing shortage. A bold visionary would have excavated land over the past 17 years, adding the necessary infrastructure and spear-heading policies leading to independence. The quest for power at all cost, coupled with its huge financial windfall, has led us down this path. We fought the new enslavement back in 79. We said no to the mulattoes who enslaved the Blacks for decades, never allowing them to own any land in Grandbay, Morne Prosper and the West Coast. Today, we are back underneath the same crap again.

  8. Anthony P. Ismael
    May 23, 2017

    We know of M. Stevens and Sons who held the contract for the importation of meat and meat by-products on the island for several decades. This was a EC$25,000,000.00 a year cash cow. We know of the Heineken Beer factory that went to St. Lucia after the wholesaler of beer on the island killed it way back when. We know of the death of one Eric Shillingford who was murdered in a carnival band, because he was about to land a vehicle dealership from one of the big boys in town. And the list of corruption and the mob like mentality just continues. Those who write about a peaceful Dominica, deliberately buried their heads in the sand. The Dominica I know has never been peaceful.

  9. Anthony P. Ismael
    May 23, 2017

    We read and are privy to the chief law enforcement officer on the island, writing his own laws and enforcing them as he sees fit. Maslow spoke about the basic human needs. Whenever human beings lose the ability to meet their basic needs, all bets are off. Dominicans have never understood nor have they valued the nation and all its people. The group that has and still matters is a small group of mulattoes in and around the Roseau area who today, still make all the major decisions on the island.

  10. Hendricks ismael
    May 23, 2017

    Blacks are in a steady state of war all over the world and don’t even know it . After 400 yrs they did not give us the tools to think , they have us fighting each other like savages , and they gave us a white Jesus that we are waiting on to help us solve all our problems , for us to correct all this madness going on, read doctor John Henry Clark , we are promoting our own demize.

    • Shaka Zulu
      May 23, 2017

      If after 400 years we still blaming those folks for having us fighting today then all what they said about us is true. And based on how I see our people allow themselves to be treated by our government, note I said allow themselves, black people can still be enslaved again. As a matter of fact it seems like the only way to slap some sense in some black folks is to enslave them and whipp thier backs daily. Skerrit is very aware of that that is why he getting away with crap.

  11. Music Producer
    May 23, 2017
  12. Memory
    May 23, 2017

    Unions,Political opposition parties, Churches, Merchants, some one should take the lead and organize to get this nonsense that in happening on Dominica to stop. Send out letters with in tent to have a meeting of those organizations needed to make the move to get the people together to straighten out what is going on, on island. When you have sent out the letters and request a reply. If the request is not met by those you have written too, call them out, let the Nation know you have written to prominent persons and you must CALL the names of those organizers who do not respond or do not want to assist the Nation, then and WE the people will know who are really ready and willing to Fix what is going on.

  13. viewsexpressed
    May 23, 2017

    Mr. Carbon the Parliament belongs to “We” the people and we have every right to assembly, protest there when we feel like. Stay away please. Please do not be a carbon copy of Skerrit and his dirty, corrupt regime.
    Let the people exhale, free up themselves and express their utter disgust of this corrupt Labour government

  14. EnfantDiable
    May 23, 2017

    Where in the Constitution is Parliament made “the highest Court” of Dominica? Is Parliament “higher” than the CCJ? On whose advice is he speaking?

  15. Jonathan St jean
    May 23, 2017

    Mr Carbon you are clearly taking sides here and this is unfortunate.Your job if properly done is to be a referee and providing space for democracy to be practiced in Dominica.You are letting your coziness with the current government put you at odds with the people of Dominica who have a point of view different from that of Skerritt and his party.Find it in you chief Carbon to utilize the assets of Dominica provided to the police to facilitate both sides instead of constantly being a thorn in the rights of the opposition.Look at what happens in other more developed democracies where demonstrations are allowed and facilitated at or near major meetings. I know that you and your top brass have been exposed to modern policing practices so what you are doing now is just not acceptable

  16. Franky
    May 23, 2017

    Dominicans you people are a set of cowards… you people allow that bill to pass in Parliament. ..u peopel are Damm cowards… I ask all opposition members to stop represent these people…Dominica belongs to skerite now

  17. Dash
    May 23, 2017

    Look at the conditions at the
    Marigot police station. Concentrate on renovating it instead of harassing people who have the democratic rights to corrupt just as the skerit led regime.

  18. Laplaine Observer
    May 23, 2017

    Is this really happening in Dominica? The government is attempting to stop peaceful protest which is the constitutional right of the people to exercise freedom of assembly in a democratic society. Restricting the movements of the people is a classic example of dictatorial rule and we will express our displeasure for imposing these restrictions upon us. Just imagine Trump telling Americans they cannot protest. Same concept of dictatorship.

  19. DomiChina
    May 23, 2017

    I have to say that Carbon is not a hypocrite. Look at the odds.
    This man has found himself in a very precarious position where he has to do as he is told, or else he will be found wanting and begging bread. A sad state of affairs where the Government of the day has a minister of national security where the office of the commissioner of police is a direct position under this ministry. So if you put the cards straight you find that the Minister is ordered by the PM and the COP is directed by the Minister of National Security. To solve this issue and have an independent Police Force the Constitution must be amended so that the President has the say of what happens to the Police Force. But then the office of President must be independent, restricted from political affiliation and prohibited from expressing a political opinion, including voting. HIS position cannot be directed by the Government of the day, either.

    Unless these amendments occur, I suspect Dominica will remain as is.

  20. Kahleesi
    May 23, 2017

    Wow ! I cannot believe that people because of political affiliation will condone this assault on democracy ! Wow ! I would love to hear what Mr. Patrick John has to say about this in light of how he was treated in 1979 !

    • Jonathan St jean
      May 23, 2017

      You want to hear what Patrick John has to say but I also want to hear what our President Charles Angelo Saverin has to say in light of his history making protest action of years gone by.

  21. real recognize real
    May 23, 2017

    I am a die hard Labourite but PM pls, we need a balance in power, if the weight is on one side 4 to long the country will tilt. I supported you for the past 17 yrs so i will support you on whatever decision you make to balance the power.

  22. Dominican
    May 23, 2017

    But Bawi and UWP people say is not them that protesting and blocking road so no stones will be thrown at Parliament.

  23. Music Producer
    May 23, 2017

    I staying overseas papa! Allu can have this ….. allu put in office!

  24. papa
    May 23, 2017

    Mr carbon I think we da ppl entile to our opinion look like we in a communist country

    • Me
      May 23, 2017

      It China and Venezuela they like… The police chief is on remote control. He’s been brainwashed.

  25. May 23, 2017

    Mr. Carbon, are you for real? isn’t Dominica Still a democratic state? isn’t parliament the place where the peoples business are to be discussed? so if parliament is of the people , for the people by the people, are you saying that the people have no right to voice their opinion if they are dissatisfied? as a national selected figure,Mr commissioner ,your position should be neutral untill or unless public laws are broken. Mr.Carbon, please don’t play on the intelligence of Dominicans,you are setting a very bad precedent , do not be a despot sir. There is nothing solemm about parliament ,issues are debated inside and outside. Apparently it seems that you are itching to give the orders in brutalizing the people, who democratically have a right to take a stand.Bob.

  26. Unknown
    May 23, 2017

    And the Tyranny and Dictatorship continues. People protest outside the White House daily, why can’t they protest outside the parliament building? As long as it’s peaceful protest, they are within their rights.

  27. Me
    May 23, 2017

    Parliament is also of Assembly for the representation of the people, all the people of Dominica Daniel. Please, remember that. You are therefore answerable to the people of Dominica and not just one Prime Minister. The law makes that clear also.

    • Sadformyhome
      May 24, 2017

      They feel empowered bc Skerrit has created his own little tactical squad who have been trained in the US. There were sharp shooters on ministry roof for a protest. Are you freaking serious? The police in dca will start killing anybody like those in the US.

  28. Solomon
    May 23, 2017

    “and the business of the Commonwealth of Dominica”….? I’m not what you would call a political expert however I always believed that as a Dominican citizen that refers to me and my fellow citizens. So why is he commanding citizens to stay away. Is this man that arrogant or has the authority he’s been given made him ‘tebeh’ as my father would put it. I don’t condone disruptive behavior however if there is a Bill of Law that garners such controversy and stirs public unrest then how can you try to suppress public opinion like this. There is no forum for discussion outside of parliament so why lock us out or use threatening language to defer all protests until it’s too late. Either I don’t understand democracy or our leaders are the ones who are in the dark.

    • Sadformyhome
      May 24, 2017

      How are Dominicans not scared by this? They are silencing the citizens. This is not democracy. This is typical dictatorship behavior. I sadly await the day when this man who remove voting and limit our ability to travel. Only then will we have wished that we had taken a stand. Skerrit and his family have foreign papers. For heaven’s sake, his child is an American. Why allow him to ruin the country for our dcans?

  29. LifeandDeath
    May 23, 2017

    Carbon is such a Joker!!..U all can wait on Skerrit to save all you..whole of Dominica will perish first ’cause as a dictator Skerrit is only interested in saving himself..Sad state of affairs in Dominica

  30. love my country
    May 23, 2017

    carbon u r a real jack. u r a policeman only once so go ahead and send your guys to kill other dominicans.
    i hope u will be able to take it in your old age.

  31. IV CALL
    May 23, 2017

    Dominica belongs to all of us, and not just a few. CAR-BURN is a carbon copy of de AM.

  32. Jill
    May 23, 2017

    I asking you Daniel Carbon to guided by international law to act appropriately .

  33. Dash
    May 23, 2017

    Hypocrite carbon!!! You’re a hypocrite

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