Police release calypsonian “Soul Puss”

Soul Puss

Calypsonian, Dave “Soul Puss” Pascal who was arrested by police on Saturday morning (March 6, 2019) has been released.

Pascal was involved in a protest action at Marigot on Friday march 5, 2019. He was also the emcee the night before (Thursday march 4) at a UWP meeting at Marigot.

According to information reaching DNO, Pascal was released on Saturday afternoon.

Opposition leader, Lennox Linton expressed concern following Pascal’s arrest pointing out that the protest action in which Pascal had been involved was undertaken by Marigot residents to express their dissatisfaction over the delay in the construction of the Marigot Hospital following its shutdown and the subsequent closure of the health centre in the village.

Linton said the situation is affecting the health services in Marigot and other communities in the Northeast Health District from Crayfish River to Calibishie and people in those circumstances, have a legitimate right to dissent, to protest, to ask questions and to make demands for the situation to be rectified.

“That is the context in which Soul Puss and many other Dominicans in the Marigot area and surrounding communities were demonstrating on Weirs Flat this week,” Linton said in an interview with DBS Radio. “It disturbs me that every time people stand for their rights, some police officer comes up with the idea that they inciting. We have come to this juncture in Dominica once again.”

Although Pascal was released, police say they continue to investigate the matter.

Protesters at Marigot on Friday

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6 Comments

  1. No Freedom of Speech
    April 9, 2019

    You mean to tell me Dominica has become such a politicized, police and dictatorship state, that people cannot peacefully protest? Did they block the road? Did they hinder traffic? Did they block the entrance to any public building? What did they do? You arrest a person for expressing themselves? You arrest a person for opposing? Dave, I hope after this is done, you sue the pants off them. File the case. Let them defend it. Let them present the evidence. Let them justify why they want to criminalize you.

  2. Youth
    April 8, 2019

    And the exact thing the man was arrested for was almost needed today. Ironic!
    Thank God it wasn’t worse and people’s lives didn’t depend on the response time of health services.

  3. Neville
    April 8, 2019

    The police say they continue to investigate the matter.
    I ask the police: what matter are you investigating?? This man took part in a peaceful protest action for adequate health services in the north east, which is allowed under the constitution of DA. So, what exactly is the police investigating???
    I tell you all what they are investigating: absolutely nothing because they were told by the Dictator to arrest the man. Now they are busy to fabricate a case in order to justify their action. You see that’s the stage we are at. The police arrests to intimidate then they release the person and say they keep on investigating but we never hear of it again. This is pure provocation and abuse of power. To all Labour supporters: all you guys over the years have created a monster that you have lost control of now!!!

  4. April 8, 2019

    That is some kind of protest people hiding their faces the village of Marigot
    have more than a dozen supporters and that all that show up for a protest ? there
    is more to it than the story we are getting.

    • Shay
      April 8, 2019

      There is nothing else to add to the story. I am from Marigot, I went to one of the protest and the reason why people did not turn out was fear of victimization. Some of these people depend on their job to pay of their mortgages..to live. They aren’t going to jeopardize that no matter how much they wanted to stand up.

      • truth
        April 8, 2019

        You’re absolutely right but dont you worry they shall stand up at the polls..ignorant and gullible dominicans created this monster and his minions..but nothing last forever and they shall remove them at the next election…speak it into existence!!!

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