Former PM condemns ‘wanton molestation’ of children in Dominica

Supporters were asked to wear purple for the event
Supporters were asked to wear purple for the event

As United Workers’ Party (UWP) supporters attended the party’s ‘Rally in the Colour Purple’, on Saturday in Pointe Michel, former party leader and Prime Minister, Eddison James expressed the party’s total condemnation of child molestation on the island.

The rally was said to be against the abuse of children in Dominica and supporters were asked to wear purple for the event.

“Today, we, the men, women, and children gathered at this Purple Rally, solemnly declare our profound opposition and outrage at the wanton molestation of our children,” he said,

James articulated his disdain at the Dominica Labour Party’s support of former Soufriere MP, Ian Pinard, who resigned on April 26, 2016, because of what he said are allegations made against him.

“It is a most disgraceful or distressing reality worthy of all total condemnation…” he stated.

James described a DLP’s rally, which was held on Sunday, May 22, as a “child molestation rally,” and remarked that DLP supporters be branded as defenders of child molestation.

“They will be holding what we must describe as a ‘child molestation rally’… Anyone seen waving or holding that red flag, during this by-election, is nothing but a child molester or an upholder of child molestation…” he said. “And you must preach it, and you must let them know that is how you feel. And you must reject them.”

UWP candidate, Higgs Adams, will be facing the DLP’s Denise Charles in the by-election in that constituency, which is carded for June 7.

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  1. Jerry Hinksly
    May 27, 2016

    Since the 50’s child molestation and incest have been firmly rooted as common practices in our island’s culture. All kids in Dominica, especially girls, have been routinely molested, some seriously sexually assaulted, by their parents, priests, relatives and/ or other adults.

    We all know this, we all have turned a blind eye to it.

    Now, it has become a ‘public issue’, the politicians are in full blab, mouthing it out in ‘whiter than whiter’ mode to gain points. Disgusting, does correctly describe how we feel for this hypocrites.

    Yes, I was molested by the………. Yes, my sisters were molested by my father. Totally normal for Dominica in the 60’s and totally normal now.

    This is our heritage and I guess it will continue to go on and on and on until we take action personally to prevent it.

  2. Danziger
    May 23, 2016

    Danzi will dress with a red dress, shoe, hat and THE RED FLAG will fly high. All who kw they man and they have good balls come put down my flag.

  3. I need to no wat b my country has become …..sliding down to hell on a church bench DOMINICA needs help

  4. d-a born
    May 23, 2016

    Not a supporter of either party, but the way Skerrit and DLP are handling Pinard and his charges is unethical and unprofessional. How can you have someone with a criminal charge at the front of your campaign? That sends such a bad message, but the blind followers of ‘The Dr.’ and his red train are so bamboozled that they refuse to question it. Until our people open up their eyes, get away from the fanatical behavior, and hold the politicians (both sides) accountable and call them out, we won’t see progress in Dominica.

    • Jeam Simpson
      May 24, 2016

      d-a born.You want to betaken serioulsy right? here is my take. The UWP went public with their dissatisfaction with the oneof thier being muddied in this child molestation matter. They took the moral high ground to distant their PARTY AND EXECUTIVE from public association with the gentleman. They removed him – 185- 5 was the vote. Excellent!! Have you heard any such move on their part to distant their party and executive form the same gentleman as a member of the House? Have you heard of any request for him to resign his parliamentary seat? Have you heard of any threat on their part that failure to resign the parliamentary seat they will request the Speaker to make separate seating arrangements for him so that he is not seen as a member of “team Dominica” in the seating arrangements in the House? I have not heard them make any such demands nor am I aware that they have asked he resign his parliamentary seat over this matter. So where is the beef over an “immoral”, unethical Parl…

  5. just saying
    May 23, 2016

    so mr james this is what alyou basing alyou campaign on?stupes. what does the young lady have to do with that?

  6. So a man is ”alleged” to have molested a child :?

    If he did not commit the act would he not want an investigation to clear his name :?:

    If there is sufficient evidence would he not be charged :?: I don’t remember this case so excuse me for asking. Was the man in question charged :?: If he was charged was he convicted :?:

    Personally, I believe a man convicted of sexually assaulting a child should receive the maximum sentence.

    But an allegation and a charge without a conviction does not give you a right to bad mouth the man.
    In my country a person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Nobody is allowed to refer to him as if he committed the crime or imply that he did it. He must be shown the same respect you would show an innocent man because in fact he is LEGALLY innocent.

    If you call him a child molester, or rapist (whatever he has not been convicted of) he can sue you.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

    • smh
      May 23, 2016

      charged not yet convicted. Also Rev noone cares what happens in your country. Because what happens in your country doesnt put food on our tables here. And you are right, he can sue you, but why hasnt he sued anyone yet?

    • BEB
      May 23, 2016

      The law in DA is the same “one is innocent until proven guilty”

      • Thank you :!:

        Without this law none of us would be safe.

        Sincerely, Rev. Don Hill.

    • May 23, 2016

      this man an his utterances reminds me of those conman pastors .

    • Jeam Simpson
      May 24, 2016

      Sorry Evangelist Hill. You have really missed out much. The UWP through its former leader and founder of the party is on the public record telling his party supporters at Newtown, that the UWP has its own court system. They have their magistrates, lawyers, judges etc. He went further to say that “this presumption of innocence thing” is not for the party. It is for the civil court. So when the UWP say you guilty according to their system, is guilty you guilty. Mr. James was captured on tape and it was aired for days on end

    • Good grief :!:

      What we have here is eight thumbs down and five thumbs up. Yet my comment was all about following the law. I simply reminded people they could get into trouble by not obeying the law of their nation, and by refusing to honor the court.

      This suggests most Dominicans do not want a country under the rule of law. Obviously the laws of their own country mean nothing to them.

      It is breaking the law if you say – or imply – that a man committed a crime he has not been found guilty of in a court of law.

      With the majority of people on the street opposing this law and wanting to do it their way, I would be surprised if tourists felt safe in the streets or market places.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

      Former Licensed Private Investigator (P.I.) under the Ontario Provincial Police in the Province of Ontario, Canada. License Number 142306.

  7. truth
    May 23, 2016

    tipical dominicans, instead of listening to the message, they are looking at a photo, and comenting, my GOD,help us

  8. kay
    May 23, 2016

    Thanks for showing my friends and family! Tell the people your rally was a flop.

    May 23, 2016

    That is why UWP will continue losing elections. This is how you refer to those who support the other party?
    This is how you refer to the people you are trying to convince to cross over and vote for you?

    • Concern citizen
      May 23, 2016

      no one should convince no one, by the state of D/ca alone, should tell every one that their country is in jeopardy

      • Me
        May 23, 2016

        keep that up and try to win an election with that attitude so far it has worked great lol :mrgreen:

  10. Black jack
    May 23, 2016

    Dominican people must understand that so-called workers party is not a political party it’s only a demonstration party, don’t let them fool you guys none of these people is blessed in life i know quite abit about some of the guys

  11. red hott
    May 23, 2016

    Where is the Opposition….is this a team…..Dominicans wake up and smell the cafe Diminique…….this is not a full force government ready to serve…this is gimmicks

    • sousay sel
      May 23, 2016

      @ RED HOT You serious?? Yh take a full force government who lies to you, steals from you, hides money from you and make the people beg n suffer..look take dat!!! tells you you gonna be able to visit 250 countries which dont exist. A governmnet that tells you , you are not smart enough, this is not a real country, go to hell…take of of a woman in a relationship being abused from her boyfriend,,stays and take the blows cuase its him whom she has to beg everyday for money cause no jobs for her

    • Not a herd follower
      May 23, 2016

      Shut the f****** up, fool!

      • Black jack
        May 23, 2016

        Above comments, now people this is what you get from workers supporters and leadership how sad ? can this be!

    • WhatIsDominican
      May 23, 2016

      A real man does not molest children. NO cafe needed.

      • syncronize
        May 23, 2016

        thats why they have to pay all you, buy all you, spend money to have you all follow them. You are so blind that you cannot see. The country crumbling you talking about numbers in a meeting. God help Dominicans. The Workers party as you can see is well equipped with persons who has the gaul and the experience to make things happen. They are professionals, educated with the know hows. Take each one of yours and place against each one of the UWP, chalk and cheese!!! Get real

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