Roseau MP, Norris Prevost, has vowed to boycott two events during the independence celebration in protest of the installation of Charles Savarin as president of Dominica and is calling on all Dominicans to do the same.
“I am boycotting the Skerrit/Savarin Presidency for the good of my country, Dominica,” Prevost stated pointing out that the presidency “is bad for Dominica.”
The United Workers Party MP said he will continue his peaceful protest “for as long as it take” until Savarin does the right thing and step down “and allow Dominicans to unite our beloved country.”
“I will not be attending the National Youth Parade. I will not be attending the National Day Parade on November 3rd. I will not be sending the children under my care and supervision to the National Youth Rally,” Prevost said on Friday. “As one who has served Dominica in Parliament for 25 years, I believe this peaceful protest called for by the United Workers Party, is right. I am therefore in good conscience and for the good of Dominica, calling on all the citizens of Dominica, to ‘Do the Right. Be firm. Be Fair’, as we are encouraged to do by our National Anthem. In this regard, I took my first small peaceful action, by remaining seated, at the recent FIFA trophy tour, when Mr. Savarin entered, and we were asked to stand for the President.”
Prevost noted that for prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit “to transfer” Savarin from Minister of National Security in the Cabinet of his Government and within a matter of days make him President of the Dominica, “is a deliberate and dictatorial move to turn Dominica into a one-party state where Skerrit, the ‘Little Dictator,’ controls the Cabinet, controls the President and even controls the appointment of magistrates and judges to the courts.”
“This is bad,” he said. “Mr. Skerrit knows this is bad. Mr Savarin Knows this is bad. If we Dominicans do not remove the bad apples from the rest, the little that we have left of our Dominica will be spoilt.”
He went on to say that UWP political leader Lennon Linton once stated, “the Skerrit/Savarin Presidency, even if made, it will not stand.”
“It was the late John F. Kennedy who said to America in the early 1960’s ‘Ask not what your Country can do for you, but what you can do for your Country.’ We don’t have to throw stones and burn down property like Savarin and others did in 1979. Let us show the world that we Dominicans, led by Lennox Linton, can protest peacefully like, Ghandi, like Martin Luther King Jr, and like Mandela, and save democracy in our country,” Prevost said.