Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton, has told supporters to head to Douglas-Charles airport on Wednesday afternoon for what he described as a peaceful demonstration to protect democracy.
He also called on the police to exercise restrain during the demonstration.
“Tell the police to hold their guns because there will be no need and no reason for them to shoot anybody,” Linton said on privately-owned Q95 on Monday morning.
Linton first made the call for the demonstration at a rally in St. Joseph on Sunday evening.
“Let me explain to you what is going on,” he said. “We have a democracy to protect, we have a vote to protect from criminal behavior. We have a vote to protect from an illegal overseas vote from violation of the House of Assembly Elections Act in Dominica that Roosevelt Skerrit and his gangs are threatening to use and take the result of the election in their favour.”
It is alleged that a number of overseas voters will be coming to Dominica on Wednesday on a chartered aircraft to cast their ballots in the December 8 poll.
“We have people coming in we, are going to welcome them, we have some things to talk to them about we have some exchanges we are going to have, we are going to Melville Hall on Wednesday afternoon,” Linton said.
He said on Q95 on Monday morning that the demonstration is going to be peaceful.
“It is not intended to stir up any strife, it is not intended to provoke anybody, it is one of those simple demonstration of protest of disatisfaction with something that is wrong in our democracy which those who are responsible for dealing with have ignored,” he said.
Meanwhile Dominica News Online understands that the police have over the past few days been camping near the airport.
In an audio recording obtained by DNO, police chief Daniel Carbon, was heard telling police officers that “no political affiliation or conviction” should prevent them “providing security.”
He went on to say that the police force is the only institution of the state “that is entitled to used deadly force justifiably.”
“In any Caribbean country or the world would sit down for political reasons, or lack thereof, and allow any aircraft coming in and crash because it had diesel on the runway …” he said.
There have been rumors that diesel will be placed on the airport runway to prevent aircraft with overseas voters from landing at the airport. The police have not publicly said whether these rumors were justifiable threats. Several calls to the police PRO, acting superintendent Claude Weekes, went unanswered on Monday.
Linton said as the leader of the UWP, he is a peaceful man who “have absolutely no intentions of leading anyone of our citizens into harm’s way.”
“I expect he police to respect that,” he said.