The executive of the United Workers Party is to file criminal complaints following statements made by Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, at a Dominica Labour Party (DLP) public meeting in St. Joseph on Tuesday night.
In a press release on Thursday, the UWP alleges that the statements, described as “frightening and highly inflammatory,” incited segments of Dominica’s population to threaten and harass members of the UWP and the filing of the complaints are being done “in the interest of peace of this country.”
According to the statement, the complaints will be filed with the “Chief of Police, the Inspectors in-charge of the Roseau and St. Joseph Police Stations alleging that Dominica’s Prime Minister, Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit has incited certain segments of the Dominican population to continuously intimidate, threaten and harass the United Workers Party’s Executive as well as every supporter of the Party.”
At the public meeting the Prime Minister had said that he views members of the UWP as ‘traitors.’
“I view them as traitors and I want you to do the same as well,” he told supporters. :When you see them on the streets, in the supermarket, at a funeral, on a plane or even in their cars, shout out to every single one of them – Traitor! What do you call them? Traitor! When you see Lennox Linton, what do you call him? Traitor! When you see Thomson Fontaine, what do you call him? Traitor! When you see Monelle Williams, what do you call her? Traitor!!”
According to the UWP, “these words tell their own story and relay their own messages of fear.”
“The Executive of the United Workers Party calls on every Dominican to totally disregard the irresponsible, illegal and frighteningly inciting directive to intimidate, threaten and harass Executive Members and supporters of the UWP issued by Dominica’s Prime Minister,” the statement said. “The UWP Executive also calls on Dominicans to refrain from participating in any conduct that would disturb the Peace in Dominica as a result of the Prime Minister’s directives.”
The statement ended, “The Leadership of the UWP takes this opportunity to extend every best wish to all Dominicans and visitors to our shores the enjoyment of a very great Carnival celebrated in Peace and free of unsavoury incidents.”