United Workers Party Candidate for Grand Fond, Thompson Fontaine, has dismissed reports that the United Workers Party is boycotting independence celebrations. He says this is untrue and the party is very much in support of in support of independence.
“I have heard people saying that we are boycotting independence that is not true,” he said. “We are very much in support of our independence, in fact yesterday we were out in town with national colors and our national flag”.
He said they are only stressing that they are not supporting the way in which the current president was elected.
“We believe that it was done unconstitutionally and as a result we as a party have a duty and a right to protest. And we are asking and we are calling on the general public to protest just two events at which the president will be presiding as a show of support to show to the Dominican public that we are not in favor…and hope that the Dominican public will support us as we move forward.
Fontaine and UWP parliamentary representative for Roseau Central, Norris Prevost, were both sighted over the weekend, at Market Day With a Difference which was presided over by President Charles Savarin.
Fontaine says he was there to support the hardworking people of Dominica.
“… I am here to support the people, hardworking farmers, and the hardworking vendors here at the Roseau market and I believe that as a party we are in full support of these people the farmers who brings the produce as well as the vendors who sell”.
Meantime, Parliamentary Representative for Roseau Central Norris Prevost, says he is not happy that he was excluded from participating in the Market Day With A Difference.
“…as member for parliament for Roseau central one of the highlights of my independence has always been to be here at market day with a difference to share some thoughts with the farmers, with the people of Roseau…normally the market would allow me to do this as part of the program since I am the member of parliament for Roseau,” he told DNO.
“This year what we have seen is that I have been excluded from speaking at the ceremony. Only the minister was allowed to speak which is another indication to the people of Dominica that the government is trying to abolish opposition in Dominica,” he complained.
Prevost said one of the reasons for the protest against the presidency is because “by taking Mr. Charles Savarin, Mr.Skerrit is taking control of the presidency and this is not good for or democracy”.
He said he too was at Market Day With A differenec to support the farmers.