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(Dominica News Online) Senior Counsel, Tony Astaphan, has justified the action of the police when they barred Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton, from entering the parliament building on Tuesday.

Linton said he was attempting to get some papers from his office in the building but a contingent of police officers, dressed in military attire, prevented him from doing so. The entire episode was played out live on Facebook.

Speaking to state-owned DBS Radio, Astaphan said it was obvious that the police were not taking any chances in light of a protest that was taking place at the same time outside the building and recent events.

“In light of the protest that was taking place, of the ten men that were combining to make noise, in light of the Tuesday (February 7) destruction when the faith reposed in the leadership of the Freedom Party and the UWP by the Police Commissioner was betrayed, it was obvious to me that the police high command was not prepared to take any chances again to allow disruption and destruction and damage to any political or national institutions such as the Parliament or DBS or the financial center and government building and they were secured,” he stated.

He noted that in the midst of all this, Linton tried to gain access to the building that was “secured by the police in the event of disturbances by, guess who, the same supporters of Lennox Linton and the UWP.”

What was more important, he stated, was Linton’s “bizarre reaction” to the matter.

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