(Dominica News Online) Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has warned of what he described as a ‘dangerous precedent’ now taking place in Dominica.
In an address to the nation on Thursday, he said the precedent that is being set is where the “expression of views by some, is accompanied, almost always, by street protests, lawlessness, and violence.”
“Dominica is being black-eyed in the regional and international world by media reports of this very “un-Dominican” behavior that is creeping into the mainstream of society,” he stated.
According to the Prime Minister, earlier this week, members of the police force had to restrain themselves as they deal with the mob-like behavior of ‘political activists’- doing the bid of their leaders.
He was referring to scenes outside parliament on Tuesday where protests were held in opposition to matters that were being tabled in parliament, including amendments to the House of Assembly (Election) Act. The protesters said the amendments will legalize treating and bribery, which are electoral offenses in Dominica.
“Earlier this week, members of the Dominica Police Force were forced, once again, to restrain themselves and, by so doing, exposed themselves to the real and serious threat of injury to their person and the destruction of private and state property, as a result of uncontrolled, mob-like behavior by political party activists, doing the bidding of their leaders,” he stated.
He referred to rioting in Roseau on February 7, following a meeting of the opposition United Workers Party and road blocks in Salisbury earlier this week.