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Tourism Minister strongly condemns ‘chaotic and unjust’ actions of bus drivers

by: - April 13, 2021
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Minister for Tourism, Denise Charles: (File Photo taken by Alyan Christopher)

Minister of Tourism Hon Denise Charles has lamented the disregard for the rule of law exhibited during a protest held this week.

Bus drivers began protest action on Monday morning, advocating for assistance from the Government of Dominca due to the financial impact associated with the covid-19 pandemic.

However, the protest action left many individuals unable to carry out their normal duties and Minister Charles stated that while she appreciates everyone’s constitutional right to protest, it does not exist in isolation.

“One person’s rights cannot be at the expense or in violation of another’s and does not include lawlessness and disregard for the rule of law. It cannot be right that school children, already impacted by the pandemic are denied access to theirs schools and in many cases had to walk back home. It cannot be right that others are deprived of the means to go to work, to earn their living due to arbitrary protests whilst discussions are ongoing with the very said, bus drivers,” she stated in a released statement on Tuesday.

She added that the lawless action undermines the ongoing discussions between government and bus operators.

“Not only does it impinge on the rights of others, but it also erodes any good faith that is necessary for productive discussions.”

“Let it be clearly known that I strongly condemn the lawlessness, chaotic and unjust actions of a few bus drivers. This is a time when sensibility, patriotism, and understanding must prevail,” she added.