Protestors Escalate Violence to Bodily Harm

by: - December 5, 2019
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The turmoil in Dominica continues as constituents of Salisbury, an Opposition stronghold on the west of the island have escalated the violence related to protest action.

The highway has been blocked  and re-barred since Monday December 2 when the leader of the Opposition, Lennox Linton and former Prime Minister Edison James were allegedly issued bench warrants following failure to appear in court for a pending matter.

Over the past few days the violence has also escalated in the communities of Marigot on the east, a seat held by the leader of the  Opposition.

The road blockages have been cleared but reports of stones being hurled at commuters passing through Salisbury on Thursday morning and travellers being extorted on their way to and from the Douglas-Charles airport near Marigot have surfaced on social media.

The police have released tear gas in the communities and in one video, one protestor is seen with a leg injury.  The recording suggests  he had been shot.

Seaborne Airlines cancelled Wednesday’s evening flight and passengers travelling to and from the Douglas-Charles Airport are reportedly harassed, abused, pelted with stones and extorted. Unable to drive through roadblocks, video shows travellers lugging suitcases on footpaths to get to the airport.

Hon skerrit says the work of years of building Dominica’s brand is being destroyed in a matter of days by one group.

Last night, December 4, the Prime Minister addressed the nation saying that “the lawlessness shall end and it shall not be permitted to interfere in the democratic expression of will by registered electors in this country”.

The Regional Security System is here on island to assist local authorities maintain the peace.

General elections are scheduled to be held tomorrow Friday, December 6.

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