Antigua prime minister prepared to deal with “economic terrorists”


Prime Minister Gaston Browne (File photo)

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Tuesday March 17, 2015, CMC – Prime Minister Gaston Browne says he is prepared to deal with “economic terrorists” bent on preventing the socio-economic development of Antigua and Barbuda.

Appearing on the inaugural edition of OBSERVER PM, Prime Minister Browne told radio listeners that his administration, which came to office in June last year, was prepared to vigorously deal with whom he also termed “obstructionists”.

“We have to be tolerant of people’s views; we want to encourage a diversity of views but when it comes to obstructionist politics we are going to make a determined stance to deal with those individuals.

“I also want to make it abundantly clear that those who may intend to become economic terrorists in this country, to block investment and retard the progress of the people of this country to keep our people unemployed. They would have to face the full extent of the law for any infractions whatsoever,” Prime Minister Browne said.

The prime minister was making reference to the public outrage which surrounds two major projects – the proposed De Niro and Packer project on the sister island Barbuda and the US$120 million Callaloo Cay Resort at Morris Bay.

Earlier this month, the people of Barbuda voted in favour of billionaire investors James Packer and Robert De Niro to embark on the US$250 million development of the K-Club.

But a day after the vote the opposition Barbuda Peoples Movement (BPM) announced its intention to file an injunction to have the decision overturned.

Days after the Barbuda vote, government officials met with residents of the Old Road Community to provide an in-depth overview of the proposed five-star luxury resort and adjoining facilities earmarked for Morris Bay.

“We went there to get a better understanding of their concerns and to make sure their concerns are addressed,” Prime Minister Browne said, also issuing a warning for those whom he said were “abusing the court process.

“I want to assure you that if those who took that particular project to court lose they have to pay every red cent otherwise we are going to bankrupt them. A firm message has to be sent,” Prime Minister Browne said.

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