ROSEAU, Dominica, Friday May 26, 2017 – Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has taken aim at the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP), accusing it of sullying the image of Dominica and threatening its stability.
In a national address yesterday, he blasted the latest round of protests which occurred this week, expressing concern that street demonstrations, lawlessness and violence were fast becoming a dangerous norm that was very “un-Dominican.”
“The portrayal of Dominica as a melting pot for confusion and antisocial behavior is hurting the image of the country and threatens the social and economic wellbeing of our dear land,” he lamented.
“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.”
On Tuesday, protesters staged a demonstration outside Parliament to vent their opposition to the amendments to the House of Assembly (Election) Act, claiming that it legalizes bribery and treating, which are electoral offences in Dominica.
Skerrit reflected on the rioting that followed an Opposition meeting back in February, which resulted in significant damage and losses to businesses in Roseau, as well as the road blocks in Salisbury earlier this week.
“There have been differences of opinion before, and political parties in the past have had reason to vent and express their displeasure with, or opposition to, acts by or policies of the authorities. But never in our history have we had crime and violence being the first course of action by an established political party,” he said.
The Dominican leader warned that if the situation is allowed to go unchecked, it could result in dire consequences.