Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is calling on the Dominican public to condemn the announcement by Opposition Leader Lennox Linton of a campaign of civil disobedience all over Dominica beginning on Monday 30th September 2019.
Linton took this action in furtherance of his party’s campaign to get Prime Minister Skerrit to account for $1.2 billion of Citizenship by Investment (CBI) funds which was not included in the 2019-2020 national budget that Skerrit presented to parliament in July, and until the list of electors is cleaned and ID cards for voting are issued.
“He is seeking to confuse the people and he is also seeking to bring confusion in the country, and I believe every law abiding, every conscientious concerned Dominican needs to put aside partisanship and condemn this thing,” Skerrit said on State-owned DBS Radio this morning.
According to the Prime Minister, nowhere in the world a leader would call for civil disobedience.
“Civil disobedience means to break the law, to trample on the rights of citizens…and disrespect people,” SKerrit stated.
“Is that what we what for our country?” he asked.
Civil disobedience, also called passive resistance, is a refusal to obey the demands or commands of a government or occupying power, without resorting to violence or active measures of opposition; its usual purpose is to force concessions from the government or occupying power.
Skerrit said that a country is not built by confusion, “a country is built by a vision and a plan…and unfortunately Mr. Linton does not have a vision nor a plan,”
Meanwhile, the prime minister has suggested that these actions by the opposition to be taken in the upcoming tourism season, would not be good for the country.
“The tourism season is coming up…” he stated. “Tourists will not want to come to a country if they believe that they are not safe, and when a political leadership is calling for it people take it more seriously.”
Skerrit explained that the vendors, in various parts of the country who rely on the tourist dollar, “have the risk of losing that because of Mr. Linton’s call for civil disobedience and unrest in the country.”
“It’s a deliberate attempt to seek to undermine the opportunities and the well-being and the way of life of Dominicans,” he said.
Saint Jean bashes Linton for taking salute at youth rally
39 mins ago
November 16, 2019
The Minister for of Education and Human Resource Development, Petter Saint Jean, finally broke his silence on the decision by students to march in defiance of instructions by Education Officials to call off the march past at the national youth parade and the Leader of the Opposition’s response to that decision.
The organizers cancelled the parade due to inclement weather but the students rejected that decision and proceeded to march in the absence of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit who had already left the venue.
With the prime minister being absent, Opposition Leader Lennox Linton, who was positioned in front of the stage, took the salute from the marching students.
“All sober and right-thinking Dominicans must have been appalled, annoyed and disgusted,” Saint Jean commented, in response, in a recent statement which appeared on social media.
He said the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) has always given utmost priority to the safety and security of the nation’s youth.
“Friday, November 1st, the meteorological services reported unstable weather conditions with scattered showers and possible isolated thunderstorms,” the Education Minister stated. “The Windsor Park Stadium grounds were waterlogged; there were light showers and the conditions appeared threatening.”
According to Saint-Jean, the ministry decided in the interest of the students and their teachers, to cancel the march-past.
“There was defiance by some students, reportedly encouraged by some including senior officials within the Ministry of Education and Lennox Linton, the Leader of the Opposition,” he remarked.
St. Jean accused Linton of breaking “all norms, protocol, decency, and respect for authority when he proceeded to pose for the salute” adding that this cation confirmed the leader of the opposition as someone who lacked discipline and respect for authority.
“His actions clearly illustrate that he was encouraging our children to show disrespect to public officials and to defy authority which is symptomatic of the campaign that he has waged over the last 10 years,” he stated.
Saint Jean went on to describe Linton’s action as a clear demonstration of the UWP leader’s irresponsibility and his unfitness to lead Dominica.
“Mr Linton’s poor judgement, bad example and hunger for power have all gone to his head and we must, as a nation, pray for him,” he remarked.
Linton has that his decision to take the salute from the students had nothing to do with politics; instead, he wanted to show support for the students.
He said after observing that while the children were chanting “we want to march, we want to march”, the prime minister and his family were leaving the park and the other members of the government were leaving with the prime minister as well.
The Opposition Leader explained that considering the “long and hard” work the young persons had put into preparing for the event, and the unreasonable decision taken by the Ministry of Education to not allow the students to march, he decided, as a show of symbolism, for their independent action and decision, to take their salute being the highest-ranking parliamentarian left in the stadium.
He said it was very inspiring for him as a leader, looking at young children being independent in mind and spirit.
Meantime, Saint Jean revealed that the Independence Youth Sports Meet was postponed three (3) times because of the soggy conditions of the Benjamin’s Park in Portsmouth.
“Eventually this sports meet did not take place because of the likelihood of injury to the young and enthusiastic athletes,” he revealed. “There were no complaints.
Saint Jean said that the organizers, students and athletes “and certainly their parents,” were all in agreement that the action taken by the ministry was in the interest of those who had trained and eagerly awaiting the opportunity to display their athletic prowess.
Veteran musician and sound engineer, Marcel Cruickshank, passes away
3 hours ago
November 16, 2019
Veteran musician, Marcel Cruickshank, who was for many years a member of Dominican’s longest-serving band, the Swinging Stars, has passed away.
Swinging Band leader Peter Letang told Dominica News Online (DNO) this morning that Cruikshank died at the Princess Margaret Hospital at 7:25 last night. He said Cruickshank had been ailing since after Carnival this year.
Cruikshank started off in music as a drummer and later became the sound engineer for the Swinging Stars for the rest of his musical career.
Letang also told DNO that Cruikship was the drummer involved in the original creation of the soca beat which has been attributed to the Lord Shorty of Trinidad and Tobago.
Criuckshank was also an electronics technician who operated a repair workshop located in Roseau.
ANNOUNCEMENT: National public meeting to elect Rosanna Emmanuel (Pichelin)
4 hours ago
November 16, 2019