So far the prime minister has elected not to respond to the claims of Clecton Phillip, who is an ardent supporter of the united opposition parties in St. Kitts and Nevis who are seeking to unseat the ruling administration led by Dr. Douglas, for the past 18 years.
In his statement, Phillip indicated that on Friday 3rd January, 2014, while taking photos of a protest action at Port Zante, he was threatened with bodily harm. He said this was done in the presence of the body guards and scores of other law enforcement agents escorting the prime minister to his vehicle, at the end of the protest.
Phillip said the threat against him came while taking photos of the prime minister and in so doing he said he was (allegedly) told, “Move from in front of me before I kick you”. Phillip admitted that he was fearful that he would be kicked. Phillip explained that the alleged perpetrator had to be restrained.
The activist said that he therefore made a formal complaint to the police at their headquarters on Cayon Street.
Four hours after making that complaint, said Phillip, he was arrested at another opposition protest, outside the St. Kitts Marriott.
“Some four hours after making my formal complaint against Dr. Douglas, I was taking pictures of a public protest outside the St. Kitts Marriott Resort located at Frigate Bay. At about 8:00pm, whilst on the sidewalk opposite the Resort’s exit gate, Commissioner of Police CG Walwyn stormed onto the scene that, for more than an hour, was being adequately and peacefully controlled by his junior police officers, and ordered my arrest.”
He said he was held in police custody for some fourteen hours overnight, despite the fact that the Senior Magistrate had granted him bail, sometime after 9:00pm. “I firmly believe that my wrongful imprisonment and the violation of my constitutional and human rights were a direct response to me making a formal complaint to the police about Dr. Douglas’ threat to do me bodily harm,” charged Phillip.
“I want to make the point pellucid, that at no time did I threaten Dr. Douglas in any way because I have respect for the office which he occupies, notwithstanding that I have no confidence in the way he has managed the affairs of this country. I am persuaded that he does not now possess the constitutional authority to be Prime Minister and thus he is illegitimate. But I will never threaten the person that sits in that office,” added the former government advisor.
He continued, “I believe that the Federation is now headed in the wrong direction, that our people can no longer endure the pain and hardship this illegitimate Douglas administration continues to impose on them and consequently, a change of government is needed now. Our people must be given the right to have a government of their choice and that opportunity must come without delay. As a responsible citizen and resident of St. Kitts and Nevis, I will always promote and defend my sacred right to advocate for good government and better governance for this country.”
Despite his arrest and the alleged threat, Philipp remains defiant, “For the avoidance of doubt I wish to say clearly that I will continue to fight, along with all citizens and residents of goodwill, for a St. Kitts and Nevis where ALL our people can live in peace, prosperity and harmony.”