Deafening silence

Leader of the main opposition People’s Action Movement (PAM), Shawn Richards, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that to date, none of the regional leaders had responded to their pleas to intervene in the current political stalemate, warning that neither the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nor the sub-regional Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) can afford to turn a blind eye to the situation.

“It is unfortunate that one doesn’t hear any sort of urgings coming from these particular leaders throughout the region saying to the Prime Minister that what he is going is setting a bad example for democracy not only in St. Kitts-Nevis but throughout the rest of the region.

“ We will continue to agitate politically if it means that we have to have more demonstrations we will do so,” said Richards insisting that CARICOM or the OECS cannot argue they have no right to interfere in the internal affairs of St. Kitts and Nevis, since they are guardians of democracy in the region.

He describes the political situation as tense and likely to worsen and that there have already been politically motivated acts of violence.

“If things are to continue as they currently are we are not certain that that can be avoided. Already you have had a number of incidents because of the fact that tensions are high. You had a political meeting in my constituency in which someone’s windshield was smashed, tyres were slashed, the chairman of the Labour party and also the minister with responsibility for Health Marcella Liburd her vehicle was also damaged.

“A candidate of the Labour Party had his vehicle damaged along with some other persons. Recently someone fired gunshots at the house of the Speaker of the National Assembly.

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