Team Unity Mount Protests in St. Vincent and St. Kitts Monday

The rebuke has come from leader of the movement, Dr. Timothy Harris of the People’s Labour Party, Shawn Richards of the People’s Action Movement and Arhnim Eustace, the Opposition Leader in St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

While CARICOM has issued statements on the ongoing political turmoil in Ukraine and Venezuela, no word has come from the grouping on the 15 month delay of the motion of no confidence in St. Kitts, said Dr. Timothy Harris.

 

Though efforts were made to have the matter discuused as an agenda item, at the Intersessional Meeting of CARICOM, which opened in St. Vincent this morning, the opposition says that up to Monday morning, there was no indication that that had been done.

Harris, Richards and Eustace spoke this morning (Monday) at a press conference in St. Vincent, while the CARICOM Heads convened.

in-st-vincentEustace also recalled that 14 years ago CARICOM intervened in a political stalemate in St. Vincent and he said the beneficiary of that intervention was current Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, who has gone on record to say that CARICOM ought not to get involved in the situation in St. Kitts because it was an internal matter that should be resolved between the various parties.

Gonslaves actually intimated in his comments of 2013 that there was no instability or violent activity in St. Kitts and Nevis so there was no need to get involved.

During the press conference which was carried live on various regional radio stations and covered by members of Caribbean media organizations, Harris gave a historic account of what has transpired since the December 2012 filing of the motion by Leader of the St. Kitts and Nevis Opposition, Mark Brantley.

His colleague Shawn Richards also highlighted some of the actions that have been taken to force the hand of the Speaker of the parliament, but to date no effort has been made to table the motion for discussion and debate.

The decision of a recent High Court was also shared with the large audience of Vincentian people who attended the press conference.

The St. Kitts and Nevis politicians were also joined by ordinary Vincentians as they mounted a public protest with placards bearing messages to Prime Minister Denzil Douglas of St. Kitts and Nevis and CARICOM.

While all this was taking place in Kingstown, other members of the opposition were in Basseterre continuing their protest against Speaker Curtis Martin, at the headquarters of the National Bank where he is employed.

illigaldougieFormer Leader of the People’s Action Movement, Lindsay Grant was observed taking his message directly to Martin, as he passed through Independence Square. Grant carried a placard with the message, “Douglas Government is illegal”.

 

 

 

 

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