Basseterre’s Police Commissioner Backs Down to SKN’s Main Opposition Party Leader

He has always told supporters that he is not the type of man who loses in any kind of battle, especially political scuffles, and on Wednesday 26th June, 2013, the Political Leader of the opposition People’s Action Movement (PAM), Shawn Richards lived up to his words.

And his message to the Police Commissioner and Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis was simple, “If you want to beat us down, go ahead. If it is your plan to throw us in jail, we done change our clothes and waiting. If it is your plan to shoot us down, go ahead. It is time you realize, we are not afraid! We are willing to sacrifice for our nation.”

That was what he said at a Press Conference on Tuesday 25th June, and he meant it. It now seems like his message got to the commissioner because just hours before the march got started, the top cop backed down from his defiant position, when he stated in an email leaked to the People's Action Movement, (PAM), that he had not granted any permission for the march and that he intended to use "less lethal" weapons against the citizens who come out to support the public action.

That was what he said at a Press Conference on Tuesday 25th June, and he meant it. It now seems like his message got to the commissioner because just hours before the march got started, the top cop backed down from his defiant position, when he stated in an email leaked to the People’s Action Movement, (PAM), that he had not granted any permission for the march and that he intended to use “less lethal” weapons against the citizens who come out to support the public action.

He also admonished his High Command to prepare for mass arrests and went on to use a very strong term, only usually reserved for international terrorists like Al Qaeda.

Walwyn also referred to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis as “insurgents” suggesting that their protest actions must be crushed. But in response, the PAM leader said that he had no fear in the desperate actions of a dictator nor are they afraid of any “police state.

(FILE IMAGE) During the course of the day, Commissioner Walwyn requested a meeting with the PAM Leader and at that meeting he climbed down from his original position, telling the PAM leader that he was now willing to grant permission for the march. He however also asked Richards for his cooperation to avoid travelling down Church Street, which was agreed to and finally, after one month of waiting, the police allowed the people to exercise their rights to march.

(FILE IMAGE) During the course of the day, Commissioner Walwyn requested a meeting with the PAM Leader and at that meeting he climbed down from his original position, telling the PAM leader that he was now willing to grant permission for the march. He however also asked Richards for his cooperation to avoid travelling down Church Street, which was agreed to and finally, after one month of waiting, the police allowed the people to exercise their rights to march.

On Wednesday morning, Richards used his weekly radio program on Sugar City FM 90.3 to again marshal the troops, telling listeners that they must wear white, come to Greenlands Park to pray, worship and march. And 5,000 and more turned out.

Also on Wednesday morning Richards picked up approximately 35 supporters and took them to the Jack Tar Hotel in Frigate Bay, where the Taiwanese Embassy was hosting a trade fair, with special invited guests headed by Prime Minister Douglas and his Cabinet colleagues. The PAM members protested for almost 4 hours.

Their target was the government officials with the aim of sending the message that the time had come for the motion of no confidence to be heard. They also said they were fighting for democracy and good governance.

Their target was the government officials with the aim of sending the message that the time had come for the motion of no confidence to be heard. They also said they were fighting for democracy and good governance.

They remained until the government ministers were leaving and as each one appeared the protested shouted out their anti-government slogans. The high moment was when Douglas appeared, after deliberately delaying his departure for a rather extended period. When he did leave he and his body guards dashed out of the parking lot at a high speed of about 60 mph. But the protesters still managed to belt out their chants of “we don’t want you no more“. “We need to rid the country of Douglas“. “The government has us suffering too much.”

Much concern was raised about the possibility of an accident or someone being knocked down by the vehicle but it seemed like the prime minister and the other occupants of the vehicle cared less about those possibilities.

Much concern was raised about the possibility of an accident or someone being knocked down by the vehicle but it seemed like the prime minister and the other occupants of the vehicle cared less about those possibilities.

While there, the protesters remained respectful of the law and cooperated fully with the large contingent of police officers.

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