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