OECS Chairman Condemns Attack On Dr. Ralph Gonsalves

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“On behalf of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), I wish to express our deep dismay with the incident,” Mitchell declared in a statement on Friday.

“What we witnessed was heartbreaking and not representative of our true nature as Caribbean people, for this is not how we settle differences, political and otherwise. Within the OECS, we strongly uphold the tenets of democracy and the right of citizens to protest and to have their voices heard, but to do so peacefully and in accordance with the law,” the Grenada leader observed.
He said that the OECS Authority unequivocally condemns the use of violence of any kind and any expressions of protest, such as the burning of police barriers in the street, as was witnessed in Saint Vincent on Thursday.
“Further, the OECS Authority calls on the opposition forces to unambiguously disassociate themselves from such anarchistic acts and to encourage supporters to keep their protest within the ambits of the law,” Mitchell stated.

And he noted that it is even more disturbing that the injury to the Vincentian Prime Minister occurred outside of the House of Assembly, the seat of Vincentian democracy and the location where all political differences are to be freely debated, discussed and resolved.

“We extend our prayers to Prime Minister Gonsalves and wish him a speedy recovery from the injuries sustained, and we call on all Vincentians to opt for rational debate over animosity and extreme behaviour. This is a line, which once crossed, it may become difficult to return,” Mitchell said.

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However he declared that given the demonstrated resilience of the Vincentian Government and people, having experienced a series of crises, from the COVID-19 pandemic to the volcanic eruption, “we are confident that St. Vincent can rise to the higher challenge of national unity.”

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