Philip J. Pierre Extends ‘Well Wishes’ To Injured Dr. Ralph Gonsalves

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Saint Lucia Prime Minister, Philip J. Pierre, has sent his private ‘well wishes’ to injured Vincentian Prime Minister, Dr. Raph Gonsalves, who was hit on the head Thursday afternoon during a demonstration organised by the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) and two public sector trade unions.

The demonstration was against amendments to the Public Health Act,  passed during the early hours of Friday morning in the Parliament.

A fire burns near people protesting against amendments to the Public Health Act in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines August 5, 2021. REUTERS/Robertson S. Henry

The government has indicated that the amendment to the legislation would allow for the vaccination of public sector workers, considered to be front line workers.

After the 74 year old Prime Minister Gonsalves was injured, he was admitted to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital and later flown to Barbados for further medical treatment.

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News reports indicate that he has since been cleared to return home.

“The Government and the People of Saint Lucia wish to extend best wishes and speedy recovery,” a statement from the office of Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister on Friday said.

“While we recognise the right to peaceful protest, we denounce all acts of violence by anyone,” the statement declared.

The chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda, currently on vacation in Saint Lucia, has also condemned the attack on his Vincentian counterpart.

“We should never introduce any form of violence during any form of protestations. We saw what happened in the case of Haiti – the last thing we want is for that type of violence to creep into Caribbean politics or to become entrenched for that matter,” Browne told reporters here after attending the swearing in ceremony for Saint Lucia’s new cabinet of ministers on Thursday.

Vincentian Opposition lawmaker St. Clair Leacock, was quoted  in the local media as saying that he did not take kindly to the physical injury to Prime Minister Gonsalves.

But Leacock declared that Police Commissioner, Colin John, was irresponsible when he allowed the Vincentian leader to walk through protesters in Kingstown.

“I would not have allowed my prime minister, or the prime minister, to alight his vehicle at the point of the Coreas Trading, where there is an angry crowd, and to walk outside of his vehicle, where he is sheltered and protected, through that crowd into the Parliament building,” iWitness News quoted the opposition official as saying.

Headline photo: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, his shirt covered in blood, is evacuated after media reported that he was hit by a stone during a protest in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines August 5, 2021. REUTERS/Robertson S. Henry

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