Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Vincentian Police Say More Charges Likely In Attack On Dr. Ralph Gonsalves

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Vincentian Police have announced that more charges are likely as investigations continue into Thursday’s attack on Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, during a protest outside parliament in Kingstown organised by the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP), trade unions and other groups.

Local media quoted opposition leader, Dr. Godwin Friday, as saying that officers searched the homes of ten individuals, whom he identified as activists, business people and opposition spokespersons, in connection with the protests.

“It’s quite clear that the searches were a signal from the head of Government that they are coming for those in the forefront of the demonstration”, NEWS 784 quoted Friday as saying.

One woman, identified as 56 year old vendor Annamay Lewis, has already been charged with wounding in connection with the injury Prime Minister Gonsalves received during the protest and is due to appear in court on Monday.

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According to a statement issued by the  Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, a probe revealed that the accused ‘allegedly  unlawfully and maliciously wounded’ Gonsalves ‘by striking him on the right side of his head with an unknown object’.

The police statement observed that while every citizen has the right under the constitution to protest, it must be done peacefully, lawfully and responsibly.

In this regard, the police implored people who wish to protest to do so without breaking the laws of the country and; or impeding the rights of other citizens.

Reports indicate that protesters blocked the road leading to parliament and as Prime Minister Gonsalves and his security detail attempted to make their way on foot, an individual threw an object which wounded the Vincentian leader.

He was immediately taken to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital for medical treatment and later flown to Barbados for further attention.

Since then, Gonsalves posted on his official Facebook page that he is ‘on the mend’ having suffered a concussion that will have to be monitored for weeks.

 

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