The Cable: Quality Television, Unlimited Calls to the US & Canada, 2MB High Speed Internet

Connect with WINN FM

Unit C24, The Sands Complex
Newtown Bay Road, Basseterre, St. Kitts, W.I.

PAM ready to march

People's Action Movement supporters during a November 2012 protest march in Basseterre.(Phtoto courtesy St. Kitts Nevis Times) - See more at: http://www.winnfm.com/news/local/4567-police-warns-against-marching-on-church-street#sthash.H24F5t0m.dpuf

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN):  Fighting talk Tuesday from the People’s Action Movement, which appears ready for a possible showdown if the country’s security forces decide to enforce a no-march ban on PAM on Wednesday.

The most militant sounding official at the party’s news conference on Tuesday was former leader Lindsay Grant.

"If they arrest any one of the leadership tomorrow, it going to be mass confusion in St. Kitts and Nevis," Grant told the press.  

"I don't believe the people who support the People's Action Movement would allow any of the leadership to be arrested and sit silently by.  I do not believe any of the persons who support the PLP would allow their leadership to be arrested and sit idly by.  So if peace is to reign and Rome is not to whatever, we must be allowed to peacefully demonstrate," he said.

"Tomorrow is a signal moment for the country.  Tomorrow is a moment of decision for the country."

While refusing to use the word 'march' for what is apparently street action intended to express their dissatisfaction over the much delayed hearing of a motion of no confidence against the Douglas administration, PAM has been insisting that its constitutional rights are being infringed on because the motion hasn’t been heard, and because their latest request for a march has been denied.

Party Leader Shawn Richards during the news conference urged the citizens of St Kitts and Nevis to step forward to defend their constitutional rights.

He also gave a brief lecture about such rights.

Richards during his speech at the conference slapped several labels on Prime Minister Denzil Douglas, including calling him the world’s most notorious dictator – a reference clearly more emotional than factual.

The PAM leader accused the police of wanting to jail the country’s citizens, and accused the law officers of colluding with governing party politicians.

He quoted from emails he insisted were genuine that referred to those who dare march on Wednesday as insurgents, and security forces preparations to deal with these individuals, allegedly at the behest of the prime minister.

"So he’s now planning to use the security forces against the unarmed and peaceful citizens of this country, and we of the People's Action Movement note the threats to lock up and jail our citizens, because they seek to exercise their democratic and constitutional rights, but we urge the leadership of the police force and the defence force not to allow themselves to be dragged into an obvious campaign to take out country further down the path of dictatorship," Richards said.

"We remind you that your job is to protect the rights of the people, not to suffocate them...Fellow citizens we have come across evidence which confirms that the police leadership is colluding with the politicians."

Richards said the police had been advised not to arrest any of the leading opposition politicians, but to detain certain party supporters, and he accused the governing Labour Party of being a minority government willing to ignore the constitution.

"But we hold no fear in the desperate actions of any dictator, nor are we afraid of any police state. becasue as so many other dictators and tyrants have seen, the world is watching, and the international court of justice is waiting.  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 awaiting.  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."  

Asked whether the Wednesday event had the support of the other two opposition parties hoping to form a unity-type government with PAM, former leader Grant described it as a national affair.

"It’s going to be  not about the People's Action Movement, not about PLP, not about CCM, not about NRP, not about the Labour Party, it is going to be an issue as to whether or not the citizens of the country of St. Kitts and Nevis are prepared to stand up and fight up for their democracy which is under serious threat," the former PAM Leader said.

"We are expected thousands of people in their white, tomorrow come four o'clock to demonstrate to Denzil Douglas, he's not a utopia.  He does not stand one man on an island, but we all share the pain the agony and the successes of anything that comes out of this country of St. Kitts and Nevis."

With a clear warning from the authorities that no march has been approved, there could be confrontation on the streets of Basseterre on Wednesday, if both sides stick to their convictions and take action they deem necessary.

Click below to hear full item

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.


Top Local Stories

Most Read - November 2014

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Prev Next

Suspect in Police Custody in Relation to Bus Driver's Shooting Death

Sunday 2nd November, 2014 Hits:4465

Toni Frederick

***UPDATED*** Popular Bus Driver and Entrepreneur Shot Dead

Sunday 2nd November, 2014 Hits:3303

Toni Frederick

***UPDATED*** SKN nationals now need visa to enter Canada

Saturday 22nd November, 2014 Hits:3156

Staff Writer

***UPDATED*** Man Shot Dead Near Needsmust Area Home

Saturday 15th November, 2014 Hits:2571

Toni Frederick

Nation Mourns: Second Murder in Less Than Two Days

Sunday 16th November, 2014 Hits:2502

Toni Frederick

Man Injured in Brazen Daytime Shooting

Monday 3rd November, 2014 Hits:2415

Toni Frederick

Was Shooting Victim Denied Life Saving Treatment at Alexandra Hospital?

Wednesday 19th November, 2014 Hits:2391

Toni Frederick

Man killed in La Guerite

Sunday 9th November, 2014 Hits:2359

Andre Huie

Bus Drivers Stage "No Go" in Wake of Colleague's Slaying

Monday 3rd November, 2014 Hits:2046

Toni Frederick

Venner: EC Currency safe despite almost $ 18 million loss

Saturday 1st November, 2014 Hits:1928

Andre Huie

Government statement on Visa imposition by Canada

Saturday 22nd November, 2014 Hits:1862

Sourced Information

ITN panelists debate Elections Act Amendment

Sunday 2nd November, 2014 Hits:1861

Andre Huie

Family of Slain Businessman Has No Closure, As Accused Walk Free

Thursday 6th November, 2014 Hits:1823

Clive Bacchus





EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

LISTEN AGAIN

 - WINN FM Evening News - 27th Nov., 2014

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 - Commentary by Rodney Baptiste- "Tribute to Kevin 'Broadie' Newman"

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

WINN Weekender 27

- Inside the News - Saturday 22nd November, 2014

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

- The Bigger Picture with Ken Richards 23rd November, 2014

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

-The Operating Room 25th November, 2014

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.