ROSEAU, Dominica (CBN4) -- Two weeks after violence erupted in the capital city of Roseau, president of Dominica, Charles Savarin, has addressed the rioting and looting.

 

The rioting followed a meeting held by the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) earlier that day near the Financial Centre.

 

Savarin pointed out that, despite the right of every Dominican to freedom of expression and freedom to assemble, citizens should still abide by the law. 

 

The president stressed that specific guidelines were given to members of the UWP ahead of the meeting that preceded the rioting and it will be up to law enforcement and ultimately the courts to determine if the terms and conditions were adhered to.

 

Political debate should be alive and well in a democracy like Dominica, Savarin emphasised, but he also cautioned that we should “resist the temptation to tarnish the name and image of our country or its vital economic interests”.

 

 

The president concluded that we each have a sacred responsibility to maintain peace in order to enjoy a successful carnival.

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