Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines: At the protest action in Kingstown on 5th August 2021, Prime Minister Dr the Hon Ralph Gonsalves and several other persons were injured.
The joint protest action was held in front of Parliament by the NDP, members of the public, the Public Service Union, Nursing Association, Police Welfare Association, the Teachers Union. They were objecting to the Medical Officers (Amendment) Bill 2021 and the Public Health (Amendment) Bill.
The Prime Minister was struck by a missile and sustained an injury to his head. He was rushed to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital for medical attention. Two protestors were also assaulted and battered. One of the protestors, Mr. John Mofford suffered an injury to his head after being struck by a police officer; he was also rushed to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital for medical attention.
President of the NDP, Dr. the Hon. Godwin Friday said, ‘we categorically reject violence in all forms and certainly, I do not condone such acts. I wish a speedy recovery to the Prime Minister and the other persons who were injured in the protest. Let us use this sad event to reaffirm that we must never fight hate with hate.”
The New Democratic Party unequivocally condemns all acts of violence and calls on all who committed these acts of violence to be dealt with by the full force of the law.
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