St Johns- Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne has warned those issuing death threats against him and his family that he is prepared to protect himself and those closest to him.
Speaking on a local radio show PM Browne said he is not afraid.
“Stop the foolish rhetoric….If you come close to me talking about you are threatening me, you will get hurt….Don’t test me!” the Prime Minister said.
“I’m not promoting any violence here but I want y’all to understand that I’m very spontaneous when it comes to people who bring violence to me. I’m going to defend myself always. Those of you who are sending these messages, who are posting these things on social media, I’m asking you to cease and desist because if y’all come close to me and threaten me, ya’ll will get hurt,” the Prime Minister said.
During the radio show on Pointe FM, the host read a post in which one individual threatened to kill PM Browne, his wife, son and 10-month-old daughter.
Drawing reference to the incident on August 5 when Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves was injured during a protest in Saint Vincent, Browne said: “You see like how they chop Comrade Ralph [Gonsalves] in his head? The same stone that they throw at Ralph if they throw it at me they getting it back in their face.”
Prime Minister Browne accused opposition forces of encouraging people to act violently against him.
His government is facing criticism over its move to mandate either COVID-19 vaccination or regularly testing for some public sector workers and several protests have been staged in the twin-island nation.
The issue of mandatory vaccination has been the cause of demonstrations in other parts of the Caribbean, including St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados and Guyana.
Source: Loop News Caribbean