A disaster waiting to happen


REAL NEWS: Franz deFreitas, the United Progressive Party (UPP) caretaker for St. John’s City South, says  the West African migrant-trafficking situation was a disaster waiting to happen, as news about those lost in this morning’s boating disaster continues to come in.

Citizens and residents of Antigua and Barbuda awoke to the news on Wednesday morning (March 28) that at least one person was dead, over a dozen were missing and 15 had been rescued at sea after the vessel in which they were travelling sank.

The West Africans, many of whom are said to be Cameroonians, were allegedly on their way to St. Thomas, a United States Virgin Islands territory.

DeFreitas notes that it was the Gaston Browne Administration that approved the arrival of Antigua Airways, which chartered a EuroAtlantic flight to bring the West Africans here late last year.

DeFreitas notes, as well, that the Governor-General, Sir Rodney Williams, who sits as the representative of King Charles III, continues to refuse to ask any questions, or to commission a public inquiry, in order to determine how and under what pretext the West Africans were brought here.

He says the development has now reached the stage of being a debacle of international  proportions.

The United Progressive Party (UPP) caretaker for St. John’s City South says this is not the first attempt at trafficking West Africans.

He says the first actually took place aboard a commercial flight out of Nigeria on November 1, 2022, and was sanctioned by the Browne Administration – and on subsequent flights that have left hundreds of Africans stranded here.

DeFreitas is curious to know whether the two international agencies – the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) – which have been invited to investigate the situation of these migrants and compile a report are already on island.

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  1. How long, sir, will you continue to fear this prime minister? How long will you suffer humiliation from his actions and his words?

    Is it that you want to be governor so bad that you will take all the slights and insults from him just so that you could wear ceremonial clothes and visit centenarians and get your picture taken with them? You seem like you were a worthy person. What has changed that? Was it the strong desire to hear yourself being called governor. Really?

    He takes pleasure in insulting you. He knows you will never react against him. You should know that everyday things are getting worse and that at some point you will have to make a stand, one way or the other.

    Take this advice. Save whatever little is left of your dignity. Stop the people from looking down on you with disappointment and scorn.
    Things will not get better. When he goes down, you will fall harder.

  2. Rodney Williams is a timid “Nepo Baby” Further he has no moral compass, so disappointment and scorn is irrelevant to this person. While he serves at the pleasure of the Gaston Brown, he is very much part of the “If you take care of me, I’ll take care of you.”
    Never say never: but I highly doubt there will be an inquiry with integrity. And further, should there be one that places blame on those in power, life will go on for you as a people are not ready to do what the Germans did this week and the French has been doing for weeks. Storm the barricades.

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