DNA Cautions Restraint by Police and Protestors at Picket


The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) has had sight of an image being widely circulated on all social media platforms depicting what appears to be the Riot Squad of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda on “stand-by” mode in the vicinity of the Queen Elizabeth Highway.

It is widely known that a group of citizens and residents who have formed themselves under the banner, Freedom Fighters, have signaled their intention to hold a second peaceful protest outside of the Office of the Prime Minister later today. This would be the third of such protests in that location.

The group held their second peaceful protest last Sunday at the market square which, regrettably, went terribly awry and deteriorated into chaos and mayhem when the riot squad unleased what we described and denounced as “excessive use of force…”. We are again deeply concerned that the Police may exercise a heavy-handed approach which we view as unwarranted under the circumstances.

We urge all parties to exercise restraint and reason always and further admonish the authorities to appreciate that the right to assemble, associate and peacefully protest are among the fundamental pillars of our fledgling democracy. Likewise, we call upon the Freedom Fighters to continue to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner and to observe all established COVID-19 protocols.

We call upon the Prime Minister, Attorney General and Commissioner of Police to recognize that compassion, temperance and level-headedness are critical components in leadership and governance. We ask them respectfully to desist from taking a contemptuous, arrogant and uncaring approach for the lives and livelihoods of our citizens and residents. It is never too late to do the right thing!

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  1. DNA I hope a few of your supporters were a part of the Freedom Fighters picket today since the fight against an uncaring government for the right of peaceful dissent transcends party politics.

    • 🤣🤣🤣🤣 a company and numbers u a look??? Ms. Messiah has made it pellucidly clear that the UPP is playing from the same old handbook and she wants no part of it!!! That’s why her party was kicked to the curb on Observer because the DNA led by the strong, fearless, warrior who Lovell bad played for party leadership, refused to tangle themselves with the protest against Global Ports orchestrated by the UPP. Labeling her a “traitor” among countless other things….she nah go back to that messy squalor 🐖 🐷 🐽 🐗

    • TABOR looking for support for His FAILING UPP. DNA will never support FREEDOM FIGHTERS or UPP. Tabor trying to.join UPP and DNA .NEVER HAPPEN

    • NO PERMISSION WAS GIVEN!!!! That “activity” was ILLEGAL! Stop trying to twist the FACTS. It should have never happened in the first place!!!!

  2. This not over yet. We will mingle with the elite come Bird funeral. We will be fighting for equal rights.

    I want see if police go try teargas we and shoot rubber bullets now. We coming and we coming hard because we fighting for equal rights and our constitutional rights and our freedom from a dictatorship govt.

    • What “equal rights” are you “fighting” for??? The vaccine is OPTIONAL or do you not understand or choose to not understand the meaning of OPTIONAL??

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