Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said yesterday that his ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP) would not be removed from office unless through the ballot box as he condemned the violence that erupted there on Tuesday night as police used teargas to disperse opposition supporters demanding his resignation.

Addressing the 24th annual general meeting of the Agricultural Industrial and Development (AID) Bank, Skerrit, who had earlier toured some of the businesses looted or set on fire by the protestors, said that his silence should never be regarded as a sign of weakness.

He told the bankers that the riot had been organised “clearly by the leadership of the United Workers Party and their associates” had resulted in millions of dollars in losses.

Skerrit said the store owners and others had invested significant amounts of resources into the island, adding that the stores attacked were done so randomly.

Earlier, Opposition Leader Lennox Linton condemned the “violence and vandalism” in the capital on Tuesday night and denied that the party played any role in getting protestors to set fires and loot several buildings.

Meanwhile, in a radio and television address last night, Skerrit said 32 males were arrested for various offences in relation to the reported incidents and investigations are continuing into the overall conduct of the meeting and protest action.

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