Leader of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP), Hon. Arnhim Eustace called out his party supporters to join the protest in Kingstown today, following the arrest yesterday of several protestors.
A report by I-Witness News says nine protestors were arrested for what police say was a failure to observe the outer limit for protesting near buildings in which the head offices of government ministries are located.
The protesters were picketing outside the Electoral Office in Kingstown, where demonstrations have been taking place since the December 9th, 2015 general election, which the Unity Labour Party (ULP) won, but the NDP refuses to accept the election results.
Speaking on the NDP’s radio programme yesterday, Mr. Eustace said he regards the action of the police as “reprehensible”, adding that the protesters did nothing wrong but were exercising their rights which have been guaranteed under the constitution of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”
According to I-Witness News, Commissioner of Police Mr. Michael Charles said the distance from any ministerial building where a protester can assemble is 200 yards.
The arrests came one day after police removed barriers they had erected near the Electoral Office since the protests began.