Grenada’s Opposition Leader Says Coastguard turned away Vincy boats from Petite Martinique

Grenada’s newly-appointed Opposition Leader Tobias Clement has issued a statement which confirmed THE NEW TODAY report that the Grenada Coast Guard has been preventing goods from St Vincent to enter Petite Martinique.

In a statement issued Monday evening, the Opposition Leader who is from Petite Martinique addressed the incident in which Acting Police Commissioner Edvin Martin denied that anything of the sort had ever taken place.

 Clement said he is aware of the incident in which goods which originated from St. Vincent were dropped off on Petite St. Vincent (PSV) and the small boats that were taking them over to Petite Martinique were prevented from doing so by a Grenada Coast Guard vessel in the area.

PSV, controlled by the Ralph Gonsalves government in St. Vincent, is the closest of the Grenadine chain of islands to Petite Martinique.

The Opposition Leader who is the Member of Parliament for St. George North-east said that an incident did happen in which goods that came from St. Vincent were put on the smaller boats at PSV but were turned away from entering Petite Martinique by the Grenada Coast Guard.

In his statement on the Coast Guard issue and goods for Petite Martinique, Clement said: “The situation is acute in Petit Martinique. For hundreds of years goods have entered the tiny Grenadine island coming from St. Vincent and the Grenadines via small boats.

The government has stationed the Grenada Coast Guard between Petit Martinique and St. Vincent for several days with the expressed intention of preventing the movement of food. The Coast Guard has stopped boatmen in the channel and turned them away.

The Government ignored the main questions: Is the Coast Guard stationed in the waters around Petit Martinique? Why is the Coast Guard stationed there while leaving the entire southern, western, and eastern coast of Grenada open to illegal operations?

This is an abuse of power and a complete disregard for the plight of our sisters and brothers in their time of need.”

Tobias said the Government ignored the main questions: Is the Coast Guard stationed in the waters around Petit Martinique? Why is the Coast Guard stationed there while leaving the entire southern, western, and eastern coast of Grenada open to illegal operations?

This is an abuse of power and a complete disregard for the plight of our sisters and brothers in their time of need.

May God have mercy on us in this critical time.

By News784

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