St Kitts – Several persons have been arrested following what was described as a peaceful protest in St Kitts last Friday 20th August 2021.
A poster circulated on social media last week invited persons to “Stand up for their your rights” at a peaceful walk through the streets of Basseterre. It cited “ending segregation and manipulation” as the reason.
The walk according to information was initially discouraged by the Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police Force after it was brought to their attention.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Adolph Adams said the Public Order Act requires that events need to be approved by the Commissioner of Police and no application had been received for this event, therefore no permission had been given.
Adams also informed that any event carried out without such permission would be considered unlawful and would be brought to an end “by any reasonable means”.
Despite the warnings, persons lined the Street with placards and social media was abuzz with live videos of the happenings in Basseterre.
Shouts of “No Vaccine” could be heard on Church Street as it became clear, based on interviews and footage on social media that one reason for the peaceful walk was to stand in solidarity with persons who have lost their jobs due to their choice to remain unvaccinated.
Police were on scene to enforce the COVID-19 protocols of mask-wearing and social distancing and made several attempts to disperse what can only be described as a peaceful protest.
Tear gas was reportedly expended into the crowd, causing respiratory issues for some who had to be transported to the Joseph N France General Hospital, the publication reported.
In summarising last Friday’s events, Leader of the Opposition Dr Denzil Douglas posted: “I’m now at the Basseterre Police Station, Police Headquarters, Cayon Street in Basseterre. Benjamin Bassue “Model Cop”, a former police officer and social media podcaster, has been arrested.”
“A young lady and mom from St Paul’s village of Constituency Number Six were also arrested, Douglas was reported as posting on social media.
video FB – Modelcop Shaq Bassue-Benjamin