The Dominica Freedom Party Leader Kent Vital is seeking a meeting with the Commissioner of Police and his senior officers to discuss his party’s views on the actions of the Police on Saturday December 15th 2018 to break up a public meeting organized by the Concerned Citizen Movement (CCM).
The DFP leader says a letter dated December 20, 2018 addressed to the Commissioner of Police and copied to Rayburn Blackmoore – Minister of National Security, Levi Peter – Attorney General, Lennox Linton – Leader of the Opposition, Loftus Durand – President of the Concerned Citizens Movement and the President, Dominica Bar Association, has gone unanswered.
Vital has now released the letter to the public via the media.
Vital states in the letter that the police action breached the constitutional rights of the persons attending the meeting, had no legal basis, and was a breach of the Public Order Act.
He argues further that the break-up of the meeting had no justification whatsoever given that it was peaceful and that persons suffered illness, discomfort and property damage as a result of the use of tear gas.
The DFP is seeking an audience with the Police Commissioner to fully explain its views on the issue of whether permission is required for public meetings or “Protest Actions in Dominica.