Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has assured leaders gathered in Guyana for Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, that the situation in Dominica is under control following civil disturbances in Roseau on February 7.
In his outgoing speech as Chairman of CARICOM, Skerrit blamed the “rebellious acts of the leadership of the opposition” for the violence saying the perpetrators will be brought to justice.
“Mr. Chairman and Colleague Heads, on a rather personal note, I wish to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to those leaders who called and otherwise enquired about the social events in Dominica, following the rebellious acts of the leadership of the Opposition in Dominica two Tuesdays ago, ” he stated. “The situation at home, I can assure you, is under control and I expect that a thorough investigation will be carried out into those disturbances, with a view to bringing the perpetrators of any and all unlawful behavior, to justice.”
He told the Heads that Dominicans are appreciative of the interest shown and solidarity expressed.
In the evening of February 7, Roseau was inundated by violence hours after a meeting by opposition parties calling for Skerrit’s resignation. Several businesses were vandalized during the disturbances.
The government has laid the blame for the violence squarely at the feet of the opposition, with Skerrit saying it was part of a plot to overthrow his government.
However, the United Workers Party (UWP) has distanced itself from the violence saying it took place hours after the meeting had ended.