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Protesters show shell casings which they said was fired by police on Tuesday

(SNO) -The police in Dominica have reportedly fired live ammunition and tear gas in the community of Marigot in Dominica on the second day of protest for electoral reform on the island.

On Monday, residents in the area blocked the road stranding scores of people traveling to the airport and other pedestrians.

However, Tuesday turned out to be the worst day of protest with police firing tear gas and bullets in a bid to keep the area under control.

“We have police shooting live ammunition and the people of Marigot continue to stand and resist oppression …” Brian Linton, the brother of opposition leader Lennox Linton, told the media.

He added, “We are demanding free and fair election, reform, and a clean voters list in the first instance.”

Scene in Marigot on Tuesday

He said the people will not be backing down.

Videos and photos circulating on social media show tear gas canisters and bullet casings, which protesters said were fired by the police.

Dominica is in the grip of political tension as general election, slated for Friday December 6, draws near.

Civic groups and the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) have been calling for electoral reform. They said the current electoral system gives an unfair advantage to the ruling Dominica Labour Party.

A number of recommendations for reform were given by a joint OAS, Commonwealth and CARICOM mission to Dominica but they have fallen on deaf ears.

The protesters have been calling on the DLP administration to clean up the voters’ list, issue voter identification cards, regulate campaign finance and grant equal access to state media resources to all political parties.

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2 comments

  1. St. Lucia we will never forget how you evil and heartless PM sent armed agents of satan to terrorize the innocent residents of Salisbury with teargas at 3:30 in the morning while they were still asleep in there beds. Senior citizens gasped for air, babies screamed with their eyes on fire, and helpless half naked women were left fleeing their homes at 3:30 am with no where to run to because your pumping of poison into the atmosphere was relentless. Chastenet you, Skerrit and 7 other Son of Belzebub leaders in the Caribbean sold your souls to the devil and attempted to sell the souls of the people on your Island. Dominican's are rejecting your imposing your will to Serve satan on them and your father the devil asked you to kill us on site.
    God in Heaven saw you and we the Righteous will stand still and witness your destruction. You will be put to shame and disgrace live on TV, internet and every avenue available for the entire world to witness as your daddy satan drags you naked on the streets of St. Lucia before he devours you. You are of the father the devil. For all the officers who accepted that command for $5/hr your day is coming.

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  2. This is a disgrace why is the PM using the police to inflict harm on their own citizens. What is being asked is valid. all other Caribbean islands have verification measures for citizens and not just merely stating I know him or her he is such and such child

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