Three police officers were injured in an operation on Thursday to clear the main road in the community of Salisbury in Dominica, Police Chief Daniel Carbon has said.
The road was blocked as part of protests for electoral reform on the island.
Carbon also confirmed that the main road in Marigot, which leads to the airport, was cleared by the very people who had blocked it.
“Three of my officers got injuries,” he stated late Thursday in relation to the Salisbury operation. “But I can also confirm that there have been no fatalities. Nobody has lost their life as a result of this operation.”
Carbon stated that during the operation, police officers, which included local police and members of the Regional Security Services (RSS), came under attack by a mob which pelted them with stones, bottles and firebombs.
The mob also attempted to firebomb the Salisbury Police Station Carbon stated.
He pointed out that the police were forced to defend themselves but no deadly force was used.
“The police had to use necessary force and in that situation use tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd and protect themselves,” he explained. “I want to confirm and inform the public that at no time did the police use live ammunition in the community of Salisbury.”
He called on residents of both Salisbury and Marigot to conduct themselves properly as the island goes to the polls on Friday, December 6.
“Ensure that general election is conducted peacefully and in an atmosphere of tranquility,” Carbon remarked.