“Justice is the indispensable companion of the truth. Accountability for crimes and gross violations, including individual accountability under criminal law, is key to reinstate public trust in justice and security institutions to rebuild the rule of law and sustainable peace.”-United Nations.
Rise Hairouna is a nonpartisan citizen powered grassroots movement which envelopes equality, integrity and humanity. In the best interest of generations to come, Rise Hairouna encourages citizen power to champion St. Vincent and the Grenadines where justice is seen to be done no matter political affiliation, gender, colour, or financial status. Rise Hairouna believes in the oneness of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and its ability to prosperously soar. National security, basic healthcare, human rights, violence, police brutality and extreme poverty plagues the nation with the present administration showing an unwillingness and or are incapable effectively address.
Over a month ago, Senator and Deputy Speaker of the house of parliament in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ashelle Morgan was named in a most egregious crime concerning the shooting of a citizen, Mr. Cornelius John on April 13th, 2021, at his place of residence. Mr. John stated that Ms. Morgan, Assistant Director of Public Prosecution Karim Nelson, and an unnamed person of interest, entered Mr. John’s private dwelling, uninvited, with guns, assaulted, threatened, and then shoot Mr. John in the leg. Mr. John has stated that Ms. Morgan, brandishing a gun, threatened to shoot him in the mouth should he again call her name. Uttering the words “ I will F—king kill you if you call my name again in your mouth.” Further, the police have confirmed to Mr. John’s attorney, Mrs. Kay Bacchus-Baptiste, that the gun is unlicensed. The Senator and the Deputy Director of Public Prosecution still hold their post, we are calling on their resignation and for appropriate charges to be laid against those involved in this shooting incident.
On July 6th protestors went out onto the streets of capital Kingstown to stand up for justice, however they were met with force from the police. Protestors were exercising their democratic right but a group of heavy handed police officers and a special unit called Black Squad which was put in place by the sitting Dr. Ralph Gonsalves brutalized men and women. Women were cuffed, choked and thrown in gutters. Dr. Ralph Gonslaves who has been accused of fraudulent elections, raping his police security detail Michelle Andrews and sexually assaulting a human rights lawyer Margaret Parson who currently resides in Canada. Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and his ruling party is also a minority government.
Please see below testimony from a protestor and also a video which clearly indicated excessive police force.
Yesterday, a Rastafarian man was standing under the gallery of Marcole Plaza In Kingstown. After Superintendent Enville Williams gave the go ahead to the Secret Service Unit and Black Squad to beat up on the female protestors and others which resulted a fight ensued between civilians and police. This was all done to create a diversion so the Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves could escape to protestors. An officer by the name of Williams issued orders and all of a sudden police started brutalizing the protestors.
Anyways back to the Rastafarian man a Secret Service Unit officer rushed from the streets grabbed the man and started beating the man up. I don’t even think the Rastafarian man was a protestor. At the time the police started beating him he certainly was not doing anything but standing under the gallery. As the officer started beating the man, the man started defending himself. Other police men saw and joined in so protestors mainly the same women the police were beating up on with a few men, had to go rescue the Rastafarian man. So the police pulled him is so the crowd held on and pulled back until one senior officer grabbed him and blocked the others from beating up on him. We were not going to let go the Rastafarian man. We pulled him right from their wicked clutches.
I want Superintendent Enville Williams to know that thanks to his order:
1. A female protestor was held by her neck and slammed into a gutter.
2. A male protestor was beaten several times in his chest.
3. An innocent bystander was brutally beaten by an ignorant SSU officer and his gang
Rise Hairouna pleads with associations and organizations across the Caribbean region and internationally to look into the issues Vincentians are currently facing and lend support to the concerned citizens of St. Vincent and the Grenadines who are beginning to see the Rule of Law, Police Brutality and Democracy Dismantled.
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