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Letter: Can one head of cattle stampede?
Published on January 25, 2016 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

Can one head of cattle stampede? Can one person be a crowd? Can one tree be a forest? Can one man be a revolution? Can one man be a government? Can one man frighten 110,000 citizens?

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According to some dictionaries, a stampede is uncontrolled concerted running as an act of mass impulse among herd animals or a crowd of people in which the herd (or crowd) collectively begins running, often in an attempt to escape a perceived threat. Species associated with stampede behaviour include cattle, elephants, blue wildebeests, walruses, wild horses, rhinoceros, and humans.

Some may say that one cattle can stampede. Others may say one person can be the beginning of a crowd as some may say one tree is the beginning of a very young forest. We know one man can be a government; we have the living experience of such in SVG. We know one man can frighten 110,000 people; their inaction makes that very obvious.

But can a peaceful crowd be classed as a counter revolution against a one-man Marxist-Leninist revolution?

A man with a slick mouth and a legal brain can make an argument for just about anything. That is what is happening in St Vincent and the Grenadines under Ralph Gonsalves, who claims to be the prime minister but others say he is not because the recent elections were stolen. Claims of wrongdoing are being laid against protesting people for holding public meetings and for carrying placards, for waving flags, for banging drums, for peacefully gathering and talking in groups. Arrests are being made of people who are carrying out their democratic right under the terms of the United Nations Human Rights Declaration and also the St Vincent and the Grenadines Constitution.

Police are gathering up protesters and carrying them to the police station, where they are held for several hours and some released without charge and some charged, and some during the time held are not told why they were being held. Some of them were not properly cautioned when picked up and some not cautioned at all.

Police without proper reason are taking away placards, food and water, flags, musical drums and whatever else they decide to confiscate from the protesters. Intimidating the people, beating at least one person with a truncheon and dragging women and men along the floor and throwing them into vehicles. The police behaviour is undemocratic, unconstitutional, and anti human rights.

Let the world behold the bestiality being laid on peaceful protesters, let all those governments and international organizations who support democracy contact the Gonsalves regime and protest on behalf of decency and democracy.

For those Vincentians in the Diaspora, come on you can speak out; you will still get your airport, after all some of you helped cause the mess we are in.

Peter Binose
 
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C. ben-David:

Peter, please tell us how many of our precious people have been tear-gassed, bitten by police dogs, trampled by police horses, beaten unconscious by out of control officers, shot by police snippers, etc.?

None, you say? Just as I thought.

And what about the mob trying to disrupt the operation of the electoral office plus blocking the streets, forcing ordinary citizens to walk on our dangerous roads.

You damn well know that the NDP is trying its best to provoke our ignorant and poorly trained police to react with pepper spray and mass arrests so as to provoke violent civil disobedience, even revolution, because this is the only way they have of gaining power.

As you well know from my writing, I am the furthest thing from a ULP supporter but this juvenile demonstration crap is approaching an assault on democracy by power-hungry losers.

Vinci Vin:

Peter: SVG's current PM appears to be a man in search of a violent revolution. In fact, he appears to be living in the 50s and 60s when Marxist governments, including those in Central and South America used to accuse the USA of covertly trying to destabilise their nations, that is, working to overthrow legitimately elected governments. As a consequence, the PM and his goon squad appears to take every opportunity to provoke the NDP and its followers. Luckily for the opposition, its protesters seems to be bending over backwards to give the government the excuse it needs to go violent and give the PM his violent revolutionary excuse at putting down a counter-revolution. Anyone doubting this observation can go back and read the PM's assertion to counter-revolution and the motives of Vincentians at home and abroad. The man does have a great imagination, ego, and craving for the trappings of political power.

May God help SVG.

Observer:

I do agree with you. We must condemn any wrong doing on the part of the officers. Let common sense and good judgement prevail. Let us condemn the bad behaviour by some of the protesters too. There are two sides to every story. You only see it fit to report on one side. What about the other?

Yes there are some officers who would want to display their ignorance, but not the entire force. I have full confidence in the men and woman who proudly wore the nation's uniform.

There's a STARK difference here. In 2000 the(Organization in Defence of Democracy), the ODD, now defunct, who had spearheaded the protest where a combination of trade unions came together with one common interest. However, the ULP took advantage of the situation and blocked the roads. What we are witnessing today out side the office of the (SOE), and on the streets of Kingstown, is far different from back then. That's a fact.

I didn't support the blocking of roads, I stood long side the Murray's road and saw the (unruly) behaviour of some supporters' of the ULP. So Peter there's absolutely no comparison between 2000 and 2016.

We didn't had those reckless FACEBOOK postings. The right's of the (SOE)being infringed upon. We didn't had the beating of drums, the blowing of horns, and telling cruise ship visitors not to come here.

According to Dr Adrian Fraser: "HERE I STAND"

observer:

Peter Binose at his best.

The man who often accuses the PM and his government of bullying, is now doing the very same. Because David did not agree with Peter's argument, he lashes out at the man calling him a (Pratt). Isn't this double standard?

We've witnessed the outburst of Binose on several occasions on different media outlets, mainly (IWNSVG), and on this very media (CNN).

You dear not defy the man cause he'll attack you like a raging bull.

Peter Binose:

Oh shut up David and stop being a total pratt.

Peter Binose:

Do you know why I call people pratts, because they are either confirmed pratts or are acting like pratts, and you Observer are included in that analogy.

In your case as a member of an omnisexual politcal party and a supporter of the family dynasty system in Saint Vincent, you are most certainly a pratt.


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