Riot police confront another major protest in Dominica

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Police in full riot gear including shields and batons were called out to deal with protestors in Salisbury in Dominica

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Police confront residents in Salisbury
Photos: Facebook/DNO

By Caribbean News Now contributor

ROSEAU, Dominica — Another major protest erupted in the small community of Salisbury in Dominica on Thursday, blocking the main highway that connects the capital Roseau and Portsmouth. Police in full riot gear were called out to confront the protestors.

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Roads were blocked with boulders and old appliances

The main road was reportedly blocked in three places road with boulders and old appliances and shots were reportedly fired in the air as police moved towards protestors, seeking to clear the streets.

One month ago residents of Salisbury, including local farmers, held a major protest over what they claimed were the “deplorable” conditions of the community’s roads and a lack of attention by the government to the problem.

“The last time the prime minister was in Salisbury was on March 3 and said that he would be addressing the road situation in the community very soon but after two months nothing has been done,” said local member of parliament Hector John during the May protest.

The latest protest reportedly began as a result of the police attempting to arrest individuals who allegedly took part in the previous protest last month.

John said protestors were being attacking by police even though they were behaving in a peaceful manner.

There were unconfirmed reports of teargas being used against the protestors.

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