Commentary With Winston Barnes
SOUTH FLORIDA – A number of developments in Antigua and Barbuda should cause the Caribbean community some amount of concern. It can easily be argued that some of the actions taken by the current government are possibly, un-democratic.
A former secretary to the board of education has been in and out of lock ups because of allegations of actions she took while she sat on the board. On Tuesday (March 22nd), an opposition senator was arrested on charges which are yet to be articulated.
What makes it truly frightening is that the arrest came mere hours after the prime minister noted the senator could avoid consequences if he retracted his statement about the citizenship by investment program.
Then most injudiciously, the often acerbic government spokesman says, “the Government does not direct the police what to do.” A statement, which is made every time there is a controversial arrest or detention.
It should be obvious now that the police do not need to hear from the government to take action that is at least irregular.
This is the same government which continues to create animosity for a radio station; it claims is critical of the government which is nonetheless, one of the best news organizations in the entire eastern Caribbean.
These are sad signals from a country which ought to be a beacon of democracy in the region.
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