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Democracy on Trial?

by Clive Bacchus

St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): If you wanted proof that democracy is fragile and must be protected, recent events in the US Capital just did the job.

That’s the view of Nevis Premier Mark Brantley as expressed Wednesday evening (January 6) on his radio program titled “On the Mark”.

Since the November election, US President Donald Trump railed against rigged elections and encouraged supporters to march on Washington to defend democracy.

“I know your pain, I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side. But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order,” Trump posted on Twitter. “We don’t want anybody hurt. It’s a very tough period of time. There’s never been a time like this, where such a thing happened, where they could take it away from all of us. From me, from you, from our country. This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you, you’re very special. We’ve seen what happens, you see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know you how feel. But go home, and go home in peace” Trump said.

Wednesday’s events drew condemnation from world leaders. Others saw the display as proof of US hypocrisy on the issue of free and fair elections.

After the mayhem in DC, President Donald Trump spoke directly to his supporters and encouraged them to go home in peace.

Back on the local scene, Mr. Brantley pointed to attempts to derail democracy here, including barring opposition access to state media, attempts at gerrymandering, and the illegal removal of people from the voter’s list.

 

 

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