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PM Insists She Did Nothing Wrong… Says Incident Raises Issues of Class and Discrimination


(Barbados Today) Prime Minister Mia Mottley says it is “an issue of class and discrimination” which has blown up over a Good Friday incident involving owner of The Cook Shop Ross Ashton, police officers and herself.

Emphatically clearing herself of any wrongdoing, Mottley said she believed the issue had been blown out of proportion simply because Ashton’s business was located in Deacon’s Road, St Michael.

The Prime Minister’s response came as she continued to come under fire from some on social media and from President of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Verla De Peiza and Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn, who both accused her of abusing her powers by intervening when she spoke to police officers after they tried to stop Ashton from operating.

“I’m surprised that nobody has asked how does this become a police matter. The bottom line is were restaurants and cook shops and food stores allowed to be able to serve on Sundays and bank holidays?

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