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SVG Minister on PM Injury: “This is Not an Accident”


by Kevon Browne

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): “This is not an accident,” expressed the Minister of Transport, Works, Urban Development and Local Government, Julian Francis, concerning the head unjust sustained by Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves on Thursday, August 5.

In an update on the injury, Dr. Gonsalves reportedly suffered a concussion after being struck in the head by an object outside Parliament on Thursday (August 5) during the protest organised by the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) two trade unions.

The protest stemmed from the Vincentian government’s move to have frontline workers vaccinated against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Here’s a statement by Dr. Gonsalves after his injury from Barbados Today:

According to Minister Francis, the Police Force on the island charged Anna-may Lewis with wounding the island’s prime minister speaking in Parliament on Friday morning at around 1 a.m.

“This is not an accident. I want to say they lock up the woman. If you don’t know Dr. Friday, they know who it be, and the police done lock she up and then begging to go and apologise to Dr Gonsalves. I say no apologies! Apology for what? Because you get [locked] up, you want to apologise? No go and apologise to Dr. Friday. You can’t go in front my political leader and apologise to him. She [is] in police custody,” said the minister during the continuation of the August 5 eleventh sitting of the House of Assembly.

Earlier in his presentation Minister Francis laid the blame for the incident at the feet of the leader of the Opposition, Dr. Goodwin Friday.

“And whatever happens to Prime Minister Gonsalves, I put the blame fully, squarely on the leader of the New Democratic Party and the New Democratic Party,” said Francis.

Authorities said Lewis would spend the weekend in lockup as she was denied station bail. Lewis is expected to appear in court on Monday (August 9) to answer the charge.

In an article from News784, Lewis’ lawyer on Friday (August 6), Kay Bacchus Baptiste, said her client was forced to confess to injuring the Prime Minister.

WINN will provide more on this as the situation develops.


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