KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – A local radio talk show host has said that “guerrilla war” will break out in this country if Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves receives any of the EC$250,000 in damages a court awarded him because of slanderous comments broadcast on Nice Radio eight years ago.
The radio station was implicated in the lawsuit because of statements Eduardo “E.G.” Lynch, host of the New Democratic Party (NDP) “New Times”, made about Gonsalves and financing for members of his family on a trip to Rome.
Station manager Douglas De Freitas says his company cannot afford to pay the damages although listeners have contributed EC$29,000 to a fund.
“Well, I am using this forum tonight to send a message to Ralph Gonsalves. Ralph, I am quite emotional about this; understand me. As a matter of fact, I have told my wife this. I told her ‘make up your mind that Matthew Thomas would be imprisoned or assassinated’,” Matthew Thomas co-host of “Stay Awake” on Nice Radio said in his programme Monday night, according to a recording obtained by I-Witness News.
“You know, it comes a time when you have to do things, whether you are willing or not. … But, let me tell you this, any day you get a cent from Dougie or anybody on your behalf from the court, a guerrilla war would be started in this country,” Thomas said to Gonsalves.
“You charge me tonight; have me arrested for exciting the public. You put me in jail I will lead the guerrilla war from jail. You assassinate me, the seed would have already been sown. Take warning,” Thomas further stated.