Can men dressed in army jungle warfare uniform, who carry no identification on their tunics or jackets, no numbers, no names, no ranks, be considered legitimate police officers? Or are they military officers? A political army, answerable only to what I consider a Marxist-led regime?
Why would such men, carrying loaded weapons by way of automatic pistols in hip holsters under their tunics be used to carry out police functions in a metropolitan city, when they are dressed for jungle warfare?
Why does St. Vincent need an armed paramilitary force, a force that frightens and brutalises Vincentian people, if not physically, certainly mentally? Clad in military uniform, sometimes carrying armed assault rifles, ready to fight a jungle war in Kingstown, what are we coming to? What has this communist led regime done to us?
According to international law, a paramilitary force is a militarised force whose function and organization are similar to those of a professional military. But in the case of St. Vincent and the Grenadines who claim they do not have an army, do not have a military, these men are not considered by the government as part of a formal armed force, so they cleverly call them police officers. They do not act like police officers and do not carry out the normal function of police officers. These men, always armed, sometime armed to the teeth, are little more than a paramilitary political police force.
Under international law, the Law of Armed Conflict, a state may incorporate a paramilitary organization or armed agency (charged with police functions) into its police forces. But why do we need such a force in SVG? We are not at war, we do not have any terrorists, we are not being attacked by a foreign power, we don’t even have home grown terrorists. We do not have armed conflict — not now and never have had. Therefore, is such a force acceptable and legal under International law?
I raise these points, because this regime that we are living under are bent on creating fear in the people. Remember when the police raided Bryan Alexander’s Kingstown office and searched the contents of the office and its safe, supposedly looking for money laundering activity?
They surrounded the building and saturated the streets with these very same SSU officers, a paramilitary army, with officers posing as police. Men all dressed in jungle fatigue army dress, patchwork of camouflaged tunics and trousers for hiding in jungles. They raided these offices terrifying people in the streets with their big automatic assault rifles — way over the top.
Yes, I said in Kingstown, crouching behind cars and trucks, as if expecting to be attacked. And after all that display of excessive force, they found nothing, no charges, no explanations. Just a political force carrying out its political orders to cause as much panic and fear as possible, while showing the regime’s might to its opponents.
Then the same force went to the home and radio station of Douglas DeFreitas, NICE Radio, looking for a police incriminating letter which they never found. Nineteen officers all together, armed to the teeth, rude and frightening to this very nice family. Obviously sent as a political warning, because I believe they would never dare such actions without direct sanction or instructions. Again this was a show of power. A frightener, and attempt to shut the mouth of the owner of the radio station and the NDP program hosts.
There have been many minor skirmishes in Kingstown, this paramilitary force flexing their muscles, frightening and terrifying the citizens.
The latest atrocity was the arrest of Vynnette Frederick. A small lady whom I believe is hated by our prime minister, a well-spoken and articulate adversary, some one who Gonsalves in the past has publicly described as a snotty nosed girl, equated her to several types of mango’s in the most derogatory terms. He even said she went away a girl and came back a tomboy, which I believe, as a Vincentian, equates with being a lesbian.
I believe a plan was hatched to re-arrest her in the most embarrassing and public way possible. In a way that would embarrass her and her colleagues, which I can only believe to be a purposeful and flagrant breach of her human rights; total disregard of international norms and laws. Thus making a political statement.
Ms Frederick had attended court in Kingstown on charges brought by the regime and its cronies. The magistrate threw out the charges and discharged her. She went with her lawyers and the Opposition Leader, the most honourable Mr Arnhim Eustace, to lunch at a restaurant following her court appearance. Thirty minutes later whilst seated in the restaurant, detectives and a bunch of armed SSU officers in their jungle military warfare uniforms turned up and re-arrested her. It was made to be unnecessarily as public, nasty, embarrassing, and image damaging as possible. Image damaging for both her and the Honourable Opposition Leader, Mr. Eustace. It was a statement by the regime that they can do whatever they want whenever they want and there is nothing that anyone can do about it.
Why were those armed paramilitaries in what was considered an unjustified excessive number, required to arrest a slip of a girl — person of good standing, a lawyer, an officer of the court, a member of the Bar Association, a senator, with no history of violence, no history of crime or criminal activity, not considered a flight risk. Why? Why could she of not been simply requested to attend the police station the following morning.
I believe that the police and this paramilitary mongoose-gang, could never of done such a thing without direct instructions and orders from the very top. I strongly believe the orders came from Gonsalves and Colin Williams, the DPP, to be carried out at the behest then of the Chief of Police.
We need to know if any or all of these SSU officers were the ones trained at a U.S. school, or the most recently ALBA military school. Have any of these officers ever taken training in any ALBA country, including Cuba, Venezuela or Bolivia home of the ALBA school, operated and controlled by Iranian presidential guards, special training classes in urban warfare and interrogation techniques?
(Even their title Special Services Unit (SSU), does not imply they are policemen, the word police is not part of their title.)
I personally claim that this force is akin to Hitlers German Gestapo, why do we need such a force. The answer is to carry out the bid and call of the ULP government’s Marxist policies. They are quite simply a political paramilitary force engaged in the act of terrifying the regime’s opponents, controlling the population through fear. Can you imagine how they and the regime could of acted and behaved like if the new constitution with its extended powers had ever been adopted in 2011?
Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, has said on more than one occasion, “I am here to finish the work of Maurice Bishop”.
Bishop, now dead, was a lawyer and Marxist Leninist under the control of Cuba, who took over the Grenadian government by a revolutionary process in 1979. Bishop locked up thousands of Grenadians, many without trial. He locked up religious leaders, lawyers, Rastafarians, and almost any one who whispered his name. He closed down newspapers and radio stations, tapped the telephones of about the whole nation, and was instructed by his Cuban masters to get rid of the Catholic church because they were counter-revolutionary. He was instructed by his Cuban masters to keep two sets of accounts to deceive the International Monetary Fund.
What I write here in the above paragraph is public fact written from Public Records. I have made up nothing and render only the truth, according to public records available to all.
Following her re-arrest on Thursday, opposition senator, Vynnette Frederick, was slapped with nine charges relating to making false declarations, swearing falsely, and fabricating evidence, she will return to court on July 31.
(Six similar or close to being the same as she was previously acquitted, and three new charges.)
I sincerely hope that that all decent minded patriotic Vincentians make their voice heard regarding this whole debacle, and reject the legality of this Gestapo style mongoose force.
Self-appointed keeper of the whistle
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