Different opinions not welcomed by Govt
Opposition Leader Mia Mottley is accusing Government of going after those who take issue with their policies.
Mottley was speaking to the media at Warrens, St Michael yesterday, moments after police stopped a convoy of waste haulers and movers heading into Bridgetown in a bid to heighten protests against the $25 tipping fee.
“This Government has now developed a pattern that if you differ with me, we will curse you, as the Prime Minister did with Sir Hilary Beckles for having a different opinion in relation to the question of [university] fees.
“If you have people criticizing the Government, they will prosecute you as they have done with Reverend Charles Morris in relation to comments made against this Government and as they have threatened to do with Professor George Belle or if you want to express yourself in a peaceful way which all civilized societies allow, then they seek to intimidate you,” she said.
Mottley made these comments after the haulers were stopped by police in the Station Hill area where they were asked to present their licence and insurance documents. She said this action was intended to have an intimidating consequence.
“This is not the Barbadian way and these actions reflect a level of contempt, a level of callousness and a lack of care for ordinary people and circumstances which they are facing,” Mottley said.