Protesters not impressed with PM

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart told protesters against conditions in Venezuela that Barbados would do whatever was within its power to help restore the country to calm.

That assurance came at the Intern-American Press Association conference where he was questioned by a protester on what his administration would do for Venezuela where that person contended democracy was under threat.

Placard-bearing protesters had lined themselves along the back of the conference hall of the Hilton while Stuart was delivering remarks to the media meeting yesterday, and during time allotted for questions, former director of RCTV in Venezuela, Macel Grannier, posed the query.

“I am aware that there is a certain amount of restlessness on the streets of Venezuela,” Stuart said, and added: “I think it is desirable that countries are allowed to settle down so that the pursuit of developmental goals can be undertaken.

“I can assure you this: if there is anything that Barbados can do to end that situation and to help the country to settle down so that the elected government of Venezuela can get on with its work, Barbados will use its good offices in that regard.”

Protester Mirna Hughes told Barbados TODAY that RCTV, which was regarded as anti-government, was closed in 2007 because the broadcast licence was not renewed after expiration.

Commenting on Stuart’s response, she said: “I find his answer [was] like I don’t want to get in trouble. I don’t want to get involved. A very light answer. I find that he did not compromise himself. And he did not really answer the question.”

Speaking outside the conference hall after Stuart’s address, Hughes and a number of other protesters dismissed the Prime Minister’s assurance that he was constantly updated on happenings in the South American country through Barbados’ ambassador.

They argued that this island’s representative does not see the unrest and restricted living conditions all over the country.

They were equally dismissive of Stuart’s indication that he would soon meet the Venezuelan Ambassador to Barbados
for discussions.

“The ambassador is for the regime and he comes here with instructions,” one protester said.

13 Responses to Protesters not impressed with PM

  1. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte April 7, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    we vant pressure nor can we invade Venezuela,

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  2. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne April 7, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    This is so laughable. That serve Freundel right. You can’t clean somebody backyard if you can’t clean your own.

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  3. Sisi Kitty Greenidge
    Sisi Kitty Greenidge April 8, 2014 at 1:50 am

    No one is impressed, but we will have to know what we stand for if we’re still allowing this to go on.

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  4. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 8, 2014 at 3:57 am

    He need to hush he mouth take the weight off that nose and sort out the ongoing problems in Bim.

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  5. Raymond Jones
    Raymond Jones April 8, 2014 at 6:58 am

    I willing to bet all the tea in china, the majority of those people could not find Barbados on a map.

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  6. Katharine Clarke-Weekes
    Katharine Clarke-Weekes April 8, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Why make promises to people you cant keep. Should be lookin in the mirror

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  7. Katharine Clarke-Weekes
    Katharine Clarke-Weekes April 8, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Why make promises to people you cant keep. Should be lookin in the mirror

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  8. Fiona Waldron April 8, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Don’t yuh just love Barbados! We can protest against injustice in Venezuela, but not a boy would much less raise a placard to protest against an intellectually bankrupt government which is taking us and our economy to hell in a bloody hand basket!

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  9. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner April 8, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Do these protesters seriously think Barbados can do anything to help solve internal problems in Venezuela when it can’t even solve problems within Caricom.Barbados is a tuna in a shark pond when it comes to world stage people.

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  10. Julia Whitehall
    Julia Whitehall April 8, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    But how can he make promises to those people when he can’t even get his own country right? Something is wrong with this picture.Sometimes it’s best to stay out of people’s business.

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  11. Julia Whitehall
    Julia Whitehall April 8, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    But how can he make promises to those people when he can’t even get his own country right? Something is wrong with this picture.Sometimes it’s best to stay out of people’s business.

    Reply

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