Police halt Independence Square meeting

Police tonight halted the fourth meeting of the University of Independence Square where Barbadians had gathered to observe African Liberation Day and honour the late Archbishop Granville Williams for his contribution to Barbados.

At 7:58pm a policeman, who reportedly said he was acting on direct instructions from the Commissioner of Police, walked up  to the podium as Opposition Barbados Labour Party Member of Parliament Trevor Prescod was speaking and immediately put a stop to the proceedings ahead of the planned bestowment of a posthumous tribute to the deceased Spiritual Baptist pioneer.

The irony of the police action was not lost on members of the late Archbishop’s church, who were gathered there to receive the tribute, as Archbishop Wilfred Babb noted it occurred mere yards away from Fairchild Street bus terminal where the late Williams concentrated much of his pioneering and revolutionary style of worship and was frequently removed by police.

David Comissiong, president of the Clement Payne Movement and member of the Pan-African Coalition  – the two organisations hosting the meeting – said that owing to an oversight, the actual permission for this meeting, held the third Saturday of each month, was not obtained.

“The officer said to me that he had strict instructions from the Commissioner of Police himself to terminate this meeting,” he told Barbados TODAY.

Comissiong, an attorney-at-law, said he found the police action unusually inconsiderate as they were “holding a meeting in a sense under the auspices of one of our statutory corporations, the National Conservation Commission; having permission from the NCC, having all the requisites of insurance coverage in place, and yet the police not even being prepared to [let me] explain that a slight oversight had been made and to exercise some discretion to permit a meeting that basically was about the liberation of our black people”.

Archbishop Babb spontaneously began a church service without the aid of loud speakers and Comissiong presented him with the tribute to Williams during that service.

 

 

32 Responses to Police halt Independence Square meeting

  1. Wrigley Don
    Wrigley Don May 25, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Commisioner was under orders from the PM to halt this legal gathering because the government has been trying to procure funds from the Deputy Prime Minister of the Arab nation visiting Barbados. Hiding Barbados religious practices and public display of religion.

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  2. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock May 25, 2014 at 1:18 am

    What that got to do with it! !

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  3. Wrigley Don
    Wrigley Don May 25, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Arab nations won’t invest in countries that allow public assembly of religious beliefs….

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  4. Wrigley Don
    Wrigley Don May 25, 2014 at 1:23 am

    An we are not a nation with bargain power. We have nothing to offer. Beggars can’t be chooser

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  5. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock May 25, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Errol Barrow, not only made a political speech, but he profocide, that one day we would wake up an find Barbados is not our own, but he didn’t relized that his own party would have sold out to the highest bidder.

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  6. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock May 25, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Then the minister of agriculture proposal, is in broge.

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  7. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer May 25, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Rawle Maycock. Power is in the tongue and ignorance is a curse. Be careful what you wish for

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  8. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer May 25, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Rawle Maycock. Power is in the tongue and ignorance is a curse. Be careful what you wish for

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  9. Raymond Jones
    Raymond Jones May 25, 2014 at 2:41 am

    Yes close them down, no special treatment get the necessary permission what’s so hard about that to understand.

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  10. Charly Bamboo
    Charly Bamboo May 25, 2014 at 3:22 am

    I see the chains are still around their necks.

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  11. John Herbert
    John Herbert May 25, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Seems as though most of us here missed this in the article:

    ‘David Comissiong, president of the Clement Payne Movement and member of the Pan-African Coalition – the two organisations hosting the meeting – said that owing to an oversight, the actual permission for this meeting, held the third Saturday of each month, was not obtained.’

    They did not have the necessary permission, therefore they were breaking the Law! The job of the Police is to enforce the Law…what has that go to do with the Errol Barrow, the PM, religious meeting or free speech?

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  12. John Herbert
    John Herbert May 25, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Seems as though most of us here missed this in the article:

    ‘David Comissiong, president of the Clement Payne Movement and member of the Pan-African Coalition – the two organisations hosting the meeting – said that owing to an oversight, the actual permission for this meeting, held the third Saturday of each month, was not obtained.’

    They did not have the necessary permission, therefore they were breaking the Law! The job of the Police is to enforce the Law…what has that go to do with the Errol Barrow, the PM, religious meeting or free speech?

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  13. Frederick Alleyne
    Frederick Alleyne May 25, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Breaking the law must not be condoned; but clearly the government and its agents do not understand who they represent and the consequences of such actions, which have historical parallels. History is a foolish ting.

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  14. Cole Tanner
    Cole Tanner May 25, 2014 at 7:32 am

    This story has so many errors I not sure who or what it is about… Do u mean Archbishop Granville Williams? And Bishop Malcom Babb?

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  15. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua May 25, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Fist law any citizen should know is….keep within the law…permission was needed..permission was not granted..or go rent a private area if you dont want to wait to obtain it ..I am sure the late Archbishop would not want anyone to break the law on his behalf…If Barbados is seeing funding from Prime Minsiter Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan..I am sure that young man knows that Barbados is a christian society…he is not stupid..

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  16. Adrian M Chase
    Adrian M Chase May 25, 2014 at 7:58 am

    A luxury yatch is in the port……everyone gone wild.
    Does the word ‘lease’ ring a bell??

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    • Matthew Clarke
      Matthew Clarke May 25, 2014 at 8:00 am

      we live on an island, a tourist destination, we are also doing some business with arab investors, why people surprised an arab yacht would visit, same way european yachts visit as we have been doing business with them for years.

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    • Matthew Clarke
      Matthew Clarke May 25, 2014 at 8:01 am

      adrian we might have to set up a chalk board and an abacus for some lol

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  17. Bentley Williams
    Bentley Williams May 25, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Why Matthew? To further confuse them?

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  18. Bentley Williams
    Bentley Williams May 25, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Rawle Maycock wha ya mean by Errol Barrow not only made a political speech but he profocide doh? Ya mean he like murdered a prophesy? lololz

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  19. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte May 25, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Vendors in Bridgetown does need permission to do their trade.

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  20. Bentley Williams
    Bentley Williams May 25, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Buh wait doh, Abramovich park he yacht dey de other day and we ain’t get no cheap Russian oil and gas, all we get was 10 Saints beer sold in Chelsea, so I hear….. wdh!!

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  21. Cole Tanner
    Cole Tanner May 25, 2014 at 9:25 am

    I am a member of this faith. U need permission to have any open air gathering. Commissiong clearly stated they didn’t have it. Unfortunate but easily remedied

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  22. Adrian M Chase
    Adrian M Chase May 25, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I can see the port from my home Antoine … so what?
    Every thing must be political or religious?
    You lost me when quoting Ellen G White though….seriously.

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  23. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock May 25, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Jannete, ignorance is in the tongue, but power is the action, iam, not wishing that iam just being repetitive of what Errol Barrow pronounced.

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  24. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock May 25, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    You guys at home, playing, games with the lives an livelihood of the country, all in the name of who you like rather than what’s right for the country, it’s all about money an leadership, an the decisions one makes.

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  25. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield May 25, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    No permission was sought hence none was given .Steuppse do the right thing .All the rest of talk is irrelevant .Dont mind who is not doing what is right ,make sure you do what is right .Do not shoot the messenger but heed the message

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