Draw the line!

Sinckler wants Opposition parties to temper their supporters’ behaviour

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler is warning of the possibility of Barbados descending into violence if political parties do not control the actions of over-zealous supporters eager to cross the line.

Speaking in Parliament today, Sinckler also cautioned that unnamed persons, who he said had illegally recorded phone calls and Internet transmissions of public officials and private individuals during the tenure of the last Barbados Labour Party Government, were waiting “in the wings” for the call of elections to continue their “dastardly” acts.

Sinckler’ warnings came during his contribution to debate on the Telecommunications (Amendment) Bill 2017, introduced by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, “to ensure that speciåfied provisions of the Act are applicable to the rules, regulations and orders

made in accordance with the Act”.

Sinckler spoke of persons in Barbados using modern communications applications such as Facebook and Instagram to abuse others. And noting that general elections were due shortly, he warned that, “violence will rear its ugly head in the coming campaign”.

He quickly qualified that statement by saying that such would happen only “if the people who are responsible for leading these political parties . . . do not make it abundantly clear to their supporters  . . .  that there is a line beyond which they should not cross”.

“I know what I am talking about,” he affirmed.

While the Member of Parliament for St Michael North West said that the violence could be provoked by “people on both ends of the spectrum . . . if you do not control them”, he was confident that his own leader would not allow such lack of control within the Democratic Labour Party.

“I know my Prime Minister has made it very clear what his position is,” Sinckler said.

However, he lamented that the situation on the island had deteriorating over the last few years to such an extent that persons were speaking about public officials needing to get a gunshot, and he warned that whether such ideas were uttered on the Internet or on the road, “somebody may feel empowered to go and carry out such an act . . . they believe that they can try a thing or test a fella and it is not going to be easy”.

Sinckler said there was an emerging trend in Barbados to misuse technology, explaining that there was someone  who “every other week, takes up a computer, puts on it a recording of total lies, mischief innuendo, and even sex against people in Barbados”.

He said that this person is allowed to do it repeatedly, “and nobody intervenes to say anything to that individual”.

“I think the Commissioner of Police ought to be able to have prosecuted somebody by now.”

In introducing his Bill, Stuart had given an overview of happenings within the telecommunications sector and informed the House that Government would soon introduce legislation for intercepting certain electronic communications that the authorities may deem to have criminal connections.

As he supported this planned initiative, Sinckler pointed to what he said was illegal tapping of telephones of persons during the term of the last BLP Government.

The Minister of Finance however sought to make it clear that he was not accusing the former Owen Arthur-led regime of authorizing or knowing about the wiretapping because he said that even Arthur’s phone was bugged.

However, the senior Government official reported “that sometime between 2000 and 2009 personal telephones in Barbados and Internet communications … were intercepted under the last Government”, adding that there was an affidavit supporting his claim. The DLP assumed office in January, 2008, after defeating the Barbados Labour Party in the general election that year.

“I fear that the people who were sitting behind such a clandestine and wicked and dastardly attempt to bastardize the rights of Barbadians in Barbados, criminal attempts, are waiting in the wings to gather unto themselves the power to continue with their nefarious activities when the election is called.”

“I always felt my phone was tapped when I was talking to the then Leader of the Opposition and President of the Democratic Labour Party [David Thompson],” he said, adding that the phones and computer communications of many others were intercepted.

“There are files with those conversations being kept somewhere in somebody’s house. Those intercepted conversations and Internet email.

“When these matters are dispensed, a  full and complete investigation ought to be done to find out who it is that was empowering certain people to tap phones in Barbados,” he added.

21 Responses to Draw the line!

  1. Richard Johnston February 7, 2018 at 2:54 am

    When will they be imposing martial law?

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    • jennifer February 7, 2018 at 4:10 am

      Soon – by radio though. Funny, how the imposers will be running and hiding too. Hahahahaha.

      All this old WOT distraction rubbish, which leads to nowhere. So much dam serious issues and they distracting with this nonsense. something is truly wrong. Forget this, implement accountability and removal of useless, do little politicians. I bet they don”t go there.

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  2. Tony Webster February 7, 2018 at 6:12 am

    Desperate men. Desperate days. Desperadoes all. You know who got to pick up the pieces? You and me: Tax-payers, because what you borrow, yuh gotta repay. You reap…exactly what you sow.

    Once Upon a Time, we had Real Pride, Real Industry.

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    • Jennifer February 7, 2018 at 9:31 pm

      Come on TW, FEW had the industry and the most had the pride. And still is so.

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  3. Roverp February 7, 2018 at 6:12 am

    Now we see the reason behind certain actions ….the once again use of FEAR tactics

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  4. Mike February 7, 2018 at 6:20 am

    First they increase police powers, now he is whipping up fear of violence at election. They have a master plan not to call or to lose this election.

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  5. jrsmith February 7, 2018 at 6:27 am

    @,Jennifer ,hail, hail , your (4:10) good spot…. Must add this is the games the politicians play with our bajan people who is locked in and down ………. Its all playing catch up with the US.
    monkey see monkey do ……I keep saying our politicians are the ones who need to be controlled , because they have made sure they place themselves in that position not being (Accountable) to the black masses the voters………
    We cannot creep along decade after decade , allowing politicians to keep destroying our country, we need some legislation an act of parliament namely so the (Accountable Act 2018 )which automatically comes into play , being able to remove MPs from office if the are not working in the interest of the people …….
    …………………………..We have all sat back and see how 2 terms of government has completely destroy our Barbados and not one politician came under pressure from opposition politicians or local voters , stuck in people minds we will wait until a general election to remove them failures from office , that is living in la, la, land ,
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    Suppose the present government wins again what the hell would bajans do………….

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    • David Brathwaite February 7, 2018 at 7:30 am

      Even before reading this article, I made the connection between the proposed Police Powers Act and the election campaign. This government is hell-bent on remaining in power.

      It is not difficult to see how the proposed new police powers can be used to disrupt political activity. The police can halt any gathering and create a police cordon if they suspect a crime (NO MATTER HOW TRIVIAL) has been or may be committed.

      As one example, can you imagine the small scale “illegal” vending at the side of a political meeting being the cause for police intervention? And then when tempers flare, is a state of emergency not conceivably the next step?

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  6. David Brathwaite February 7, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Also remember the deliberate intervention in the police promotions process by the Police Service Commission.

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  7. hcalndre February 7, 2018 at 8:25 am

    I never thought that I would see Barbados become a police state because some politicians want to hold on to power and no better way that to give the police powers to do their dirty work. One talk of cracking heads, blood running on the streets, wire tapping, the police would be able to run into your home and take your computer, tablet, cell phone because a politician say you said something about him that maybe true but they want to shut you up. How is it that Stuart say he is a qualified attorney with 40 years of practice and let these unconstitutional acts see the light of day and when challenged are struck down, eg. finger printing of citizens, Cahill project, Hyatt construction and whatever.

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  8. Mark Rosmar February 7, 2018 at 9:29 am

    He’s contradicting the Attorney general then… Anyway I get the sense (and I may be wrong) that this Minister of Finance wouldn’t be far so out of place as a thuggish youth on any ghetto street corner.

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  9. Solutions Barbados February 7, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    It is clear by the Ministers remarks about violence in the next election, that this may be the “Real reason” behind the recent quickly drafted Police Amendment Bill 2017. This administration seems to be concerned about violence in the next election, and as such, may be putting measures in place to be able to establish curfews, and control the population at such times, without the required state of emergency being enacted by the GG on a two thirds vote in both houses of parliament. How could you have such a vote in the event of violence with parliament already dissolved for an election? This bill solves that problem.

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  10. Alex Alleyne February 7, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Elections or on elections, I want to be able to look out my window or go through my door without peeping first or looking over my shoulder.
    Do what ever in order to keep us SAFE here in BARBADOS.

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    • hcalndre February 7, 2018 at 11:32 pm

      @Alex Alleyne; Those who sacrifice Liberty for Security, deserves neither Liberty nor Security.

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  11. Joe Blow February 7, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    To add weight to this argument by SB, I note with interest that after some 50 years of having the reception doors to Government Headquarters wide open to fresh air, they have very recently added another layer of security at Government Headquarters, with another set of electronic doors on the inside of the existing wooden ones. They have also air conditioned the reception. This is long overdue for the workers in this part of the building, but the timing of it is most intriguing, in light of other developments and statements made most recently.

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  12. Greengiant February 7, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    @Solutions Barbados: This was crystal clear to me before the MP even mentioned it on the floor of the house.

    The leading parties have so brain washed some Barbadians that they want their party to gain power at any cost. Both leading political parties are both afraid of what will be discovered if a new party takes power. The several conflicts of interest, and all the sweetheart deals for financial gain, the contracts (both foreign and local) that should not have seen the light of day.

    A new party will bring a serious awakening to the people of Barbados. They can’t afford that.

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    • harry turnover February 7, 2018 at 4:36 pm

      Agree 100% greengiant,but it can’t happen overnight. That is why I said previously that this is the right time to start that process by getting a NEW OPPOSITION since the BEES will most likely be the next Government.After that I am sure other Parties will spring to the fore and in time the BEES and the DEMS will be no more.

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  13. jrsmith February 7, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Barbadians made it easy and okay for our politicians , so they don’t need change………… party politics ……

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  14. Helen Juanita Lynch February 7, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    “that sometime between 2000 and 2009 personal telephones in Barbados and Internet communications … were intercepted under the last Government”, adding that there was an affidavit supporting his claim…an emerging trend in Barbados to misuse technology, explaining that there was someone who “every other week, takes up a computer, puts on it a recording of total lies, mischief innuendo, and even sex against people in Barbados”.

    If this is indeed the case that personal communications were intercepted sometime between 2000 and 2009 can anyone explain why neither the BLP government nor the DLP government has prosecuted anyone.

    Or is it that all politicians, B, D, etc. get a “political class” buddy pass?

    And if someone is putting out a recording of total lies etc. either that person is not breaking the law, or is breaking the law. If the person is breaking the law how come there has been no prosecution, and if the person is not breaking the law why doesn’t the minister shut up?

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  15. harry turnover February 7, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Sincklar and wha bout YOUR SUPPORTERS the DEM SUPPORTERS ?I think that comment should more apply to wunna because if the TOP holding on to power,wunna supporters might very well maintain it through violent means and then blame the Opposition Parties supporters.
    It will NOT take violence to remove DEM. If that was the case VIOLENCE would have removed DEM after wuuna won in 2013
    Since when does talk of wire tapping that happened over TEN YEARS ago amount to violence happening in 2018 ?
    BAJANS are NOT going to resort to violence AT THIS STAGE SINCKLAR and YOU KNOW THAT.

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  16. straight talk February 7, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Sinkler is a desperate man that want to remain in power and would say anything to do that although he perform the worst in his ministry.

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