No shame!

Gonsalves not bothered by protest

St Vincent and the Grenadines prime minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said he was neither taken aback nor embarrassed by a protest last night against his presence at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI).

Gonsalves, who was at UWI to deliver a lecture entitled, Helping Hands or Damaging Hands — the Effect of International Relief on CARICOM Small Island Developing States, was disrupted by three placard-carrying women’s rights activists chanting, “Justice for all”, among them a UWI lecturer.

The protest was triggered by the prime minister’s handling of a case involving a 23-year-old former Vincentian model who was sent for psychiatric evaluation by a Kingstown magistrate following an altercation with the wife of Camillo Gonsalves, the prime minister’s son and in whose hands the Vincentian leader has placed the country’s financial affairs.

The young woman, Yugge Farrell, later claimed to have had a long running extramarital affair with the younger Gonsalves.   

Speaking to Barbados TODAY after completing the lecture, Gonsalves said it did not escape him that fewer than a handful of people had participated in the protest.

“I was not surprised nor embarrassed by it because if you notice the people who are here were disgusted with the two or three persons who were protesting. I understand that one of them is a lecturer and they obviously could not get any students to follow them.

“If you notice, I dealt with them very politely and I am prepared to discuss whatever they think they have as an issue. At any time they can come to St Vincent and I will let them speak to all the people who know about women’s issues,” Gonsalves said.

Lecturer in Political Science at the Cave Hill campus Dr Kristina Hinds, Public Relations Officer of the National Organization for Women Marsha Hinds and Luci Hammans, a member of the Life in Leggings Movement, hijacked proceedings at the Henry Fraser Lecture Theatre for close to 15 minutes.

Despite the best efforts of campus security, the women refused to cease their incessant chants, and it took a member of the Royal Barbados Police Force to remove them from the hall.

The trio moved to the lobby and continued their chants, which at times could be heard over the Vincentian leader’s voice, until more police officers, carrying high powered rifles, escorted the women from the building.

Hinds told Barbados TODAY she was offended that the university had invited Gonsalves to speak to students, despite the shadow hanging over his son, as well as the prime minister’s own alleged indiscretions.   

“I am disgusted because I do not agree with encouraging people with years of allegations to come and sit in a room and talk as though there aren’t things that need to be addressed. Yes, they are only allegations, but there are other persons who have had allegations brought against them and they have become persona non-grata but that does not seem to work for politicians in this region; and enough is enough. Those who want to sit down and clap for the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves are free to do so, but we are also free to say that we have had enough,” the outspoken lecturer said.

However, Gonsalves blamed the development on hysteria generated by what he deemed as one-sided reporting by a media outlet in St Vincent.

He therefore urged persons within the region to get all of the facts before coming to a conclusion on such sensitive issues.

“The fact of the matter is that jaundiced journalist’s report created a certain firestorm. The truth is that the report is factually incorrect,” said Gonsalves, who was referring to the scandal that broke on January 5, when Farrell was charged with using abusive language to Camillo’s wife, Karen Duncan-Gonsalves.

According to media reports from St Vincent, the prosecution did not give the court any information to support its application that Farrell be sent to the psychiatric hospital.

It was later revealed that she had been treated for mental health issues in the past.

Her treatment at the hands of the court triggered outrage locally and regionally, but the prime minister told Barbados TODAY allegations of a conspiracy with the court and the doctors made no sense.

“To believe what this university lecturer said is to believe in a giant conspiracy that Ralph [Gonsalves] conspired with two magistrates and I conspired with three medical doctors and I conspired with a psychiatrist who is in fact is the cousin of the lady concerned. This simply did not take place.

“There is a lack of understanding of the facts and as I have said persons are entitled to their own opinion but not their own facts. In this case the facts show that the person . . . wronged is Karen. What has she done wrong? What has Camillo done wrong? Absolutely nothing!” the Vincentian leader said.

36 Responses to No shame!

  1. allison archer February 24, 2018 at 12:24 am

    It’s not right the handling of this situation if the young female statements are of truth for they were both willing participants in this affair but why only target the male, she needs serious help, someone have to educate her to have principles uplifting herself by having high morals & values not committing adultery

    Will she want another to bed her husband if married? Of course not but people get involve in these diabolical relationships to further themselves, to move up in the world just like this metoo movement women subjecting their bodies to perverts to further their careers, men also and now crying foul

    The folly of this feminist movement, talking aboutwomen’s empowerment and destroying the feminine mystique in the process.

    Be bless people

    One reaps what they sows

    • Jennifer February 24, 2018 at 9:28 am

      Well said Ms Archer. Most of our women need retraining/teaching self respect.

      • Jennifer February 24, 2018 at 9:33 am

        You receive the fruit of your doing. This woman is not the only one to have received such fruits.

        • Sue Donym February 24, 2018 at 10:05 am

          And what fruits have been received by the other party? Or are the women once again the instigators and the ones deserving of punishment and shame? Do men also need training and self respect?

          • Jennifer February 24, 2018 at 10:27 am

            “And what fruits have been received by the other party?” A CHERRY

            “Do men also need training and self respect?” YES Sue they do.

            We as women need to create/set principles and morals to live by and the men will fall in line. l-loes and hood-rats get treated as such. All this happen when we follow serpent laws.
            The way the the woman was wrong but what did she expect? This is why we in are laden with baby mommas.

          • Jennifer February 24, 2018 at 10:32 am

            CORRECTION – The way the the woman was treated by this goon was wrong but what did she expect?

            Power, Pu$$Y and money like a magnet on a fridge for player men to draw the gullible and a dangerous game to play.

  2. Sue Donym February 24, 2018 at 7:31 am

    Mr Gonsalves is willing to denigrate the entire women’s movement to justify the treatment of this young lady. But who’s looking bad if they took advantage of someone in a fragile state and then sought to humiliate her publicly. Who is divulging what would otherwise be confidential information, while fighting for years to keep details offered by their own accusers private.

    This is a case of more than insulting language to a public personality; this calls into question the integrity of persons at several levels, including in the country’s police force and law courts.

    It speaks volumes that Mr Gonsalves pretends not to understand the issues. Especially as an attorney he should have been more gracious and respectful of the legal process. In context, the title should really be “What a Shame!”

  3. MARIA Holder February 24, 2018 at 8:07 am

    I beg wunna, do not go to St. Vincent. The persons that invited him hers should be ashamed. He will feel no shame because as far as he is concerned women are nothing or second class citizens and what men do to them is what women want.

    • MARIA Holder February 24, 2018 at 8:08 am

      He is the typical male chauvinist P

      • hcalndre February 25, 2018 at 6:39 am

        Only 3 women protested the treatment of the female, well you know Barbados is not a place or a people who will ever join in any protest, they don`t even know of civil disobedience because it is not in their DNA. I will hear that they were other students there but the person was in Barbados.

  4. Big Man February 24, 2018 at 10:04 am

    The Son just following in his Father’s foot steps so he won’t be bothered by protest using, abusing and then refusing and humiliating vulnerable Women
    Don’t forget the case with the Police Woman, these Politicians after them get two terms in Parliament think themselves to be Semi Gods and can do what ever they like to who ever they pleased without any SHAME.

    • Jennifer February 24, 2018 at 10:35 am

      Vulnerable women, come on.

  5. Sue Donym February 24, 2018 at 10:36 am

    @Jennifer “We as women need to create/set principles and morals to live by and the men will fall in line.” What? Apparently the men have not got the memo! What names do you use to describe the men of loose morals? How is a “cherry” at once a prize and a badge of shame? Doesn’t every “baby momma” have a corresponding “baby daddy”?

    • Jennifer February 24, 2018 at 10:52 am

      come on Sue,
      “What names do you use to describe the men of loose morals?”
      Blame the pushing of the beta male ideology.

      Should men be responsible for contraception? yes also, but who gets pregnant???
      Notice how smart this man was that he did not get her pregnant. When playing a game you have to know how to play well to win or don’t play.

      • Jennifer February 24, 2018 at 11:05 am

        when hustling you have to through out love, commitment, and revenge. Make your heart heartless. Sounds nasty doesn’t it? well it is.

        • Jennifer February 24, 2018 at 11:09 am

          typo – through – throw

      • Sue Donym February 24, 2018 at 11:17 am

        I find it so interesting that you default to names and blame for the women while having to be prodded to admit that men hold any responsibility. That women “get pregnant” is the biological fact but we all deal with the social consequences – including seeming to give men a pass on the biological facts as well as moral, social and legal responsibilities. perhaps we make it too easy for it to be seen as “play”

        • Jennifer February 24, 2018 at 11:37 am

          As we can clearly see Sue the only ones dealing with the social consequences at the outset are WOMEN, men done gone, then the schools, communities, law and prison at the end. WOMEN are also raising/developing the beta male and hotep crew. This is why women has to be the trend/moral setters. We need as women to revamp, then men will join. Look for example at the way our women dress as oppose to men, who gave them this idea of constantly needing to look $lu^ty and showing goods. We as a people have been peeled

  6. Alex Alleyne February 24, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Now tell me, did any of you all expected anything different from PM Gonsalves. He and the leader of Antigua think that they are “untouchable”.

    • Jennifer February 24, 2018 at 11:07 am

      So how should things have gone Alex? lets get a dialogue.

  7. Nathaniel Samuels February 24, 2018 at 11:27 am

    From what I hear, the young Camillo is like his father Ralph, a Lothario. It seems that the young lady was treated badly and Ralph should be ashamed of that remembering all the pain and suffering he put his own wife through.
    To those who say that the young woman should have known better, I say that Camillo should also have known better. It is usually the case that powerful men can more easily take advantage of the opposite sex and when that person happens to be someone who also happens to be in the limelight, you can only imagine what high voltage shock took place.
    As a man, I believe that both male and female have to take more responsibility for our actions but without a doubt those who wield power usually can take advantage of the other.

    • Bajan February 24, 2018 at 12:08 pm

      Whunnuh think people foolish?

      A lot of women that get involved in high profile relationships playing their cards too. They are in the game for what they can get like anybody else.

      Show by raise of hands how many of these women that protesting here and in SVG are as innocent and honourable with their relationships as they want the world to believe.

      • Sue Donym February 24, 2018 at 10:09 pm

        Why does it fall to the female to prove “innocence’? And why is innocence only desirable/demanded in females? There is a much bigger issue of abuse of power/office.

  8. Jennifer February 24, 2018 at 11:54 am

    That plantation run by hashatan has done severe injustice to this peoples. Women dressed modest and were loved, respected and defended by our men. Now in this modern plantation where hashatan still rules we have now gone past the post and made more bare following his ideologies and ways/trends. We as a people need to regroup and follow the most highs laws and things will go smoother. Don’t only talk “god” do “god.

  9. Kathy February 24, 2018 at 11:56 am

    I was quite happy to see someone protest the treatment of the young lady in St. Vincent. We cannot sit idly by while people flex their muscles to cover up injustice. Gonsalves should be ashamed himself but he will not be since he has been allowed to do whatever he felt for years. Utimately his time will come.

  10. Hewers of wood February 24, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    The only victim and vulnerable woman here is Camillo’s wife.

  11. Bajan patriot USA February 24, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    As a man, a husband, a father and grandparents of girl’s both children and grandchildren i have this to say. A man can only get as far as a woman let him. I respect woman that, Respect them selfs. I have never told Any One of my male friends about any relationshipsbi had. Never once have i shame a woman after our relationship ended. Further more, i can call most of those ladies today and say hello. A good friend ask me Some years ago why does the men she dated stay with her. I ask her one simple question. “How long. Before you have sex with your dates” she said ” From a frew days to a few weeks, I said that’s your problem they. Fix that and you will see the right man will stay. She is now a happy married woman of 33 years. Woman need to hold themselves to a hight standards before demanding it from men.

  12. BIG SKY February 24, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Fidel Castro,oh sorry I meant Ralph Gonsalves are hiding behind wealth and material gain, but sickness and death are antidotes for these.

  13. Helen Juanita Lynch February 24, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    @Jennifer February 24, 2018 at 10:27 am “We as women need to create/set principles and morals to live by and the men will fall in line.”

    I am wondering if you can explain for me how and why “men will fall into line when women create/set principles and morals”

    Hasn’t God already set principles and morals. And have men [or women] fallen into line?

    Why do we like to fool ourselves?

    • Jennifer February 25, 2018 at 7:59 am

      So what are the principles and morals that god has set Helen?????? Please tell me.

      Because we can be and is very convenient when it comes god.

  14. Helen Juanita Lynch February 24, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    @Jennifer February 24, 2018 at 10:52 am “Notice how smart this man was that he did not get her pregnant.”

    Every pregnancy does not end in a live birth. Pregnancies can end in 4 different ways:
    Live birth
    induced abortion

    The truth is none of us know whether or not a pregnancy occurred.

    • Jennifer February 25, 2018 at 8:09 am

      True, But I going on the no show and wise factor>>> not getting pregnant. The other ways if occurred she and god will deal and sooth.

      Helen what do you think should have been the outcome of this situation?

  15. Helen Juanita Lynch February 24, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    I don’t know what happened in SVG.

    But if a married person steps out of their marriage, then that married person is principally responsible, because it was that married person who stood before “God and this congregation” and promised to “forsake all others”

    The single person who steps into the marriage is secondarily responsible because the single person did not make any vow before God, friends and family.

    In such circumstances as well, the older and better educated of the parties is principally responsible, because they are old enough and wise enough to know better.

    The younger person, especially if poorly educated, bears a lesser responsibility.

    • Jennifer February 25, 2018 at 8:11 am

      Is this god law or man made Helen??? If god written, show me where, please.

  16. Katllyn February 25, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Miss Archer they were both wrong to get involved with each other. Nobody knows the full story surrounding the couple only the two of them. But I’m my opinion I strongly believe the ypung last was treated unfairly.

  17. BajeTorontoParalegal February 25, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    @ Nathaniel Samuels , @ Helen Juanita Lynch……well said. You both made the most sense with regards to this message thread. Both parties are responsible for what took place. They are both adults and have reached the age of accountability. Prime Minister Mr. Gonsalves asked the people of the region to get all the facts before coming to a conclusion. My question is what facts were they look to when ordering a psychiatric evaluation?????? The FACT that she had had mental issues in the past has absolutely nothing to do with the need for a psychiatric evaluation.

    Women who have affairs with married or partnered men find themselves “cussing out” the wife quite often. Should we send them all to get psychiatric evaluations????? If there was no supporting evidence to determine the need for a psychiatric evaluation then the justice system and the judge who ordered it have failed this young lady. Please remember that she was no on trial for having an affair with a married man …..she was on trial for “cussing out” someone, and maybe causing a disturbance. Sorry I don’t have all of the FACTS!!!!!!


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