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PM: Threat of violence

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

PM: Threat of violence

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ST JOHN’S – Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer has warned against possible violence in the campaign leading up to the next general election as the main opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) called on him to dissolve parliament and set the date for the polls.
Spencer said he wanted the police to treat seriously, recent remarks made by a radio announcer who called on opposition supporters to inflict harm on their opponents.
“It’s an issue I think that should be taken extremely seriously by the law enforcement, I would hope they would have done whatever they consider prudent under the circumstances,” he said on Monday, noting that the islands have never had a history of violence during elections, despite “our rough and tumble in the politics”.
“Violence has never been a major factor in our political situation here and we need to keep it that way,” Spencer said, adding that he was not certain whether or not the individual had indeed apologised for his statements.
“I read the words and although on the one hand he was apologising and on the other hand he was trying to rationalise what he said. Clearly you can’t have it both ways.”
The ALP has since distanced itself from the remarks of the radio announcer. (CMC)