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Fire at Dominica airport


Fire at Dominica airport

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ROSEAU – Fire destroyed a building housing communication equipment at the Douglas Charles Airport belonging to the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority on Wednesday, the authority’s chief executive officer Benoit Bardouille has confirmed.

Bardouille told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that while he would not 
want to “point a finger at anyone . . . it is a strange occurrence”.

His remarks were in apparent reference to the controversy surrounding the return of Dominicans to vote in the December 8 general election.

Leader of the main opposition United Workers’ Party, Lennox Linton, at a rally of his party last weekend, urged supporters to travel to the airport, north of here, to meet with the returning nationals in a bid to get them to stay away from the polls.

“We have a democracy to protect, we have a vote to protect from criminal behaviour. We have a vote to protect from an illegal overseas vote from violation of the House of Assembly Elections Act in Dominica that Roosevelt Skerrit 
and his gangs are threatening to use and take the result of the election in their favour,” he said.

But Skerrit, speaking at a public meeting here on Tuesday night, described Linton’s statement as “reckless” and warned that it could jeopardise the security and economic well-being of the island. (CMC)