SVG | Gonsalves injured in firey protest in Kingstown

SVG | Gonsalves injured in firey protest in Kingstown

KINGSTOWN, SVG, August 5, 2021 - Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Dr Ralph Gonsalves, was rushed to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, after he was injured in the capital city of Kingstown earlier this evening while returning to a sitting of parliament.

According to News 784 in St. Vincent, Dr. Gonsalves was  attempting  to make his way through a group of angry demonstrators, protesting against a proposed amendment to the Public Health Act.

The island’s Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves bleeding from the head after being struck with a stone.(image courtesy of News784)The island’s Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves bleeding from the head after being struck with a stone.(image courtesy of News784)It is alleged that he was hit in the head with a stone and was rushed to the hospital, bleeding from the head.

Videos obtained show streaks of blood on one side of the Prime Ministers’ face.

A protester was also injured earlier this afternoon when the protest for a moment turned violent; the man was taken to the hospital.

Unions including the Nurses Association, Teachers Union, Police Welfare Association, Public Service Union held a joint press conference earlier this week telling their members that the proposed amendment to the bill would make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for specific categories of workers.

Leader of the Opposition Dr Godwin Friday in parliament on Thursday evening said he condemns such actions in which the Prime Minister was injured.

Police dressed in riot gear were called out sometime after 5 pm on Thursday to quell the growing demonstration, these apparently incensed protesters.

Protesters are demonstrating amendments to the Public Health Act, which must be withdrawn according to the head of the Public Service Union, Elroy Boucher.

“These amendments will touch the people, every Vincentian, if they are allowed to become law, vaccinated or Unvaccinated,” Boucher said.

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves stated that there would be no mandatory vaccination program on the island.

“This thing that we are amending the Public Health Act to make vaccination of everybody mandatory, that is not so.”

“We are amending the Public Health Act because there are certain categories that will have to make regulations for as the circumstances admit for either mandatory testing after the required requisite notice periods and the like and or testing.”

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