Antigua St John's- The Lone Wolf protesters took to the streets of St John’s Tuesday to protest what they deemed Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer’s breach of his oath of office.
According to at least one of the protesters, Vere Bird III, when Spencer entered into a loan agreement with China to finance the 30-mega watt Wadadli Power Plant, he broke the law.
Wang agreed with Spencer that a press conference held to deal with the power plant should have been sufficient for the protesters and the public in general.
Bird said the press conference was a fake Parliament session.
“That press conference was a way to surreptitiously go behind, in the back of the parliamentarians," he said. “I think the press conference was based on what they considered a Parliament, because that’s what it was. That was the Parliament, and the media were to ask questions, which were really what our parliamentarians are supposed to ask. And it is wrong."
Instead of calling out the protesters for expressing their constitutional rights, Bird said the Chinese official should have paid more attention to what happened at the press conference.
“The thing is, she says that we are interfering in their internal affairs, but she attended a press conference for two-and-a-half hours and she did not realise that the laws of Antigua & Barbuda were breached,” the protester said.
He added, “Not only was section 47 breached, it (loan agreement) was not authorized by the Parliament of Antigua & Barbuda, but the prime minister said so at the press conference, and if he said so, then he is in breach of his oath of office.”
Bird said the protesters will continue to call on the government until the prime minister or someone in authority responds to their concerns.
“We have written a letter,” the protester said. “We have gotten protesters to sign it, or anybody for that matter who is interested in what we are doing. We are going to get it to the ambassador cc (carbon copy) to the Governor General Dame Louise Lake Tack, Baldwin Spencer, to David Shoul, and the leader of the opposition so they know where we stand."
He added, “After that, I cannot tell you what we are going to do, but it’s going to be done, and we are going to make a big noise in Antigua & Barbuda, because they are not going to get away with this.”
The group of less than 10 people, according to Bird, will not relent, no matter how low the numbers.
“Even if it’s two or three of us out here, we are going to get the message out and they will have to respond to us,” Bird insisted.
The Wadadli Power Plant controversy has been a hot button issue in the public domain for months, with no signs of the debate subsiding.
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