Wednesday, 27 June 2012 02:30
By caribarena news
Antigua St John's - The lone-wolf protesters have returned to the streets outside the Chinese Embassy with an approach that appears to target all spheres of the political arena as the group marches forward in its quest to achieve clarity in the ongoing Wadadli Power Plant saga.
The group gathered once again outside the Chinese Embassy on Tuesday armed with Tibetan and Taiwanese flags and placards. About half dozen police officers were also present.
According to Vere Bird III, the group has reconvened with a revised mandate that includes mounting a petition to force the resignation of Chinese Ambassador to Antigua His Excellency Mr. Liu Hanming. The Lone Wolf intend to secure the signatures of as many Antiguans and Barbudans as possible.
“We have changed what we are doing. We are not writing any more letters. We are going to have a petition from next week the latest at the guard desk at ZDK,” Bird said.
The petition, which has no signature cap, will accompany a request directly to the President of China demanding the removal of Ambassador Hanming from the embassy in Antigua as well as the “full and frank disclosure” of the power plant documents.
The Lone Wolf also want a sincere commitment from the Chinese government that future transactions with Antigua & Barbuda will be done in accordance with the laws and constitution of the land. The group is convinced that the Ambassador destroyed relations between Antigua & Barbuda and the Peoples Republic of China when he sat for some two hours with the Prime Minister and others to proclaim the Power Plant as new.
Furthermore, Bird has refuted any allegations that his group is in any way related to any bribery or political selling-out, since unlike the politicians looking to fund their “second rate political careers”, neither he nor his group have political ambitions.
“They (the politicians) would take money from anybody. They are like prostitutes right now. Elections are coming up and they want to go and continue with their second-rate political careers and they would jump into bed with anybody … any dictator … anybody. We don't support politicians that prostitute themselves and the laws of Antigua and Barbuda,” Bird said.
He went on to say that politicians from both side of the divide have conducted themselves as possible political prostitutes with ambitions that could cloud their approach to the integrity of the nation’s laws and constitution.
“The (Chinese) ambassador needs to pack his things and get out of Antigua and hopefully he would take Baldwin Spencer, David Shoul and Gaston Browne with him,” Bird said. “ They have no love for the people."
According to Bird, Gaston Browne opened the can of worms that could see him (Browne) standing to lose more than he bargained for. Bird said the ALP Chairman, after months of inaction and silence on the matter, has managed to come up with nothing more than a proposed “letter” to the Prime Minister’s office requesting the same documents that the government has refused to turn over in full for the past seven months.
“For the last six months since this generator scandal broke the Labour Party has not had one picket, march or public meeting and that is called doing nothing. We hear them on radio saying we have to wait on the proper planetary alignment to write a letter.
“In six months what they have been able to achieve is a no confidence vote that made them look worse than the government and now they are saying that they are going to write a letter to Baldwin Spencer to release the document.
“We don't want Gaston Browne to get a paper cut… he said he is going to write a letter. Lester wrote a letter to the Governor General. We wrote a letter to the Chinese and they (threw) a wet rag in our face,” Bird said.
Gaston Browne declined to respond to the allegations, stating only: “I have no time to waste with that.”