The Caswell Franklyn Column – Police State on the Horizon?

Caswell Franklyn, Head of Unity Workers Union

Caswell Franklyn, Head of Unity Workers Union

IN THE MID-1960s, Stokely Carmichael, a young, black Trinidadian-American attempted to raise the consciousness of his race, with a call for “Black Power”.  Unlike Martin Luther King, he advocated using force to achieve social justice in the United States.  The resulting Black Power Movement sent shockwaves and fear through the American society.

It was not long before Carmichael’s movement found adherents in the Caribbean, particularly in the land of his birth. Black people in that country embraced his message with zeal, to the extent that there was civil unrest and a mutiny of soldiers.

The Eric Williams government declared a state of emergency and arrested black power leaders.  Additionally, a Public Order bill was introduced in parliament which was designed to radically place limits on the people’s right to march and hold public meetings. Government was forced to withdraw the bill.

As expected, the Black Power Movement arrived on Barbadian shores and was quickly embraced by black Bajans. Out of fear that the local movement would resort to similar tactics as their Trinidadian counterparts, the Barrow administration took steps to defang the fledgling movement.  Most significantly, Carmichael was declared persona non grata and a Public Order bill, with the same intent as the Trinidad bill, was introduced in Parliament.

Unfortunately, the local bill did not suffer the same fate as Trinidad’s.  But before passage, Government made significant concessions to the trade union movement, which  all intent and purposes back then was really Frank Walcott and the Barbados Workers’ Union.

That severely abridged history outlines the state of affairs that led to the passage of the Public Order Act, which imposed conditions for staging public marches and holding public meetings.  That act requires persons who want to organise such meetings and marches to apply to the Commissioner of Police for permission.

As mentioned earlier, Walcott ensured that the trade union movement did not suffer any curtailment of the rights and privileges that it was enjoying.  Among other things, section 2.(1) of the Public Order Act states:

For the purposes of this Act, the expression “public march” means any march or procession in a public place comprising (whether wholly or partly) pedestrian, vehicles (however propelled or drawn) or bicycles (however propelled), except a march or procession

(a)    by members of the Police Force or Fire Service; or

(b)    by members of the Barbados Regiment; or

(c)    which takes place as part of any religious ceremony, including a wedding or funeral, not being in  any way connected with any political demonstration or celebration; or

(d)    which is confined to the pupils and teachers of any school; or

(e)    organised by or on behalf of, and in the furtherance of lawful industrial objects of, a trade union.

Further, section 8.(1) permits trade unions to hold public meetings, in furtherance of their lawful industrial objects, without restrictions and without seeking permission from the Commissioner of Police.

Last year, the National Union of Public Workers organised a march in support of workers who were dismissed from the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation.  My understanding is that the union applied for permission, in which they specified a route; the police approved the march but varied the route.  More recently, media reports suggested that the police did not allow the Barbados Union of Teachers to use placards.

My concern is that trade unions, despite what the law allows, have knuckled under to the police, because of their ignorance, and subject themselves to restrictions in order to obtain police permission when such permission  is unnecessary, if they are acting in pursuit of their objects as  trade unions.  It would appear that the police have arrogated to themselves power to regulate the actions of trade unions. Walcott must be rolling in his grave to see his achievements being obliterated.

Are we now seeing attempts to make Barbados a police state?

Caswell Franklyn is the general secretary of Unity Workers Union and a social commentator.Email:

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24 Comments on “The Caswell Franklyn Column – Police State on the Horizon?”

  1. David May 29, 2016 at 12:53 AM #

    No Jeff Cumberbatch column today.


  2. Well Well & Consequences May 29, 2016 at 6:20 AM #

    Maybe the business people are telling the government and police to do it, the plantation mentality still exists on the island where black authorities still, in 2016, are unable to think for themselves…and see any attempt at free will, frredom of independent thinking… a threat.


  3. David May 29, 2016 at 8:48 AM #

    Sunday News compliments of FB blogger Stephanie Chase especially  for those overseas.


    Stephanie F. Chase with Douglas Trotman and 40 others.

    28 mins · Charnocks, Barbados ·

    Good Morning ‪#‎realdreamchasers‬! Here is your daily newscap.

    BREAKING NEWS – Police are investigating the unnatural deaths of a husband and wife.The body of 27-year-old Kimberley Lovell of Alleyne’s Land, Bayville, St Michael was found by a relative in her home with several fatal wounds just after 2:30 a.m. Sunday, police spokesman Acting Assistant Superintendent of Police David Welch confirmed.Investigating officers later found the body of her husband, 46-year-old Derek Lovell, of the same address, hanging from a rafter in a shed in the yard of their home, the poliice public relations officer told Barbados TODAY.At this hour, lawmen are still on the scene.More details as they become available.

    INTEREST RATES REDUCED AGAIN – BARBADIANS WILL SOON be earning less interest on their deposits in local commercial banks. But with no seeming significant drop in lending rates, the move is being criticised. From June 1, CIBC First Caribbean International Bank’s will reduce the interest they pay on their fixed and deposit accounts. This means that customers with regular savings, savings plus and senior savings accounts, for example, will earn 0.25 per cent for deposits as opposed to the 0.50 per cent now paid.Customers who have personal fixed deposit accounts will also see their interest earnings halved to 0.50 per cent from the current rate of 1.00 per cent.

    NEW HOSPITAL A PIPE DREAM – TALK ABOUT BUILDING a new hospital in Barbados is just that – talk. Instead of engaging in such “banter”, Dr Carlos Chase, the outgoing president of the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners, said more should be done to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare delivery here.“A new hospital is a red herring,” Chase said. “If they cannot fund [the Queen Elizabeth Hospital], if they cannot run this hospital, if they cannot get adequate supplies for this hospital, how can they build a new hospital? “A new hospital, from what I saw in the projections, is a billion dollars for brick and mortar structure. That has nothing to do with equipment, nothing to do with staffing. Where are they going to get all of this money from and they can’t get $200 million to run the QEH as it is?”

    UNIONS NOT EYE TO EYE – THE PRESIDENTS of this country’s two teachers’ unions are complaining about an increase in violence perpetrated by school children, but Mary Redman and Pedro Shepherd are at different ends of the table when it comes to solving the problem.With reports of increased incidents of violence by students, Redman, head of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU), is calling for all teachers to be trained in self-defence.Redman said teachers were at risk every day in schools, adding that students showing little respect for authority.“We have situations in some parts of the USA where school boards provide training in self-defence for teachers, and that is a recommendation I believe is needed here as well. I see it as a matter that should be dealt with urgently,” Redman told the SUNDAY SUN.

    WHAT TEACHERS SHOULD KNOW – DISAPPOINTMENT AND ANGER are two of the most debilitating emotions. If not handled properly, they can ensure embarrassment, unprofessional conduct and scandalous behaviour. When these traits define leaders, indiscipline, threats and poor guidance are the obvious results.These emotions may be wrapped in the cloak of politics resulting when an individual is unsuccessful in his or her attempt to gain the nomination of one political party or the other. Invariably he or she takes vengeful stances that lead subordinates down a bad path.These emotions may be a spout from the professional river. The individual may have been denied a much sought after promotion. He may then allow anger to boil as he swipes at every and anyone who is seen to be in any way associated with the disappointing decision. In each case the responses are manifest with threats, ultimatums and bullying behaviour. All of this simply confirms the reason for the failure as he is projected as an unprincipled leader who is incapable of keeping his foot out his mouth. Once one is driven by these emotions, behaviour results in actions that show no respect for rules and regulations. The individual shouts from the mountain top with no appreciation of how his or her members stand to suffer. Rabid publicity grabbing is all that matters. Sad reflection While it is absolutely important for professionals to have the support of the collective, it must be partnered with quality. Hence, it is incumbent on professionals to ask the appropriate questions and follow the persons who demonstrate honesty, integrity and selflessness. The recent spat between the Barbados Union of Teachers and the Ministry of Education, which has also been played out in somewhat personal terms against the minister, has been a sad reflection of what our professional leaders seem to set as priorities. The display by the union’s president on national television in which he challenged and even threatened the officials about the docking of pay was shocking. I believe persons pay their taxes to remunerate teachers who instruct their children. Why should the taxes still be collected, the children not taught but teachers be paid? Nonsense! The recent attempt to separate public officer and public employee (civil servant) shows intellectual laziness. My former colleagues in the profession and in the union should read the General Orders. Indeed, after establishing definitions, it is clearly stated that all public officers and employees are required to familiarize themselves thoroughly with the General Orders. That is their responsibility and not that of the union. It further goes on to state that “the provisions in these orders apply to all officers and employees”. The Memorandum of Understanding provides the single caveat for teachers. What are equally important are the provisions at Chapter three, Sections 3.2, 3.3.1 and 3.3.2. “An officer or employee may not absent himself from duty during working hours without the permission of his head of department.” Why not hold meetings after school when children are not compromised? It goes on: “An officer or employee who absents himself from duty without permission, except in illness or other unavoidable circumstances should render himself liable for disciplinary action” and “the pay of such persons (sic) may be proportionately abated for any part of a day or period of absence. The ludicrous claim that teachers received permission from their principals is nothing else but an absolute untruth I, like all the colleagues to whom I spoke, was never even told who was going to those meetings. Teachers, know your rights!

    UWI LAUNCHES APPEAL – The University of the West Indies has launched an appeal for support from alumni, friends and donor agencies, as well as the public and private sectors.The campaign, dubbed ‘UWI Global Giving Week, will run from August 1-7 under the theme ‘Emancipate, Educate, Donate’, and according to the UWI it marks the beginning of a tradition that will see graduates making an annual contribution to their alma mater.Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, told the launch of the programme that while regional governments have played their part in empowering the institution over the past decades, many are now experiencing difficulty and have urged the UWI to reduce its dependence on the public purse. According to him the university’s finance committee shows that the contribution from regional governments have dropped significantly from 80 per cent of the total operational budget 15 to 20 years ago, to 45 per cent today.He added that there has not been a systematic, highly structured approach “to reach out to those we have created and those who we have empowered and those who have done very well in this region and in the world beyond”. Meanwhile former Prime Minister Owen Arthur told the gathering that investment in the university is needed now more than at any other time in the Caribbean’s history. He warned that the Caribbean is destined to fail unless there is a determination and resolve to convert the entire region into a new learning society and a new learning economy.

    BTMI STILL KEEN ON RIHANNA – TOURISM OFFICIALS are still interested in working with Rihanna again. Two years after a three-year promotional contract with the Grammy Award-winning pop star came to an end, the chief executive officer of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), William Griffith, said a new deal may be sought.“We believe at BTMI that Rihanna is the single biggest Barbadian icon in the world ever,” he told the NATION’s editorial forum last week.“We have had some discussions in BTMI in terms of the roles that Rihanna can play. We haven’t had any direct discussions in recent times with her management but it can very well be in the offing and I think our minister indicated that but there has got to be some discussion in terms of how we can leverage her.”

    VIDEO USE IN COURT – THE USE OF video evidence for law enforcement seems poised to take on a more significant role. In the past the local judiciary had avoided the use of videos because of a lack of facilities but with monitors available in every court at the Supreme Court, judges can approve the use of videos. Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock told the SUNDAY SUN that such evidence had been used in about four criminal cases.“In theory the court can use that evidence. The court would have to decide if the video is authentic and genuine and it would fall within the discretion of the court to accept it if it is more probative than prejudicial,” he said.

    DOWN BUT NOT OUT – DANIEL COULTHURST is no stranger to spills. He also knows a thing or two about the thrills too.This Paralympic cyclist, who has represented Barbados, has been riding from the time he was a little boy.With a heart of a lion, Daniel never once contemplated staying out of the saddle even after he gave up competitive racing. In fact, despite the scrapes and bruises, he continued to push the pedal to the metal. So it isn’t surprising that after a serious accident while riding his cruiser bike during the wee hours of the Sunday morning of April 24 along Top Rock, Christ Church, that left him with an almost mangled left hand, Daniel is anxious to hit the road again.

    HIGHWAY ACCIDENT – A TEAM FROM THE Barbados Fire Service is on the scene of an accident on the ABC Highway between the Grantley Adams International Airport and Coverley, Christ Church. According to a NATION team on site, fire officers are using the Jaws of Life to effect the rescue of the occupant of a car which appears to have struck a tree after going over an embankment.At this time, it is not clear if other people are in the vehicle, but one woman is said to be in the car.Two fire tenders and one ambulance are on the scene. Police officers have also arrived.

    JUDGE RULES IN FAVOUR OF TOP COP – A HIGH COURT has ruled in favour of a senior police officer who challenged the procedure to select a Deputy Commissioner of Police as biased and invalid. Looking for deputyIn a preliminary ruling, Justice Dr Sonia Richards on Friday ruled that former acting deputy commissioner of police, Seymour Cumberbatch, had “made out a reasonably recognisable claim for judicial review, pursuant to a breach of natural justice in relation to the composition of the interview panel”. Cumberbatch, through his attorney Ralph Thorne, QC, had sought judicial review of the process conducted by the Commissioner of Police and the Police Service Commission (PSC) for the selection of a candidate to fill the post of Deputy Commissioner of Police.

    BRAZIL CONDEMNS GANG RAPE – Brazil’s interim President Michel Temer has called an emergency meeting of state security ministers after a gang rape of a teenage girl in Rio de Janeiro triggered wide condemnation.He vowed to form a federal police unit to deal with violence against women.The girl, 16, believes she was doped after going to her boyfriend’s house last Saturday and says she woke up in a different house, surrounded by 30 men.Hundreds of protesters on Friday demanded an end to sexual violence.The video of the attack was put on social media, shocking Brazil.Police are hunting more than 30 male suspects. Arrest warrants have been issued, including one for the boyfriend.

    FORMER PM BIDS FATHER FAREWELL – Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur yesterday bade farewell to his father, saying he was an exemplary parent and community member.Delivering the eulogy before a packed All Saints Anglican Church in St Peter, Arthur said his loved one, Frank Arthur, who died on May 10 at age 89, treated his obligations as a parent with complete seriousness and sensitivity.The prominent Benn Hill, St Peter shopkeeper, carpenter, joiner and butcher, made sure his children had, and understood the meaning and value of family. Frank Arthur owned land, and his children had to help to work it to supplement the family’s income.He left them in no doubt as to their abilities and limitations and obligations, including becoming members of the Boy Scouts or Girl Guides. The former Prime Minister said in addition to those duties, he had to attend the library every week. The former Prime Minister recalled that while he was growing up, his father ensured that the needs of his large family, including his wife of 34 years, were fully met. The Member of Parliament for St Peter recalled that when he entered politics in 1984, after spending ten years in Jamaica, he benefited from the reputation, character and goodwill enjoyed in the community by his parents.Arthur recalled that his father wanted him, his first son, to have all the educational opportunities he did not have, and sacrificed for this offspring’s dreams to come true.He pointed out that there was no photograph of him and his father when he served as Prime Minister, as the elder Arthur chose to stay behind the scenes. “He did not attend any of my swearing-in as Prime Minister because as far as he was concerned, it was about me and not about him. He never attended public meetings at which I spoke, nor any of the official events, or ceremonies of the government I led. He did not seek the spotlight. Twice and only twice did he gave me advice,” he said.One of those occasions, he noted, was in 2003 when his father told him the people of St Peter wanted him to run for office again. Arthur also indicated that his father still wanted to care for himself in his advanced age and refused to rest that burden on his son’s shoulders.He added that the businessman formed lasting friendships with people from all walks of life, and also served in the Lodge, reaching the rank of grand master.Delivering the Sermon Reverend Selven Lowe described the former lifelong member of the All Saints congregation as a man who was committed to his walk with God.Reverend Lowe recalled that even in illness and during his last days, Frank Arthur continued to be steadfast. Some of the prominent Barbadians who attended the service and interment in the churchyard were former President of the Senate Sir Fred Gollop; cricket legend Sir Wesley Hall; the current President of the Senate Kerryann Ifill; Speaker of the House of Assembly Michael Carrington; Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler; Minister of Housing Denis Kellman; Independent Member of Parliament for Christ Church West Dr Maria Agard; Opposition Barbados Labour Party MPs Dale Marshall, George Payne, Kerrie Symmonds, Ronald Toppin, Dwight Sutherland, Jeffrey Bostic and BLP candidates Colin Jordan and Reverend Joseph Atherley.

    OLYMPICS – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday rejected a call for the Rio Olympic Games to be moved or postponed due to the threat posed by a large outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil. Responding to a call from more than 100 leading scientists, who said it would be unethical for the Games to go ahead as scheduled, the United Nations health agency said having the Games in Rio as planned would “not significantly alter” the spread of Zika, which is linked to serious birth defects. “Based on the current assessment of Zika virus circulating in almost 60 countries globally and 39 in the Americas, there is no public health justification for postponing or cancelling the games,” the WHO said in a statement. In a public letter posted online on Friday, around 150 leading public health experts, many of them bioethicists, said the risk of infection from the Zika virus was too high for the Games to go ahead safely. The letter, sent to WHO director-general Margaret Chan, said the Games, due to be held in Rio de Janeiro in August, should be moved to another location or delayed. “An unnecessary risk is posed when 500,000 foreign tourists from all countries attend the Games, potentially acquire that strain, and return home to places where it can become endemic,” the letter said. But the WHO rejected the call, saying Brazil “is one of almost 60 countries and territories” where Zika has been detected and that people continued to travel between these countries and territories for a variety of reasons. “The best way to reduce risk of disease is to follow public health travel advice,” it said.

    SURFERS PROTEST – A GROUP of concerned surfers took to the streets yesterday to protest the building of a breakwater on the shores where they surf. With surfboards and placards in hand, about eight surfers marched from the Holetown Police Station, St James, past the Sandy Lane Hotel, to Esso Service Station at Paynes Bay.The march was led by president of the Friends for the Protection of Surf and Beach, Samuel Inniss, who has been vocal about the building of breakwater by Beach Regeneration Incorporated along Sandy Lane Bay and the adjacent beachhead.Inniss is adamant that the project will destroy the beaches and affect the ways surfers and regular beachgoers can use the area.

    NORMAL HURRICANE SEASON – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Climate Prediction Center says the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, will most likely be near-normal. However, it forecasts uncertainty in the climate signals that influence the formation of Atlantic storms make predicting this season particularly difficult.NOAA predicts a 70 per cent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which four to eight could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including one to four major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).While a near-normal season is most likely with a 45 per cent chance, there is also a 30 per cent chance of an above-normal season and a 25 per cent chance of a below-normal season. Included in the outlook is Hurricane Alex, a pre-season storm that formed over the far eastern Atlantic in January. El Niño is dissipating and NOAA’s Climate Prediction Centre is forecasting a 70 per cent chance that La Niña – which favors more hurricane activity – will be present during the peak months of hurricane season, August through October. However, current model predictions show uncertainty as to how strong La Niña and its impacts will be. 2016 Storm Names: Alex, Bonnie, Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Ian, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Matthew, Nicole, Otto, Paula, Richard, Shary, Tobias, Virginie and Walter. If there are more than 21, they will take the names from the Greek alphabet.

    That’s all for today folks. Have a great day. 🙂 Shalom Steph.


  4. de pedantic Dribbler May 29, 2016 at 10:11 AM #

    @David oh dear, someone got through to blogger Steph about her presentation…oh lawd. I too was disappointed in how she wrote her aggregate of the news…the concept is done by many but her style was hard to read. So good on her advisor!

    I want to pick up on the remark: “… Redman, head of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU), is calling for all teachers to be trained in self-defence. Redman said teachers were at risk every day in schools, adding that students showing little respect for authority…”

    It is reported that Mark Twain grandly said “You go to heaven if you want to, I’d rather stay right here in Bermuda” Now with respect to my friends in that lovely country but had Twain come to Barbados I am sure he would have been inclined to make a similarly grand statement.

    Sadly Ms Redman’s remarks puts the lie to my twained view of greatness and a wondrous life to behold in lil Bdos.

    At no stage of our life should a Barbados school system be compared to the negatives of the US system. Never. We are doomed.

    The really sad part of all this however, is that if the baby-faced assassin was alive today and he was told directly and clearly that these chickens coming home to roost can be traced to gross disrespect for law and authority by him and his cohorts and those of the leadership (political and elites) class before and after him he would likely dismiss you summarily.

    I suspect as well that the current PM or LoO would be as dismissive.

    We are doomed. This is sad. I will not offer facile recommendations from a distance but clearly self-defense classes is NOT the answer as it is a clear indication of failure by all concerned.

    She didn’t suggest more detailed conflict resolution classes or more parental counseling but rather she wants to combat violence with better violence. She is frustrated and combative clearly.

    I wonder how things are in Bermuda!


  5. Bush Tea May 29, 2016 at 10:30 AM #

    @ David
    Thanks to you and Steph…


  6. David May 29, 2016 at 10:33 AM #

    @Bush Tea


    Thought that Mary Redman’s comment was a little over the top calling for self defense classes for teachers. Interesting.

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  7. Artaxerxes May 29, 2016 at 10:33 AM #

    “My concern is that trade unions, despite what the law allows, have knuckled under to the police, because of their ignorance, and subject themselves to restrictions in order to obtain police permission when such permission is unnecessary, if they are acting in pursuit of their objects as trade unions.”

    @ Mr. Franklyn

    Your above comments caused me to remember certain statements made by Freundel Stuart on July 14, 2015, in response to a “heightened level” of union activity relative to NUPW’s march in support of 10 BIDC employees who were forcibly retired at the age of 60.

    Stuart in his usual arrogant and condescending style used pejorative words to describe the NUPW, comparing it to “fanatics armed with guns” and accusing it of using bluster, bullying and blackmail tactics.”

    According to the July 14, 2015 edition of Barbados Today, Stuart was reported as having warned the NUPW: “that this “new wine” could not be accommodated “in old wineskins”, and, without going into details, WARNED that any STEPS the Government DECIDED to TAKE in the matter would do “a number of things” including PROTECTING the trade union movement.”

    “The trade union movement has to be PROTECTED from ADVENTURERS. It has to be allowed to do its work,” insisted Stuart, stressing that “process has to be protected.”

    “Section 48 of the Constitution of Barbados makes very clear that Parliament could MAKE LAWS for the PEACE, the ORDER and the good Government of Barbados. There is good reason why that section is there. It is there since 1966,” he warned.”

    Since Stuart is of the opinion that “the trade union movement must be protected,” perhaps he gave the police PERMISSION to “arrogate to themselves power to regulate the actions of trade unions.”


  8. Raw Bake May 29, 2016 at 11:18 AM #

    “Section 48 of the Constitution of Barbados makes very clear that Parliament could MAKE LAWS for the PEACE, the ORDER and the good Government of Barbados. There is good reason why that section is there. It is there since 1966,” he warned.”

    Imagine if that was known in 1991. Life was so much simpler back then. People could march for two days and not worry about Government boots and batons cracking heads and breaking shins.

    Wait ….. Sandi like he was a better leader than he appeared to be.


  9. Caswell Franklyn May 29, 2016 at 1:16 PM #

    I was a small boy in 1970 but I distinctly remember Frank Walcott threatening to shut the country down if trade unions were made subject to the Public Order Act. Barrow conceded out of fear of the BWU. Now we have trade unionists who do not know their rights and are misleading their followers. They refuse to stand stand up for their rights and still want to lead others.


  10. Raw Bake May 29, 2016 at 1:40 PM #

    I am not calling anybody’s name, but if he knows and others who should know, don’t know or play that they don’t know; what is stopping him from educating the masses that electing and following these clueless leaders?

    I mean when yuh kicking the bucket and checking at de pearly gates to find out yuh final destination, yuh duz can’t carry long nuh luggage or knowledge, so yuh cud aswell lef um fuh others. Even ef you jus write um down pon two sheets of foolscap paper.

    Dah mek sense or not?


  11. Raw Bake May 29, 2016 at 1:42 PM #

    I could be wrong but I suspect that the Unions started dying from the time the Social Partnership was born.


  12. David May 29, 2016 at 1:44 PM #

    @Raw Bake

    Your last comment is simplistic and exposes a lack of understanding of the of humankind.


  13. Hopi May 29, 2016 at 1:46 PM #

    The Police State is not on the Horizon, these jackboots have been with us for a long time now, but you would have never known, because that Iron Fist was enveloped in a Velvet Glove, but now that reason has departed us and Avarice has become of the Mother of our existence, the glove has been removed for we cannot all be Chiefs, hence the Indian must be kept in her place while the looting and deception to continue.

    This Jackboots state is a case of the Ant terrorizing the Elephant…its happening all over the planet but with some push back in places where victims refuse to become slaves. This terrorism has been gently massaged into our existence over a period of time thru a stupid ‘education’ system (which only allows you to operate and ‘succeed’ within it) and bullshit religion whose tenets are grounded in vicarious salvation.

    Maybe these teachers need a good beatdown for continuously teaching non-self-actualizing shite year-in and year-out. Has the academic achievement led to liberation or to a perpetuation of the system that keeps us enslaved? But then again you can only be liberated when you realise that you’re not free. Soon the children will take their fight further…and guy-fawk that parliament while that perfidious bunch spews their bilge session after session. The problem with the children is a symptom of a sicker society.

    The silliness that passes for education via pieces of paper has made it easy to produce and accept COWS that never produce milk and Baloneys (where is the Barbados Defence Force when you need them….shouldn’t that force be given teeth as an Enforcement Arm of State Agency such as Town and Country Planning to just move in and bulldoze when necessary?)

    Will Bajans ever think and act outside the box or are they happy within the box? Doesn’t it ever get too damn hot and miserable in there?


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  14. Raw Bake May 29, 2016 at 1:54 PM #

    I am lost, please elucidate for my edification.


  15. Pachamama May 29, 2016 at 2:39 PM #

    Hopi is right!

    For decades we have been living in a global police state.

    In Barbados, telephones have been all tapped for decades.

    Not a call has ever been made which could not have been ‘intercepted’. It is normal for businessmen to use intercepted communications when competing with their foes. Ala Brazil.

    And there are several security firms which can supply any number of recordings between and two ‘signifiers’ any where in the world, almost!

    What do you think the Ed Snowden issue is about.

    Three decades ago there was a man in Barbados who got accustomed to having a policeman stationed outside his door 24/7. He was also surveiled to several distance lands.

    The police use of the gun licensing mechanism is in itself a police state tactic which is well rooted in the slave culture.

    The real problem with most people is that they think dey free………………and regardless of how one may try dey can’t to convinced otherwise . LOL


  16. Pachamama May 29, 2016 at 2:53 PM #

    Frank Walcott, Leroy Trotman and all w/unions have been,on balance, traitors to to working class long ago.

    When we see in France a titular socialist government seeking to enforce the most anti-worker legislation which the GOB, the workers unions and the so-called social partnership have 2 decades ago delivered to Barbados. This treachery earned a knighthood for Leroy Trotman.

    And the police state cracking skulls to protect the oligarchs interests. We have a police state.


  17. Bajan Yankee May 29, 2016 at 3:07 PM #



    Barbados is a multiparty, parliamentary democracy. In 2008 national elections,
    voters elected Prime Minister David Thompson of the Democratic Labour Party
    (DLP). International observers assessed the vote as generally free and fair. Prime
    Minister Thompson died in office in October 2010 and was replaced by Deputy
    Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. Security forces reported to civilian authorities.
    The most serious human rights problem was the occasional use of excessive force
    by the police.

    Other human rights problems included societal violence against women and
    children, child abuse, and discrimination against gay men and lesbians.
    The government took steps to punish officials who committed abuses, and there
    was not a widespread perception of impunity for security force members.
    Section 1. Respect for the Integrity of the Person, Including Freedom from:
    a. Arbitrary or Unlawful Deprivation of Life

    The government or its agents did not commit any politically motivated killings, but
    on rare occasions, there were police killings in the line of duty. Authorities
    investigated all such killings and referred them to a coroner’s inquiry when
    appropriate. Delays in receiving case files from the police often impeded timely
    completion of such inquiries.

    On April 3, police officers shot and killed Jamar Andre Maynard while he and an
    accomplice were attempting to rob a woman. One of the two suspects drew a
    firearm, and the police fired on the suspects. Authorities sent the case to a
    coroner’s inquiry, and the officers involved in the incident remained on active
    duty. In the December 2011 death in police custody of Curtis Callender, an
    autopsy carried out in the presence of family members and their legal
    representative provided no evidence to suggest police misconduct.
    In September the director of public prosecutions charged three Coast Guard
    officers–Corey Broome, Romerio Gasin, and Shem Chapman–with manslaughter
    in connection with the 2010 killing of Percival Louie. Authorities originally

    Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012
    United States Department of State • Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
    treated the case as an unnatural death, which caused a two-and-a-half-year delay in
    charging the officers. Their trial date was set for January 29, 2013.
    Frequently there were long delays in receiving case files from the police and
    completing coroner’s inquiries related to police killings. A coroner’s inquiry into
    the death of Michael Davis (killed by police in 2007) concluded in October. The
    inquest found that police fatally shot Davis in the line of duty while they were
    executing a search warrant. In July the coroner’s office received case files from
    the police to begin inquests into the deaths of Denzil Headley (killed by police in
    2009) and Sean Anderson Sealy (killed by police in July 2011). Both inquests
    began on October 19 and concluded on December 18. The coroner determined that
    both killings occurred in the line of duty.

    b. Disappearance
    There were no reports of politically motivated disappearances.
    c. Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or

    The constitution prohibits such practices, but there were complaints against the
    police alleging unprofessional conduct, intimidation, and beating or assault. Police
    occasionally were accused of beating suspects to obtain confessions, and suspects
    often recanted their confessions during their trial. In many cases the only evidence
    against the accused was a confession. Suspects and their family members
    continued to allege coercion by police, but there was no evidence of systematic
    police abuse.

     Anecdotal reports indicated that crime often went unreported and
    that police officers pressured victims not to formally report crimes. There were
    also reports that some witnesses refused to testify in court against police officers.
    In December two on-duty police officers offered four foreign women a ride back to
    their home in a police vehicle. The women alleged that the officers were drinking
    while on duty and demanded either sex or monetary payment from the women
    once they had accepted the transportation. The police officers sexually assaulted
    the women and stole property before departing their home. Authorities charged the
    officers with indecent assault, burglary, criminal damage, and willful misconduct.

    Authorities released them on bail with a hearing set for February 2013.
    In the February 2011 rape of a Jamaican national detained at the Central Police
    Station on drug trafficking charges, authorities charged Constable Jonathan Barrow

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    with serious indecency and Constable Melanie Denny with aiding and abetting an
    offense of serious indecency. Authorities suspended both from the force and set
    their next hearing for January 2013.

    A Jamaican national, Shanique Myrie, brought suit against the government in the
    Caribbean Court of Justice claiming that she was sexually assaulted by a female
    immigration officer who detained her upon arrival at the airport. The case was
    pending at year’s end.

    Prison and Detention Center Conditions

    Prison and detention center conditions generally met international standards.
    Physical Conditions: Dodds Prison, built in 2007 in St. Philip, was designed to
    meet modern international standards with a capacity of approximately 1,250
    prisoners. According to prison officials, on December 12, it held 1,054 sentenced
    prisoners. Although prisoners occasionally complained about the quality of the
    food, Dodds had a canteen program permitting family members to make deposits
    into inmate accounts, and inmates could purchase food, toiletries, and dry goods.

    On October 31, there were 39 female prisoners held in a separate wing. There
    were separate juvenile facilities for boys and girls.
    On September 3, a Jamaican national, Dishawn Campbell, died in prison, and the
    Jamaican government asked for a report on his death. A prison postmortem
    examination found that he died of pneumonia, secondary to an immune compromised

    Administration: Prison record keeping was adequate, and there were alternative
    sentencing measures for nonviolent offenders. Authorities permitted reasonable
    access to visitors, although there were reports that police obstructed some lawyers
    from visiting their clients in detention. Prisoners were permitted religious
    observance. Prisoners may submit complaints to the officer in charge. If that
    officer cannot resolve the problem, it is referred to the warden. There was no
    specific ombudsman, but prisoners could submit complaints to judicial authorities.
    Authorities transferred Raul Garcia, a Cuban prisoner, from prison to a nonpunitive
    facility after he went on a hunger strike in February. He completed his 15-year
    sentence for drug trafficking in 2010. Authorities stated they continued to hold
    Garcia because the Cuban government denied his repatriation request and that he

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    United States Department of State • Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
    would remain in the nonpunitive facility until Cuba or another country agreed to
    accept him. There were no immediate plans to release the prisoner into general

    Monitoring: The government allowed prison visits by independent human rights

    d. Arbitrary Arrest or Detention
    The constitution prohibits arbitrary arrest and imprisonment, and the government
    generally observed these prohibitions.
    In 2011 police arrested and detained Derick Crawford for the rapes of two female
    British visitors that took place in October 2010. Authorities held Crawford in
    prison for 18 months.

    In November the two rape survivors traveled to Barbados to
    testify on Crawford’s behalf after they repeatedly told police that Crawford was
    not the man who had raped them and the police ignored their statements. The
    women said they did not want to see an innocent man convicted, and the magistrate
    eventually dropped the charges against Crawford. The police commissioner
    refused to meet with the rape survivors to discuss the handling of their cases. The
    women called for a full inquiry into the police investigation and for the police to
    find the actual perpetrator.

    Role of the Police and Security Apparatus
    The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) is responsible for internal law
    enforcement. The small Barbados Defense Force (BDF) protects national security
    and may be called upon to maintain public order in times of crisis, emergency, or
    other specific need. The RBPF reports to the minister of home affairs, and the
    BDF reports to the minister of defense and security.

    Although the police largely
    were unarmed, special RBPF foot patrols in high-crime areas carried firearms. An
    armed special rapid-response unit continued to operate. The law provides that the
    police can request BDF assistance with special joint patrols.
    Civilian authorities maintained effective control over the RBPF and the BDF, and
    the government has effective mechanisms to investigate and punish abuse and
    Arrest Procedures and Treatment While in Detention


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    United States Department of State • Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
    The law authorizes police to arrest persons suspected of criminal activity; a
    warrant is typically required. The constitution permits authorities to hold detainees
    without charge for up to five days; however, once persons are charged, police must
    bring them before a court without unnecessary delay. There is a functioning bail
    system. Criminal detainees received prompt access to counsel and were advised of
    that right immediately after arrest. Authorities generally permitted family
    members access to them.

    Police procedures provide that, except when a senior divisional officer expressly
    permitted them to do otherwise, the police may question suspects and other persons
    only at a police station. An officer must visit detainees at least once every three
    hours to inquire about the detainees’ condition. After 24 hours the detaining
    authority must submit a written report to the deputy commissioner. The authorities
    must approve and record all movements of detainees between stations.

    Pretrial Detention: There were 441 persons in pretrial detention as of December

    While length of pretrial detention may vary from one case to another, there
    were no reports of extended periods of pretrial detention or abuse of the practice.

    e. Denial of Fair Public Trial
    The constitution provides for an independent judiciary, and the government
    generally respected judicial independence in practice.

    Trial Procedures
    The constitution provides that persons charged with criminal offenses receive a fair
    public hearing without unnecessary delay by an independent, impartial court and a
    trial by jury. The government generally respected these rights in practice.
    Defendants have the right to be present and to consult with an attorney of choice in
    a timely manner.

    The government provided free legal aid to the indigent in family
    matters, child support, serious criminal cases such as rape or murder, and all cases
    involving minors. The law permits defendants to confront and question witnesses
    and present evidence on their own behalf. Defendants and their attorneys have
    access to government-held evidence relevant to their case.

    Defendants are
    presumed innocent until proven guilty, have the right of appeal, and cannot be
    compelled to testify or confess guilt.
    The constitution and law provides for the right to a fair trial, and an independent
    judiciary generally enforced thi


  18. Well Well & Consequences May 29, 2016 at 3:23 PM #

    “While length of pretrial detention may vary from one case to another, there
    were no reports of extended periods of pretrial detention or abuse of the practice”

    Obviously, this information needs to be updated or they would know that constitutional laws are rarely enforced……and because of extended pretrial detentions and unnecessary delays at the judiciary, accused murders are now given bail……due to inadequacies in the court system and obvious abuse.


  19. pieceuhderockyeahright May 30, 2016 at 6:47 AM #

    @ Caswell

    This article is “thrice” interesting to me.

    Earlier last week I commented that Eric Fly Sealy would invoke a prayer at his political meetings there by converting his political gathering into a church meeting as provider for under the act.

    My second common denominator lies in the obvious comments and State of Emergency direction that we are going in and the fact that even thought the threats are not even veiled anymore not a man Jack ent doing a pang bout um, like deer in headlights, we are “poleaxed”

    The police state is and has been happening for years and like the lady Hopi says in some party’s of the world people with guts fight back, we being gutless swine, accept it and die.

    The third issue lies in (self) education or building on what you know by self edification.

    I see that you were kind to the lack of knowledge of your fellow colleagues but I am not so kind and will refer to them as blithering scvunts

    Look at me, a teacher at 60 years, frail yet according to the cuntery expounded by Mary Redman, having to join the Shotokan Club at the Marine to learn karate! You see why I wud call her an unreserved scvunt and apologize to neither man, woman, child nor beast?

    Caswell a man has to have a thirst to make himself better while making who AND what is around him better.

    As simple as that pronouncement is an idiot, of whom we have many here, CANNOT CONCEIVE THAT not mor importantly effect any action to make that happen, so like Mary, she got voted there by a bunch uh scvunts, and being there all her simpleton mind understands is that something is to happen and karate is something so she has fulfilled her obligation.

    The same thing with McDowall and Tóni but that is your fault though because when good men do nothing shyte becomes the order of the day


  20. TheGazer May 30, 2016 at 8:33 AM #

    The idea of PUDRYR doing a Bruce Lee impersonation is worthy of a smile. It also serves to illustrate that teachers having to learn karate is not the solution to this problem.

    The idea of teachers and students engaged in hand-to-hand combat is one that should not even be placed on the table. If after weeks of training a student manages to best a teacher, what’s next? A reference to the USA makes me fearful that the idea of teachers bringing their guns to school would become a part of the conversation. Ridiculous? I think the self-defense comment is just as ridiculous.

    The summary did not give the give the position of Mr Shepherd.

    The relationship between teachers and students has to be restored to one of respect and must involve a dialogue between teachers parents and children; the relationship should also involve teaching, learning and the teacher and student getting to understand each other.

    Let us not be naive, the school administration must develop strategies for weeding out and disciplining problem students and teachers. Teachers need to conduct themselves in an exemplary manner and be positive role models for those in their charge.

    I have been away from the island too long to comment on the objectives of our educational system but perhaps greater emphasis need to be placed on developing well rounded and productive citizens instead of ranking them by the number of CXC passes. Would be good to have someone point out how the educational system of 2016 differs from that of 1966. What served our colonial masters may need tailoring to our circumstances.


  21. Pachamama May 30, 2016 at 8:54 AM #

    That a few students may want to physically attack teachers is merely a symptom of a larger problem.

    We are not convinced that these attacks are any more frequent than 2 or 3 generations ago. When this writer was at school there were always 2 or 3 young men that teachers were afraid of. One oftentimes, could see the differential in treatment. Sometimes 1 or 2 young women as well.

    No professionals, including teachers, can no longer claim a hallowed place in any society. In fact, some may claim that teachers are the partial creators of part of deeper social problems we have currently.

    That these chicks have come home to roost cannot be a justification to seek to re-locate the teaching profession to that fictitious place once held, as though the failures of courage by at least two generations of teachers did not occur.


  22. David May 30, 2016 at 9:17 AM #

    The BUT differs with the BSTU on the issue of hand to hand combat in the schools.


  23. TheGazer May 30, 2016 at 11:08 AM #

    Sometimes two message are carried in a single statement. The suggestion of ninja training for teachers also conveys the idea that the situation is out of hand and the messenger has no solutions for this problem.


  24. Gabriel May 30, 2016 at 1:05 PM #

    Senegal,the African country from which most Haitians came,have shown the guts they possess by putting away for life one of their serial tormentors of yesteryear.Read about it


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