by Shawn Cumberbatch
There are influential “persons” in Barbados stoking an uprising against the Freundel Stuart Administration.
But such action, Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ronald Jones, warned, might prompt the island’s military and police forces to “crack some heads” and “shoot some people” to “bring back law and order”.
In an emotional speech in the House of Assembly before lunch this afternoon, he accused these “persons” of disrespecting democracy and their “creation of a groundswell to breed insurrection”.
The Christ Church East Central MP also claimed there were “people” offering “severely criminal elements” in Barbados “hidden help and support”, all “as a means of securing their own ends”.
Jones made the assertions during a speech in the House of Assembly this morning, as members debated the Police Complaints Authority (Validation) Bill.
“There are persons who have no respect for democracy, they have a right to talk, but when they believe that right spreads to the creation of a groundswell to breed insurrection Mr. Speaker you will be calling on the military forces of Barbados, the Royal Barbados Police Force to bring back law and order,” he said.
“Who will be the Complaints Authority then? There will be thousands of complaints because by necessity in order to restore order you have to crack some heads, you have to shoot some people, let’s understand this reality. Nineteen thirty seven in this country many persons died, some that we can’t account for even now, so let them speak.
Jones said it seemed some individuals could not deal with the fact that Barbadians re-elected the Democratic Labour Party to govern and were trying to imbed “poisonous” words in the Bajan psyche to fulfill their ambitions.
His words of caution to those who “can’t wait for the wheels of democracy to turn so they can flash their insincere words before the public of Barbados” were: “if greedy wait, hot will cool”.
“Those who light the fire will be consumed by the flames, simple as that. It is all well and good to want to lead a nation, nothing wrong with that. If you are in this House there is nothing wrong in wanting to lead a nation, but there is a time and place for everything under the sun, your time too will come if it is God’s will, of course,” he said.
“Those who plant the seeds of destruction those seeds of destruction will come on them. All I am appealing to is good sense, good judgment.”
Jones also said that “after 19 years of avoiding the people, all of a sudden now there are persons in cane fields with Digicel umbrellas, all of a sudden there are persons walking Swan Street”.
“I want to say to this Honourable House there are criminal elements in Barbados, severe criminal elements, and there are people who know those criminal elements very well, they know them, they give them hidden help and support, they encourage them because they are planting them across Barbados as a means of securing their own ends because we are afraid to talk, we are afraid to speak,” the minister stated.
“So because we are afraid to talk the seepage continues and people who should know better are silent; one group is silent and the other group encourages. I hope, Mr. Speaker, that we respect in this country law and order. An educated nation is a nation that fosters that level of respect, but there are educated people who themselves are disrespectful of the system from which they came.
“Those who have ears to hear let them hear, they are quiet gentle people in Barbados who are watching. Guerilla warfare is not practised by conventional armies, that is not how they are trained to fight, but there are persons who know how to practise it very well.
“I hope there isn’t a member in this House, I sincerely hope so, that because of their own greed and grasp for power, their own over-arching ambitions, over reaching ambitions, the dreams that turn to nightmares before they reach the age of 50 or 55 they must … chalk up another scalp on their totem poles (saying) ‘I have another scalp, I will be Prime Minister of Barbados or somehow President of Barbados’,” he added.