Monday 19 November, 2018

Kamla condemns attacks on religious leaders

Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar speaks at the United National Congress (UNC) Monday Night Forum (MNF) on June 12, 2017 at the St. Helena Hindu School, Caroni South Bank Road, St. Helena. Photo: United National Congress

Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar speaks at the United National Congress (UNC) Monday Night Forum (MNF) on June 12, 2017 at the St. Helena Hindu School, Caroni South Bank Road, St. Helena. Photo: United National Congress

Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has condemned the robbery of Roman Catholic priest Father Clyde Harvey, describing it as a demonstration of the state of lawlessness the country is in.

Speaking at the United National Congress’ (UNC) Monday Night Forum in St Helena on Monday, Persad-Bissessar condemned in the strongest terms, any attack on any religious leader.

Continuing in her condemnation, the Opposition leader also condemned the Prime Minister and the Government for unwarranted attacks against religious leaders in the country.

Persad-Bissessar’s comments followed the passing of the Marriage Bill in Parliament late on Friday, where Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley chastised her for her defense of Secretary General of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) Sat Maharaj in his views on child marriage.

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Persad-Bissessar defended herself in the wake of the Prime Minister’s comments in the Parliament, stating that the she and the Opposition were always of the view that the legal age for marriage should be increased.

“We were not against age 18. If you check my record, I have always said the age should be increased,” she stated.

The Opposition leader accused Government of being “wicked”, “unpatriotic”, “undemocratic’ and taking issue with citizens exercising freedom of speech in coming to the Parliament to talk.

She said the Prime Minister’s comments about the SDMS leader on Friday were nothing short of an attack.

“He launched a tirade in the Parliament attacking Sat Maharaj and attacking the Opposition and attack…I know people have a particular name for him but the man is always on perpetual attack mode.

Always on attack mode, will not find one thing for the development of this country, but could find time to attack freedom of expression and freedom of speech.”