PM Douglas refutes statement by Terry Adams, says he will not be intimidated

Terry Adams (photo by Erasmus Williams)

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 4TH 2011 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon, Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has vehemently refuted an allegation made by former Customs officer Terry Adams that he called the people of Mc Knight “scums” during a political meeting in St. Paul’s last Thursday.

In a May 2nd 2011 posting on the St. Kits-Nevis List, ( Terry Adams wrote: “It is alleged, at a Public meeting in St. Paul’s the Prime Minister called McKnight People scums”

Prime Minister Douglas told the National Assembly on Tuesday afternoon: “I want to make it clear that I have used no such description for the people of Mc Knight neither here nor in St. Paul’s or in any other public meeting.”

Dr. Douglas repeated an earlier statement that when he was Minister of National Security, he was bombarded on several occasions whenever the SSU went into certain areas including Mc Knight by then Cabinet Minister Dwyer Astaphan who would call and utter strong objections to searches in Mc Knight by asking why the SSU do not go into other areas of Basseterre including the built up areas of the middle class and upper class.

“I have no apology to make for making that statement,” said Dr. Douglas, in further response to references after the Terry Adams posting on the SKN List that the Prime Minister cannot go into Mc Knight.

“Í aint know who can prevent me from going into any area in St. Kitts and Nevis. If it is been done in an effort to try to intimidate me or to cause me to become a victim of whatever kind for people of criminal intent in Mc Knight, then I want to say to Terry Adams and his cohorts and people like him who are supporting him, that I am not intimidated. I shall not be intimidated at all,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who added that he will continue to express very strongly, “my views as I see them pertaining to those who may be soft on crime and where I think it is absolutely necessary to emphasise that there cannot be any compromise in our strong fight against crime.”

“I Denzil Llewellyn Douglas will not be intimidated,” the Prime Minister stressed.

“I want to make it absolutely clear I shall not be intimidated at all by those who think that because I make reference to certain areas that I will become a target for those who want to practice all kinds of violence. I am not intimidated

“I said at the public meeting on Sunday night that we shall fight crime wherever it raises its ugly head. We will fight it in the privacy of people’s home if there is where it is; we will fight it in communities; we will fight it in the church; we will fight it in Parliament; we will fight it in the schools and we will fight it wherever it is in St. Kitts and Nevis.”

Dr. Douglas said crime will be fought using the measures that have been outlined and explained by the Minister of National Security, Hon. Sam condor.

He said that a concerted effort will be made in the fight against crime and he will not be intimidated.

“I come from a village where I have seen crime when I grew up as a little boy. I am not afraid and so no one can intimidate me and I will continue to speak out as I have always spoken out. If crime is in Mc Knight, we need to stamp it out. If crime is in St. Paul’s, we need to stamp it out. If it is in the built up areas we will stamp it out. No matter where it is in this country, it will be stamped out,” said Prime Minister Douglas.

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