By Admin. Updated 6:30 a.m. Friday, August 6, 2021, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
An attack on Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves on August 5, which left him with a head injury, has drawn widespread condemnation.
Several Vincentians took to social media to condemn the attack.
In Parliament, members of the government condemned the act, while members of the opposition said it was “regrettable” and “unfortunate”.
According to the Office of the Prime Minister:
“On Thursday 5th August, at approximately 5:15pm, the Honourable Ralph E. Gonsalves, duly elected Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, was physically assaulted and wounded by Opposition demonstrators while attempting to enter the House of Assembly.
Approximately 200 demonstrators, responding to a call to action from the Leader of the Opposition, picketed the Parliament and blocked the entrance to building. When the crowd prevented the vehicle carrying the Honourable Prime Minister from driving through the gate of the Parliament, he alighted the vehicle and attempted to enter on foot.”
The release added that “An Opposition demonstrator then hurled a projectile at the Prime Minister, which struck him in the head, inches above the temple. The Prime Minister, bleeding profusely, was taken to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital by his security detail, where he was met by his wife”.
Finance minister, Camillo Gonsalves, who is also the son of Dr. Gonsalves, announced in Parliament on Thursday evening that the Dr. Gonsalves will be flown to Barbados where he will receive an MRI scan of his head.
Gonsalves said the injury to the prime minister is not just a scratch, it was an attempt on the prime minister.