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Gov’t fails to act on threat against Amerindian Leaders

Screen shot 2014-04-28 at 10.12.42 PMYou would recall those protests by Amerindians at Public Buildings during consideration of the 2014 Budget; that all sprang from a meeting government ministers and other senior officials had with Amerindian leaders. One of those persons was Nigel Dharamlall, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs. An audio recording of the meeting in which he threatened to withhold stipends from Amerindian Leaders and banning them from his office was leaked, but Mr Dharamlall has since claimed he was taken out of context, but the audio recording says he said exactly what he said, and that was the context.

In the recording, Mr Dharamlall was heard dictating to the Amerindian leaders who they should support, the government of course, and not the opposition. In fact, he even warned the Amerindian leaders about their Association with Amerindian rights group APA, and he grumbled over the fact that the European Union had given the APA funds to carry out its work.

After threatening the Amerindian leaders, Dharamlall then urged the Amerindians to eat, and get hyped up to protest; of course they had to turn up at the protest action.  The Minister of Amerindian Affairs was among those at the meeting and she had nothing to say about Mr Dharamlall’s threats.

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