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Gov’t releases ambassador’s statement on arrest in New York

Ambassador Camillo Gonsalves (U.N. file photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent — The Office of the Prime Minister on Friday released the following statement by H.E. Camillo Gonsalves, Permanent Representative of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations on his arrest by a New York Police Department officer in New York on Wednesday.

The statement is published in its entirety:

“Permanent Mission of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations

“My name is Camillo Michael Gonsalves. I am the Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations, and have served in that capacity since 6 November 2007, the date on which I presented my credentials to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

“THE BUILDING PREMISES

“For the duration of my tenure as Permanent Representative, my office, the Permanent Mission of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations, has been located at 800 Second Avenue, Suite 400-G, New York, NY. I enter and exit the premises multiple times on each working day. The building in which the Permanent Mission of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations is located is the home to many other diplomatic missions. The majority of the diplomatic missions in the building are members of The Commonwealth, with the notable exception of the State of Israel.1 We enter the building by means of a common lobby and shared elevator system, through which we have access to our various Permanent Missions and office facilities.

“The lobby of the building is staffed by unarmed personnel, who check the identification of visitors to the building, and determine who should gain access. The lobby is also staffed by Israeli security officials, who perform separate identification and safety checks on those individuals visiting the Permanent Mission of Israel.

“Uniformed police officers of the New York Police Department (“NYPD”) are stationed outside of the building. The NYPD officers do not engage in checking the identification of people seeking to enter the building. There is usually one NYPD officer stationed in a permanent guard post directly in front of the building. One or two other officers traditionally patrol the city block on which the building is located.

“On the outside of the building, the NYPD maintains stacks of metal barricades, which normally lean against concrete structures that line that particular sidewalk. The barriers are called into use whenever political demonstrations or protests take place outside of the building. In such instances, the barricades are erected on the opposite side of the street from the Permanent Mission to contain the demonstrators, and to keep the protestors from “disturbing the peace of the mission or impairment of its dignity,” as is mandated by Article 22 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961).

“The Permanent Missions housed at 800 Second Avenue, New York, NY include those of Dominica, The Gambia, Grenada, Israel, The Maldives, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Other, non-diplomatic establishments are also located in the building.

“Ambassadors and other diplomatic staff, as well as delivery drivers, couriers, and pedestrians, regularly step between and around these metal rails when no demonstrations are taking place. It is the common practice for Ambassadors and other diplomatic staff to be dropped off by their drivers directly in front of the building, and for those persons to step around/between the barricades, cross the sidewalk, and enter the building. The staff members of the Permanent Mission of Israel, as the largest diplomatic staff in the building, are probably the most frequent users of this particular mode of entry. However, all diplomatic staff frequently enter the building in this manner.

“Over the course of my four and one-half years as Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations, I have regularly entered the building in this manner.

“On 28th March 2012, at approximately 2:45 p.m., I was returning from a lunch with other diplomatic colleagues. I returned from the lunch in the official vehicle of the Permanent Mission of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations, which bears diplomatic licence plates. The official vehicle was being driven by another member of staff of the Permanent Mission.

“As is the custom, the official vehicle stopped directly in front of the building that houses the Permanent Mission. I exited the official vehicle in full view of the NYPD officer in the guard post, and began to walk to my office, while the staff member continued driving the car to its designated parking area. As usual, I stepped between the metal barricades, which were not linked together or otherwise connected, and continued towards the front door of my office building.

“After I had walked past the guard post located on the sidewalk, an NYPD officer emerged from the structure and shouted at me angrily.

“He said: ‘Hey You! You! What the hell do you think the Goddamn barricades are there for?’

“I was, quite frankly, shocked at the NYPD officer’s loud and angry outburst, both because of its hostile tone and the fact that, in over four years of entering the building in that manner, I had never been previously been subject to any comment whatsoever. I did not respond to the NYPD officer, and instead continued into the lobby of my office building.

“In the building, I was greeted by the unarmed personnel that supervise the entrance of visitors to the building. Since the building staff all know me very well (as they know all longstanding tenants of the building), they do not require me to produce identification to enter the building. I stopped to speak briefly with the individual on duty that day, a Caribbean national with whom I chat often.

“I was proceeding to the elevators when the NYPD officer that shouted at me earlier entered the building. He approached me from behind placed his hand on my neck and shoulder, and spun me around to face him. The officer, again angrily, shouted at me once more.

“He said: ‘You! Didn’t you see me talking to you outside?’

“I replied, in a calm voice, ‘You couldn’t have been talking to me.’

“The NYPD officer then responded, again with hostility: ‘Show me some ID right now!’

“I replied to the NYPD officer’s demand with a simple question: ‘Why? Am I under arrest?’ The question was based on the fact that (1) the officer had already grabbed me and spun me around, impeding my entry into my office; and (2) the NYPD officers stationed outside the building, to my knowledge, have never previously requested identification from any individual. The decision to check identification and to grant access to the elevators is made by the building personnel in the lobby, not the NYPD.

“As soon as I asked the NYPD officer why I was being asked to produce identification, and whether I was under arrest, he said ‘You are now!’

“The NYPD officer, whose surname is Parker, and whose badge number is 21289, then produced his handcuffs and demanded that I place my hands behind my back. Aware of my rights under the relevant sections of the Vienna Convention, and aware of the fact that I had committed no criminal offence, I informed Officer Parker that I would not place my hands behind my back. Officer Parker proceeded to place his handcuff on my left wrist. I clasped my hands in front of me and stood perfectly still and rigid, as if at attention.

“Officer Parker then began to squeeze the handcuff tightly on my left wrist, in an attempt to yank my hands behind my back. He was unsuccessful in this effort. Officer Parker called for backup, and another one or two NYPD officers arrived in the lobby and began to manhandle me in an effort to handcuff me. I remained uncooperative, but peaceful. At some point I was struck or somehow bruised behind my right ear. There are minor abrasions in this area.

“The officers, collectively, managed to force my hands behind my back and to handcuff me. I was pulled to the side of the lobby, where Officer Parker informed me that he was getting a Squad Car to take me to the ’17th Precinct.’

“Other Ambassadors with Permanent Missions in the building, as well as other diplomatic staff, began to congregate in the lobby. They were shouting at the NYPD officers that they were at fault, that I had done nothing wrong, and that they should not arrest and handcuff Ambassadors. The persons gathered in the building lobby also stressed the number of times that very day that members of the Israeli Permanent Mission had entered and exited the building in that manner.

“Other officers on the scene began questioning me about what took place, and also asked me whether I worked in the building and in what capacity. I responded to them calmly and truthfully, despite the fact that I was under arrest and being questioned without having been informed of my ‘Miranda Rights’ as mandated by U.S. Law. Similarly, I had not been informed of the supposed ‘crime’ for which I was under arrest. The other officers persuaded Officer Parker not to place me in a squad car and instead to call his superior officer. My own staff, in turn, learned of my predicament and called the individuals in the United States State Department responsible for the interactions between Permanent Missions and the United States, our host country.

“As the crowd gathered, Officer Parker began to act in an uneasy manner. Apparently by way of post-hoc justification, Officer Parker said quietly to his fellow officers, but within my earshot: ‘I couldn’t let him just walk into the building. Look at him: he could be a terrorist.’

“After approximately 20 minutes in handcuffs, senior NYPD officers and U.S. State department personnel arrived in the lobby. At that point, my handcuffs were released, and I went upstairs to my office.

“The lobby of the building is under 24-hour video surveillance. The Permanent Mission of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations is currently attempting to obtain the footage of the incident, which I am confident will corroborate this account of my ordeal.

“The U.S. State Department Personnel later joined me in my office to express their personal regret that the incident had taken place. They also said that the NYPD was considering issuing me a summons for disorderly conduct, which would require me to pay a fine. I informed them that I considered myself the victim of a police assault, and may pursue my own redress to that assault. Shortly thereafter, the State Department Personnel informed me that the NYPD had decided not to issue any summons.

“Later that day, I was contacted by the U.S. State Department and reminded that, if I decide to pursue legal action for my assault, I would be waiving whatever jurisdictional immunities I possess as a diplomatic agent. I was informed that, if I contemplated legal action, I may become subject to a counter suit by the New York District Attorney. Responding to this, I told the State Department official that all of my legal and diplomatic options remain open at this point, and that I was unwilling to foreclose on any action under threat of counteraction.

“THE INJURIES SUSTAINED

“On the night of 28th March 2012, I visited the emergency room of the New York University Medical Center, which is located a short way from my office. I was evaluated by Dr. Heather Mahoney. Dr. Mahoney examined the following injuries:

  1. Abrasions to the back of my head (and performed basic tests of balance and coordination)
  2. Bruises on my wrists
  3. Swelling and numbness in my left hand
  4. Injuries to my left shoulder, which prevented my full range of motion in that joint.

“Dr. Mahoney ordered X-rays, which revealed no broken bones. She diagnosed me with peripheral nerve damage in my left wrist and hand and possible strained ligaments in my left shoulder. In Dr. Mahoney’s opinion, the damage should not be lasting. However, she indicated that I should see Hand Specialists and Orthopedists if the hand and shoulder pain, respectively, does not dissipate within a week. I was also given a tetanus injection, due to the bruising on my wrists caused by the officer’s handcuffs.

“THE VIENNA CONVENTION AND THE UN HOST COUNTY AGREEMENT

“The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations ensures that, at a minimum, any diplomatic agent enjoys ‘immunity from jurisdiction and inviolability in respect of official acts performed in the exercise of his functions.’

“Article 29 of the Convention, which deals with the issue of ‘inviolability,’ states: ‘The person of a diplomatic agent shall be inviolable. He shall not be liable to any form of arrest or detention. The receiving State shall treat him with due respect and shall take all appropriate steps to prevent any attack on his person, freedom or dignity.’

“Article 22 states that the receiving state (in this case, the United States) ‘is under a special duty’ to ‘prevent any disturbance of the peace of the diplomatic mission or impairment of its dignity.’

“Included in the Agreement between the United Nations and the United States of America regarding the Headquarters of the United Nations, which was approved by the UN General Assembly on 31 October 1947, the United States is bound, to extend these privileges and immunities to Permanent Representatives of the United Nations, even in instances where the United States itself does not maintain diplomatic relations with the countries accredited to the United Nations.

“Similarly, Article V of the 1946 Resolution 22(I), entitled ‘Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations’ states ‘Persons accredited to the United Nations by Members as resident representatives and their staffs, whether residing inside or outside the zone, shall be recognized by the Government of the United States of America as entitled on its territory to the same privileges and immunities as that Government accords to the diplomatic envoys accredited to it, and the staffs of these envoys.’

“Signed this 29th Day of March 2012 by

“Camillo M. Gonsalves

“Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations

“800 Second Avenue, Suite 400-G

“New York NY 10017”

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Discussion

58 thoughts on “Gov’t releases ambassador’s statement on arrest in New York

  1. I stand behind our Ambassador and pray for a fair and just resolution to the matter.

    Posted by HONESTY | March 30, 2012, 15:12
  2. Where is Peter?

    I want to hear the word Marxist before i leave work.

    Posted by John | March 30, 2012, 16:04
  3. Well, there you have it.

    Imagine there are those who called themselves Vincentian would give the benefit of the doubt to a New York City Police Officer instead of the PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations.

    Not only is Camillo Gonsalves a CLASS ACT, he is a HIGHLY RESPECTED AMBASSADOR at the UN on BEHALF of the GOVERNMENT and PEOPLE of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Therefore, to see persons who call themselves VINCENTIANS siding with an UNKNOWN NYPD officer on this matter is truly PATHETIC and an EMBARRASSMENT.

    As a PATRIOT and a NATIONAL, it does not GET ANY LOWER than this.

    Posted by VINCY POWA (@VINCYPOWA) | March 30, 2012, 16:09
  4. Having read this article I still believe that Gondsalves helped aggravate this situation, and his arrogance didn’t help.

    A coward blames others, a real man admits his mistakes.

    Donkey Gonsalves his father is also a coward, after starting a riot in Jamaica as a student, he ran back to the University and hid, then tried to deny his involvement. In later years he also ran from Barbados under doubtful circumstances.

    Posted by Peter | March 30, 2012, 17:02
  5. Two assh@#&$ don’t make things right! Camillo can quote the entire volume of the UN publication on diplomatic immunity and he is still comes off as an ass. Look, its clear the police officer was just showing his racist proclivities and being a cu@#, but Camillo didn’t try to deescalate the situation; rather he threw gasoline on smoking coals by ignoring the officer. I am not supporting the actions of this police officer but the truth of the matter is, where on god green earth will a police officer, having issue a command to a black man will suppress his feelings after being totally ignored by said black man, hell no!

    All these quotes by Camillo becomes totally irrelevant if the officer wasn’t aware or LIE in knowing, the gentleman in question was in fact an Ambassador! I suspect an official apology from the NYPD is the most that Camillo will get from this incident. In this heightened security paranoid world we living in…over-zealous policing is protocol and the norm. Look, these fools and frisking 3 year olds and wheel-chair bound-diaper wearing-grandpa, all in the name of SECURITY…So who the phuck is Camillo, a black man, to be ignoring a police officer..really..in the US?

    Here is the NYPD’s “official” statement:

    The NYPD HAVING REVIEWED THE INCIDENT HAS COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT OUR OFFICER ACTED IN A PROPER AND LAWFUL MANNER IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE NYPD RULES OF ENGAGEMENT. IT IS OUR UNDERSTANDING THAT OFFICER ZIMMERMAN WAS UNAWARE THAT THE GENTLEMAN WAS AN AMBASSADOR. ITS UNFORTUNATE THAT THE SITUATION OCCURRED BUT IT IS OUR FERVENT BELIEVER THE SITUATION COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED, HAD THE GENTLEMAN ACTED IN ACCORDANCE TO THE SLAVE-MASSA RULE OF ENGAGEMENT.THE GENTLEMAN NEVER MADE ANY ATTEMPT TO SHOW OR STATE HIS CREDENTIALS WHEN OFFICER ZIMMERMAN BARKED. LUCKILY FOR THE GENTLEMAN OTHERS INTERCEDED OR ELSE HE COULD HAVE BEEN SHOT.

    THE NYPD WILL BE SEEKING REDRESS FROM THE OWNERS OF THIS GENTLEMAN, AS HE HAS CAUSE IMMEASURABLE PAIN AND SUFFERING TO OFFICER ZIMMERMAN AND HIS FAMILY. OFFICER ZIMMERMAN SINCE THIS INCIDENT HAS GONE INTO HIDING FOR FEAR OF HIS LIFE. THE NYPD FRATERNITY WILL BE OUT IN FORCE, TO COUNTER THE MANY MISINFORMATION THAT IS CIRCULATING IN THE MEDIA. LETS BE CLEAR HERE, OFFICER ZIMMERMAN WAS NEVER THE AGGRESSOR, IT WAS CAMILLO GONSALVES WHO ACTED CONTEMPTUOUSLY AND WITH NO REGARD TO HIS WELL BEING IN THE FACE OF OFFICER ZIMMERMAN. WE THE NYPD AND ITS FRATERNITY CAN SAY UNEQUIVOCALLY, UNREPENTANT; THAT OFFICER ZIMMERMAN ACTED IN A MANNER THAT THE NYPD IS JUSTLY PROUD. WE SALUTE OFFICER ZIMMERMAN.

    THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS AMERICA.

    Posted by Saadiss | March 30, 2012, 18:31
    • Ha ha Ha, Dude, officer Zimmerman? Really? What are the chances!

      Posted by caribcircle | March 31, 2012, 08:34
    • Officer Zimmerman– lol.

      Posted by caribcircle | March 31, 2012, 08:35
    • “NYPD HAVING REVIEWED THE INCIDENT HAS COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT OUR OFFICER ACTED IN A PROPER AND LAWFUL MANNER”

      It’s actions and decisions like these that currently has the SPD (Seattle Police Department) under inverstigation and facing mandagted changes in procedures and education. I hope the NYPD faces the same.

      Posted by darkmoonman | April 4, 2012, 13:16
  6. Seems like minor ego damage,he will survive,it’s not like Rodney King or Vincentians who show cuts and bruises to say they were abused by vincentian police.On the scale of police brutality it ranks a 1/10.They didn’t even tazer him,if the police actually thought he was a terrorist he would have tazered Camillo,he bruised the policeman’s ego,so the policeman bruised his

    Posted by Myron | March 31, 2012, 00:54
  7. You work at the UN, where you are supposed to be a peace-brooker. You spot a potentially ugly situation, please try your best not to add fire to the flames. When you get to the point of ‘you couldn’t be talking to me’, you are actually bringing yourself down to the level of the officer.
    Here’s what you do produce ID, quell the situation right then and there. Have a conversation with the officer, ‘look sir i did not appreciate the way you approached me, yadda yadda yadda. If he officer continues in his ‘rude’ manner, then report him. This sounds like two guys with the same size egos trying to one up each other.
    So young Gonsalves, sir, get in touch with the officer, sit down with him, in fact take him to Vee Jays in brooklyn for a roti [tell steve i sent you, it will be on the house]. Don’t get us all excited down here in SVG over two inflated egos, we have more pressing issues here to deal with: In case you are not aware, the latest group of people not to be paid are the workers at the Sports Council.

    Posted by vincy in bad shape | March 31, 2012, 08:08
  8. Donkey Gonsalves is our prime minister and almost every other kind of minister, he has always had a bad mouth. His talking out of place to people over the years has brought him numerous slaps, which tended to keep him in check. But since he came to power he surrounded himself with police body guards to guard him against slaps and punches.
    Like most cowards he takes advantage of his police protection and verbally attacks every decent person who he sees as a threat to his attempted dictatorship, and the creation of a Gonsalves dynasty. You cannot expect his children not to think that they are also untouchables. Infant Gonsalves got his position as Ambassador at the UN by the intervention of Donkey Gonsalves, of course Donkey tried to hide up his involvement in Infant getting the job. There were others who should of been considered for the job but were not.

    The arrogance and conceit that Infant Gonsalves has shown in this current matter just shows that he was the wrong choice for the job.

    Gonsalves has employed a whole lot of scum to protect him on the Internet, people such as VINCYPOWA, JASON, STARR, who lie on the behalf of Gonsalves to protect him from the truth. There are many others who are led to believe they are protecting the Labour Party, not understanding that they are in fact supporting a bunch of Marxist’s. There are also some Cuban trained such as SLATER and several other ULP rif-raf.

    Where did all those US dollars that flooded Kingstown come from, at least US$1 million in cash. Most of the Marxist rubbish of the party and family members had a share out.

    The whole Gonsalves family is out of control.

    Posted by Peter | March 31, 2012, 08:49
    • Peter. you’re one disrespectful person (hope you’re not a Vincentian, if you’re, do check a dictionary for the definition of a “a Donkey” called God’s hand made a donkey. Can a donkey build school for education of its’ people. yo nam fo yo education in hairpney sugarcakes. You too damn ignorant!!!!!!!!!!!

      Posted by Monica S Williams & Sons | March 31, 2012, 21:55
  9. Camillo Gonsalves is at the United Nation as a “DIPLOMAT” representing our Country. Therefore, should possess the diplomatic skills to defuse such simple situation as quoted……….. “After I had walked past the guard post located on the sidewalk, an NYPD officer emerged from the structure and shouted at me angrily……….“He said: ‘Hey You! You! What the hell do you think the Goddamn barricades are there for?”

    All of this could have been avoided should Camillo the “DIPLOMAT”, taken the time to respond to the Officer to deal with the matter instead of walking away and ignoring the NYPD officer.

    Whether the officer was polite or impolite; just added fire to fury which is not expected to be the characteristics of a “DIPLOMAT”.

    Posted by Vincy 2 D Heart | March 31, 2012, 10:18
    • Well said. Stop means stop. Show your ID means show your ID, put your hands behind your back means put your hands behind your back, that’s the law obey the law…No one is above the law. The police was just doing his job and was a job well done.

      Posted by sexey | March 31, 2012, 13:13
  10. VINCY IN BAD SHAPE, do you know that many of the Town Board Workers haven’t been paid for 3 months?

    Donkey Gonsalves apologised to the US ambassador in Barbados about UN Ambassador Hughes-Ferrari, said she was not voting along SVG government lines and supporting the US, what a crock of crap was that.

    Posted by Peter | March 31, 2012, 11:02
  11. AMAZING how after the PRESS RELEASE by the AMBASSADOR of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Camillo Gonsalves, the same CREW still TRYING to find a way to BLAME Camillo.

    These are people who called themselves VINCENTIANS. Truly PITIFUL!

    If one knows the HISTORY of the NYPD during matters of this NATURE, it is just TOMFOOLERY to be QUOTING that organization, sarcastically or not. This is not a JOKING MATTER.

    Again, CAMILLO GONSALVES is the PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the UNITED NATIONS.

    That said; VINCY 2 D HEART, what does Camillo is at the UN as a DIPLOMAT representing SVG, thus POSSESS DIPLOMATIC SKILLS, has to do with him having a CONFRONTATION with a POLICE OFFICER who CLEARLY has an AXE to GRIND?

    Is that what DIPLOMATS from other COUNTRIES are sent to the UNITED NATIONS to do, DEALING with what is HIGHLY LIKELY a RACIST POLICE OFFICER, or is one of their roles is to foster relations with other governments on their country’s behalf?

    That said; Camillo dealt with the officer APPROPRIATELY. This is what happened, as described by Camillo.

    “I was proceeding to the elevators when the NYPD officer that shouted at me earlier entered the building. He approached me from behind placed his hand on my neck and shoulder, and spun me around to face him. The officer, again angrily, shouted at me once more.

    “He said: ‘You! Didn’t you see me talking to you outside?’

    “I replied, in a calm voice, ‘You couldn’t have been talking to me.’

    “The NYPD officer then responded, again with hostility: ‘Show me some ID right now!’

    “I replied to the NYPD officer’s demand with a simple question: ‘Why? Am I under arrest?’ The question was based on the fact that (1) the officer had already grabbed me and spun me around, impeding my entry into my office; and (2) the NYPD officers stationed outside the building, to my knowledge, have never previously requested identification from any individual. The decision to check identification and to grant access to the elevators is made by the building personnel in the lobby, not the NYPD.

    “As soon as I asked the NYPD officer why I was being asked to produce identification, and whether I was under arrest, he said ‘You are now!’

    VINCY 2 D HEART, what else should CAMILLO has done in a case like this?

    I do not know how you can have an alias called VINCY 2 D HEART, yet you’re LOOKING for all KIND of REASONS to BLAME the AMBASSADOR of St. Vincent and the Grenadines at the UNITED NATION in a clear case of a NYC POLICE OFFICER OVERSTEPPING his DUTIES at the MISSIONS BUILDING.

    With VINCIES like U and others, who NEED FOREIGN ENEMIES?

    It is TRULY UNFORTUNATE to know that you and the others call yourselves VINCENTIANS, yet FINDING all KIND of RIDICULOUS EXCUSES to BLAME your OWN AMBASSADOR in a case where this POLICE OFFICER is CLEARLY in the WRONG.

    JEALOUSY, ENVY and/or PARTISAN POLITICAL AFFILIATION tend to make SOME PEOPLE DO and SAY some of the most OUTRAGEOUS things on NATIONAL MATTERS, especially on an ISSUE that should have AUTOMATICALLY led them to SUPPORT their NATION of BIRTH on, yet they will tell you that they’re VINCY TO THE HEART.

    SAD!!!!

    Posted by vincypowa | March 31, 2012, 12:46
  12. VINCY 2 D HEART, have some PRIDE in your HEART.

    If you’re going to go around with that ALIAS, the LEAST you could do is PRETEND that you’re a REPRESENTATION of it on this MATTER.

    That said; allow me to post this VIDEO of the PRAISE received by the DISTINGUISHED and RESPECTED AMBASSADOR of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations, Camillo Gonsalves.

    Do not allow PARTISAN POLITICS, HATRED, JEALOUSY and/or ENVY be the DRIVING FORCE of your THINKING on a MATTER that we as VINCENTIANS should RALLY around our NATION on, courtesy of the matter between the PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations, Camillo Gonsalves, and what appears to be a racist New York City Police Officer.

    Posted by vincypowa | March 31, 2012, 13:35
    • And what, may I ask, does this have to do with the recent incident involving ambassador Gonsalves and the police officer which resulted in the ambassador being handcuffed?

      Posted by DWells | March 31, 2012, 22:50
  13. I support Ambassador Camillo Gonsalves!

    THE VIENNA CONVENTION AND THE UN HOST COUNTY AGREEMENT

    “The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations ensures that, at a minimum, any diplomatic agent enjoys ‘immunity from jurisdiction and inviolability in respect of official acts performed in the exercise of his functions.’

    “Article 29 of the Convention, which deals with the issue of ‘inviolability,’ states: ‘The person of a diplomatic agent shall be inviolable. He shall not be liable to any form of arrest or detention. The receiving State shall treat him with due respect and shall take all appropriate steps to prevent any attack on his person, freedom or dignity.’

    Posted by Amory Lashley | March 31, 2012, 15:39
  14. VINCY IN BAD SHAPE: This is America you don’t show your ID to anyone you not sure, you never know who want to identify who you are personally and then put a bullet in you. The officer cross his boundaries by even shouting to Gonsalves because their are not the ones who identify who enter the building especially after he arrive from a diplomat vehicle. Did the officer see Gonsalves arrive from the diplomat vehicle (maybe not) he may have been distracted at that moment and only see when he pass the barricades, so to cover his ass he wanted to identify him before he enter the building because he the office would have to answer where did you first see him if anything happen.

    VINCY POWA, that only show you how vincy people think, Mitchell words are coming through when he said vincy people have breadfruit mentality because it is showing right here. How more f—king stupid vincy people could be who rallying around the white man them and throwing their own black man in the gutter.
    The policeman going to get his stupid ass sack, he had no right to continue going after Gonsalves after seeing the security guards inside the lobby allow him to pass far-less touching him, the policeman lucky Gonsalves did not carry a gun and shoot his ass for attacking him from behind.

    Anyone in Gonsalves position may have done the same thing after entering the building in that way for 4 1/2 years and having no contacts or problems with the police officer station outside of the building including having to identify yourself to them, and to hear someone pulling my attention as saying. ‘Hey You! You! What the hell do you think the Goddamn barricades are there for?” we as vincy people we answer when others relay to us as such, but in america that is consider an insult getting the attention of someone by using such words. I still get into trouble at work for such because i am a damn vincy to the heart and can’t adapt the stupid American way yet.

    It only shows that the police officer did not get the training he should have received from his supervisor what he can do and cannot do at that post. He was just showing off his stupidity going after Gonsalves even after he enter the building passing the high security guards and reaching the elevator.

    Posted by kyshit | March 31, 2012, 16:35
  15. This is what happen when we think that we are too big to answer a COP( In a foreign land). If he was rude to you, my God simply tell him who you are, and show him some ID. It seems to me that you did not show him your ID Sir. Ambassador am sorry, but stop taking shortcut.

    Posted by BIRD | March 31, 2012, 19:45
    • When you don’t know your rights you would of course lap your tail like a dog and say “yes massah”. But when you know your rights you will knock a “Camillo”.

      THE VIENNA CONVENTION AND THE UN HOST COUNTY AGREEMENT

      “The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations ensures that, at a minimum, any diplomatic agent enjoys ‘immunity from jurisdiction and inviolability in respect of official acts performed in the exercise of his functions.’

      “Article 29 of the Convention, which deals with the issue of ‘inviolability,’ states: ‘The person of a diplomatic agent shall be inviolable. He shall not be liable to any form of arrest or detention. The receiving State shall treat him with due respect and shall take all appropriate steps to prevent any attack on his person, freedom or dignity.’

      Posted by wadadlineko | April 2, 2012, 13:25
  16. Well all you supporters of infant Gonsalves, if he went before a jury he would get the death penalty, he is as far in the wrong as is possible, his original own words prove just that.

    Then all you low class Marxist scum, rubbish people of the lowest denominator change his words.

    Everyone who reads this post recognises you as liars of the UNITY LIARS PARTY.

    I suggest you all get back to your joint association of ‘cottaging’ together, that’s where you belong, why let the side down by wandering off into something that is out of your depth.

    Posted by Peter | March 31, 2012, 20:14
  17. People are always talking about a diplomat has diplomatic immunity. But the most important part of being a diplomat is having and knowing how to conduct oneself “diplomatically” (Using or marked by tact and sensitivity in dealing with others). Tact, and knowing how to deal with people in sensitive situations, and in this regard i can say that our Camillo failed. If he has shown his id none of this would have happen, and as old people say, “no one didn’t have to hear we business a road”. But i think is pretty clear now that St Vincent has lost the good reputation that we have always had. The damages that this PM and his regime has caused to St Vincent are things that are not easily undone, and some of them like the lost of reputation can never be undone.

    The reason why St Vincent is going down hill is because people who don’t care about other Vincentians, are always happy to see your fellow man suffer, agreeing to every bad thing that the PM and his people do is the reason why our country is going down. The Prime Minister might behave bad, and abuse people who didn’t support him, but if people didn’t support him doing those things he wouldn’t have had the power that he have now, and he would have had to change his ways. Shame on you people for letting one man, turn our country into a known place for all the wrong reasons. like the saying go “if you don’t beat your kids at home, police would beat them in the street”. I am sick and tired of these people making our country shame. And no body is jealous of Ralph Gonsalves so just stop with that nonsense, the PM is the biggest public servant in our country, he is not a king or a god,he works for me, i do not work for him. And believe me, when he leaves office he is going to jail for a lot of the things that he did, that is why he is building those nice air conditions jails.

    4 years negative growth. Am just going to leave it at that. And the people on hear who is paid by him to run his propaganda machine, pat yourself on the back your children and grand children are going to reap the rewards of the way you sell your soul for money and power. Just say your sorry Camillo, don’t mess up America for us like your father did for Vincentians in Canada.

    Posted by blane | April 1, 2012, 02:23
  18. BLANE, go and take your MEDICATION because you’re just SPEWING a BUNCH of PARTISAN POLITICAL FART.

    Posted by vincypowa | April 1, 2012, 03:36
  19. BLANE, spot on

    Posted by Peter | April 1, 2012, 07:37
  20. I HAVE NOT HEARD ONE SOUL MENSION THAT ISREAL MISSION IS IN THE SAME AREA AND WITH ALL THE TENSION BETWEEN ISREAL AND IRAN ,THE POLICE WAS NOT TAKING ANY CHANCES , SORRY THAT IS HAPPEN THIS WAY BUT CAMILLO COULD OF DEFUSE THIS SITUATION BEFORE IT GET WHERE IT DID, ALL HE HAD TO DO IS SAY WHO HE WAS AND THEN TELL THE POLICE THAT,S NOT THE WAY YOU ADDRESS PEOPLE AND IT COULD HAVE FINISH, THE OFFICER SAID HE LOOK LIKE A MIDDLE EASTERN TERROIST, PLEASE READ RUITERS NEWS TO GET THE OFFICER STORY , HOPE THIS WILL BE SETTLE IN THE BEST INTREST OF SVG.

    Posted by UNITY FOR SVG | April 1, 2012, 08:27
  21. Vincypowa, OFFICER ZIMMERMAN is Black or white?

    Posted by BIRD | April 1, 2012, 11:50
  22. BIRD, there is no “OFFICER ZIMMERMAN.”

    The SAADISS person was playing the FOOL on a SERIOUS MATTER.

    ZIMMERMAN is the person who KILLED the YOUNG BLACK BOY in FLORIDA and still has not been ARRESTED.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/edward-wyckoff-williams/trayvon-martin_b_1387256.html

    Posted by vincypowa | April 1, 2012, 12:26
  23. UNITY OF SVG, I am AMAZE at your NAIVETY and PLAIN IGNORANCE.

    How is a MIDDLE EAST TERRORIST is SUPPOSED to LOOK?

    People who are READING your and other bloggers posts are probably just SHAKING their HEADS at how GULLIBLE and UNPATRIOTIC you guys are.

    Again, this is the AMBASSADOR of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the UNITED NATIONS. In other words, he is the REPRESENTATIVE of this NATION and the people of this NATION at the UNITED NATIONS.

    That said; what do you think would have happened if CAMILLO was the AMBASSADOR of ISRAEL to the UNITED NATIONS and that OUT OF ORDER police officer had done all that took place at the PERMANENT MISSIONS BUILDING?

    Some of us are ACTING like we’re still SUFFERING from what is called THIRD WORLD MENTALITY.

    We’re forgetting that Camillo is not only an AMBASSADOR, but he is also a LAWYER, so he knows his RIGHTS as it pertains to the ACTION and BEHAVIOR of this OUT OF PLACE cop.

    We need to WAKE UP as a PEOPLE. It seems like we’re still so UNINFORMED and are still SUFFERING from a SERVILE state of mind.

    Posted by vincypowa | April 1, 2012, 12:44
  24. Blane you just an idiot like Peter, even if you all asked your leaders (NDP) for a job they won’t higher you because they will just look at you all and see idiot mark in your forehead.

    Posted by kyshit | April 1, 2012, 18:07
  25. DIPLOMAT; n. 1. a person appointed by a national government to conduct official negotiations and maintain political, economic, and social relations with another country or countries. 2, a person who is tactful and skillful in
    managing delicate situations, handling people, etc.

    RANDOM HOUSE DICTIONARY of the ENGLISH LANGUAGE – second edition.

    Diplomatic immunity carries with it “diplomatic attitude and maturity’. Camillo Gonsalves is anything but a diplomat.
    His daddy should never have given him the job. He should be recalled immediately, or better yet posted to Syria so that he will be under the watchful eyes of your dictator friend. – All a fart in a gale of wind

    Posted by Dr. Bernard Mills | April 1, 2012, 19:44
  26. Mr. Bernard Mills, the AMBASSADOR of St. Vincent and the Grenadines wasn’t DEALING in DIPLOMACY. He was DEALING with an OUT OF PLACE cop who didn’t FOLLOW PROTOCOL that I am sure his SUPERIORS BRIEFED him on.

    That said; Camillo has already PROVEN too many times to count that he was QUALIFIED for the JOB as AMBASSADOR of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Moreover, he is HIGHLY SKILLED in the ART of DIPLOMACY as the many diplomatic relations we have ESTABLISHED with other countries will confirmed.

    Those diplomatic ties have led to many deals that have BENEFITED this NATION TREMENDOUSLY.

    Moreover, his work at the UNITED NATIONS has been STELLAR as the many accolades seen in the video will demonstrate.

    Camillo has been the most qualified individual, by far, that this or any GOVERNMENT has ever sent to REPRESENT this BLESSED NATION, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as its PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE to the UNITED NATIONS. His ACCOMPLISHMENTS at the UN on behalf of SVG and the United Nations are UNMATCHED by previous ambassadors that we have sent there.

    By the way, Mr. Mills, you’re the TREASURER of the OPPOSITION PARTY, the NDP, of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, so we know where you’re coming from with your PARTISAN PRATTLES.

    See you around, BUB.

    Posted by vincypowa | April 2, 2012, 02:11
  27. Deputy Police Commission Paul J. Browne said Friday that the ambassador ignored the officer’s request for information and resisted being handcuffed. “This was a high-security post,” Browne said. “The officer had an obligation to stop that individual and establish who he was.”

    I cannot understand why these ULP APOLOGISTS are making all these excuses for Camillo…Camillo blundered in a most hazardous manner, he miscalculated the gravity of the situation. I am not joking when I say, Camillo could have been shot with some sense of justification.

    To all those who are quoting the Vienna Convention on diplomatic immunity…lets not forget that the convention also states,”without prejudice to their privileges and immunities, it is the duty of all persons enjoying such privileges and immunities to respect the laws and regulations of the receiving State.”

    As President Obama once said…let this be a teachable moment. I hope Camillo has learn something from this incident. And I hope all the ULP APOLOGISTS LEARN SOMETHING TOO, like when to shut up!

    Posted by Saadiss | April 2, 2012, 05:09
  28. KYSHIT, no one in the world would employ you because of your continual misuse of the English language.

    Doc Mills, I wish you would intercede more often, it gets really boring here with all these Marxist idiots.

    I don’t think that your point about Syria is the best idea, he should be sent to Iran where he could go to Christian prayer groups and support the Christians there. Remember the Iranians have a great record for locking up diplomats. They don’t care a sod about diplomacy.

    Posted by Peter | April 2, 2012, 09:05
  29. The ole people say “pigs mek piglets”

    Posted by Belmar | April 2, 2012, 11:19
  30. The govt needs to send someone with diplomatic skills like Hans King to be ambassador to the un,and bring Camillo home to heal.Hans King is press secretary he sets the pace in terms of public relations,or they coud send Seon to inform the members of the united nations that Ralph Gonsalves rule the world,a fact that 99.99999% of the world seems to be unaware of.Or Camillo could be exchanged with another Gonsalves,meetings will go like this, “Members of the general assembly,give me some money please”

    Posted by Belmar | April 2, 2012, 11:43
  31. Where did the bad policeman touch you?

    Posted by Belmar | April 2, 2012, 14:17
  32. I suppose that if this was a very “loud and obnoxious” traffic stop that he would have told his driver to peel out, leading to a pursuit on the streets of New York City. If it appears to any police officer across the United States that you are attempting to evade authority, they will hunt you down and put you in cuffs. You may even be shot if it appears to the officers that you are reaching for something. You can also be tazed if you are resisting. Gonsalves should have listened to the officer and comply and then take up the issue at a later time with the relevant authorities.

    Do you think that a police officer that assigned to that post is given a photo of each and every diplomat so that he knows who they are to let them through? Whether or not the police officer was abusive, the ambassador is still wrong. The law is not for him to take into his own “hands” so that he can walk off on the officer. It doesn’t work so, immunity or not.

    Posted by Bagga | April 2, 2012, 15:54
  33. I have never ever come across such NAIVE and IGNORANT individuals, who called themselves VINCENTIANS, in my life until now. Then again, I have. However, I did not know it was this EXTREME.

    The sad part is; it is the ones who like to claim that they are EDUCATED who can be seen making posts that just exposes their NAIVETY and IGNORANCE.

    I wonder if I am the only one who is not SURPRISE by the statement made by the New York City POLICE DEPARTMENT.

    The SAD part is, some of these so-called Vincentians LIVE in the STATES for donkey years, thus knows the well documented HISTORY of that POLICE DEPARTMENT, when it comes to PROTECTING their OWN, especially against WRONGDOINGS by WHITE POLICE OFFICERS against African Americans, yet they COSIGNED the EXPECTED RESPONSE coming from that POLICE DEPARTMENT without BLINKING.

    It is just sad reading so many gullible and ignorant statements made by these so-called educated Vincentians on this issue. Frankly, an ordinary BLACK MAN, with NO EDUCATION, on the STREETS of New York City has more COMMONSENSE and WISDOM than what I have seen DISPLAYED on this BLOG by these so-called educated Vincentians.

    These fellas are even WILLING to throw Ambassador Gonsalves under the bus, even though the OUT OF PLACE POLICE OFFICER has WRONGLY ARRESTED and ABUSED the UPSTANDING the HIGHLY RESPECTED PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE to the UNITED NATIONS, Camillo Gonsalves. Have you ever seen SUCH UNPATRIOTIC HUMAN BEINGS in all your LIFE, as DISPLAYED by some individuals who have the NERVE to calling themselves Vincentians?

    Seriously, did anyone think that this New York City Police Department was going to SUPPORT the AMBASSADOR of St. Vincent and the Grenadines over that of their OWN OFFICER and COUNTRY, especially when they know this case will make their DEPARTMENT LOOK BAD and may lead to LEGAL action taken against it?

    How GULLIBLE can some of us be?

    Non-Vincentians who are reading their posts are probably WONDERING if the MAJORITY of Vincentians are this UNPATRIOTIC and NAIVE. No, this is not the case.

    What you are seeing on display by this pathetic group of individuals is an INABILITY to RISE ABOVE petty partisan POLITICS, mixed with a touch of ENVY, JEALOUS and HATRED for the father of the Ambassador, for the BETTER GOOD of the NATION called St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

    These CHARACTERS on this BLOG are even WILLING to SOIL their own COUNTRY if it means it will LEAD to the AMBASSADOR that REPRESENT their INTEREST at the UNITED NATIONS looks bad.

    They are truly a sad and pathetic group of individuals.

    Posted by VINCY POWA (@VINCYPOWA) | April 2, 2012, 16:15
  34. Here is an article on the DEPUTY POLICE COMMISSIONER of NEW YORK CITY that the GULLIBLE and so-called EDUCATED VINCENTIAN, who appears to be SUFFERING from a SERVILE state of MIND, has sided with over the PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE of his BIRTH NATION of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

    http://gawker.com/5879174/nypd-spokesman-paul-browne-is-a-lying-liar

    Again, it is just SAD READING the posts of persons who call themselves VINCENTIANS, because they’re a DISGRACE to this BLESSED NATION.

    Do you think if Camillo was the AMBASSADOR of Barbados or Jamaica that the CITIZENS of those NATIONS would been ACTING like these PATHETIC INDIVIDUALS who call themselves VINCENTIANS?

    It would have NEVER EVER HAPPENED.

    That said; this SONG is MOST APPROPRIATE at this time

    Again ,CAMILLO GONSALVES is the AMBASSADOR of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the UNITED NATIONS. In other words, he the REPRESENTATIVE OF OUR NATION and OUR PEOPLE at the UNITED NATIONS.

    Where is your NATIONAL PRIDE, VINCENTIANS??

    Posted by vincypowa | April 2, 2012, 18:27
  35. kyshit:
    “Blane you just an idiot like Peter, even if you all asked your leaders (NDP) for a job they won’t higher you because they will just look at you all and see idiot mark in your forehead”.

    You see that’s the problem with you people, everybody always thinking about themselves and handouts from the government. I am self employed and have always been. I went from building custom computers, to making websites, and i Just started a voip business that sells long distance calling at competitive rates. I am not a millionaire and i have never taken government handouts but i have a comfortable life, i live in Houston with my wife and i am currently in St Vincent, because i came for a funeral and will be returning to America in a few weeks time. So i do not want any jobs from Eustace, and i don’t know what gave you the idea that “i am ndp”, i do not belong to any party, i am basically using my political right to choose my leaders and slap them when they get out of line. The party that i support is the “St Vincent and the Grenadines party” that’s it. If a dog was to run against Ralph right now in an election,i would rather vote for the dog, than to vote for a man that looks down on the very people who he serves.

    Ralph is not a genius, anyone with half a brain can see his tactics from a mile away and they are just sickening.And if you think that this man is a good leader then you, need help. These are the stupid things that he are doing.

    1.He is Keeping out Redjet from landing in St Vincent to and keep airfairs artificially expensive with Liat so Vincy people would believe the airport is the only way out.

    2.He used the money at the NIS to make high interest investment so he could skim some off the top for himself and his friends, but he was conned by a company that was going under, and the rates they were offering him were so high, that even a monkey would know that they were full of bullshit. (he should have invested the NIS money in a high interest savings account and collected 6 percent interest, but he destroyed the bank and didn’t know how to do this, on a large scale

    3.He uses the Fuel surcharge on the electricity bills to help payoff for debts his government and maybe build the airport (don’t even get me started on that airport, their are so many wrongs about that project that it would take me all day to list).

    4. Destroyed the banana industry so that he can sign on with Armajaro to turn our country into modern indentured cocoa laborers, he doesn’t care because i am sure that he is being paid handsomely to turn us into modern slaves.

    These are all facts, and they are not even hard to figure out, i am not talking about any party politics. I am talking about a man who has run our country into the ground. He is not going to be the PM forever, but we still have to payback that 150 million, that came about from the sale of the NCB bank. The man needs to go leave office and go to jail to retire for the things he has done to good people in St Vincent.

    Posted by blane | April 2, 2012, 18:35
  36. The reason why i went into such great lengths to talk about Ralph Gonsalves, is because i want people to know where Camillo came from. This issue is not simply an issue between two people, it’s between two countries and according to how our government deals with this delicate situation, Vincentians who are looking to emigrate to the US, might find it harder to get a visa.Ok you could have showed your id and this would not have happened, but since it did happen, just try to be more diplomatic in the coming days, so St Vincent can put this nonsense behind us.

    Posted by blane | April 2, 2012, 18:45
    • @Blane: In my own admitted ignorance, do tell how this particular issue will affect Vincentians from getting visas? Is this the same level of concern we have as a people with the increased level of “refugee applications and/ claims of violence in neighboring Canada?

      Posted by Vincy Lawyer | April 3, 2012, 18:06
  37. BLAINE, EVERY TIME U make a POST U EMBARRASS yourself and you EMBARRASS St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

    I will PROVE my POINT by asking you, how is Dr. Gonsalves KEEPING REDJET from LANDING in SVG?

    By the way, do you know that REDJET is no LONGER on the AIR?

    Moreover, what 150 millions are you talking about that…uhm…you know what, I am not going to BOTHER, because you DO NOT HAVE A CLUE of what you’re TALKING about. I will let you stay IGNORANT, because it seems like the NDP supporters enjoy being in that STATE of MIND.

    That said, you wouldn’t know what facts is if it slaps you in the FACE.

    Posted by vincypowa | April 2, 2012, 22:00
    • Look its obvious that this incident, here’s a suggestion: You live in New York, why don’t you get some of your friends and go protest the NYPD. Show you disgust for the issue, do something positive rather than being on here cussing everyone who holds a different view of the opinion. Here’s you chance to do something that’s actually worthwhile.

      I also noticed that you posted an article about Paul Browne being a liar. It’s nice to know you and Camillo have never lied in your lives.

      Posted by vincy in bad shape | April 3, 2012, 11:20
  38. Yet another case of White on White crime

    Posted by Joe | April 3, 2012, 11:55
  39. VINCYPOWA, just shut the hell up. Do you honestly think I am going to discuss anything with you, about Ralph and your going to be honest about anything. The things i said aren’t even a secret, if you don’t even know those basic things then you don’t even know who your supporting and that is even more sad.

    Posted by blane | April 3, 2012, 16:17
  40. Redjet is just running into issues in the Caribbean, big deal every company have issues. When you have governments in the region with their airlines (St Vincent has stakes in Liat, Trinidad have their arline). Don’t forget that Ralph started his own supermarket them to run the Viera and Grave out of St Vincent. And go research why St Vincent had to sell our bank (NCB) and you would know why St Vincent now owes over 100 million plus interest, that’s about 150 million. VINCYPOWA, when you come talk to me, talk with facts and maybe then people would take you seriously, don’t come with your “me nah tun back rubbish”, that shit is not going to fly with me.

    Posted by blane | April 3, 2012, 16:39
  41. Governments in the Caribbean engage in Anti-competitive behavior. I own a small business so i know full well what that stupid nonsense would do. First of all, the Government most important job is the economy and we all know that Ralph destroy our economy. Job creation is also what the Government is their to do,our prime minister started his own supermarkets to compete against private sector supermarket (hahahahah, if that isn’t the height of stupidity, i don’t know what is), to compete against the same businesses that have been offering jobs to Vincentians for years. So when you have an idiot like this running your country, and he has a stake in Liat and another airline wants to compete with him, What do you think he’s going to do?. A man who got the phone cut off for all emergency services in St Vincent and said he did it on purpose (hahaahah, everything this guy does and says is a joke). How bad you think a country is, it’s always worst, we are only going to hear about the rest of this man’s foolishness when the other government takes office. A bunch of paid workers like VINCYPOWA aren’t fooling anyone anymore just relax, you and your Prime minister have done quite enough, time for a vacation.

    Posted by blane | April 3, 2012, 17:05
  42. As an Attorney, it really upsets me that Vincentians (home and abroad) take every possible issue and turn into into petty partisan politics. The fact of the matter is simple and I wont waste time going over aspects of the Convention, neither will I bore the populace with pillars of international law save and except the following: This issue is bigger than any political party. It goes to the core of diplomacy and sovereignty. It can have lasting impact on the inviolability of diplomatic relations and the respect that ought to be meted out to our diplomats. As Vincentians, we need to remove the proverbial wool from our eyes and realize that if we stay silent on this issue that it sets a negative precedent.

    Do I believe that an “eye for an eye” is the best option to resolve this particular conflict? NO, however, neither do I agree with staying silent. I really hope that all authority figures on both sides of the fence are able to amicably resolve this conflict in the spirit of good governance.

    May peace reign from shore to shore!

    Posted by Vincy Lawyer | April 3, 2012, 17:58
  43. @Blane: In my own admitted ignorance, do tell how this particular issue will affect Vincentians from getting visas? Is this the same level of concern we have as a people with the increased level of “refugee applications and/ claims of violence in neighboring Canada?

    Posted by Vincy Lawyer | April 3, 2012, 18:05
  44. For the sake of Diplomacy we call on Donkey Gonsalves to take a trip to Canada.

    Posted by Peter | April 4, 2012, 13:16
  45. This is very unfortune and show all signs of disrespect. Though you maynot press charges you must demand respect to the fullest.

    Posted by peggy brown | April 18, 2012, 17:18

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