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Venezuelan Embassy issues statement on Union Island incident

The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Kingstown has issued the following statement on the incident in Union Island on Sunday during which three nationals of that South American nation was killed during a reported shootout with local police. Vincentian Customs guard Othneil Whyte drowned during the incident. 

“In connection with the events that occurred on the afternoon of Sunday, June 3, 2012, on the Coast of Union Island, the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines wishes to express the following:

“1. On the evening of Sunday, June 3, 2012, the authorities of the Royal Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force communicated by telephone with the Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Mr. Yoel Perez Marcano, informing him that, at approximately 600 hours on Sunday 3 June 2012, there had been an incident between Coast Guard officials in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Venezuelan citizens who were crew members of a fishing vessel and that as a result of the confrontation which had occurred, several were dead and injured while others were arrested , the authorities offered to provide more information on Monday morning concerning the case aforementioned .

“2. On Monday June 4, 2012, in compliance with international protocols on consular proceedings concerning foreigners detained as part of a criminal investigation, there were several telephone conversations with the Office of the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Keith Miller and the Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, in order to cooperate with investigations of the event and to receive information on the full identification of those arrested, injured and dead, so that the relevant authorities and families in Venezuela can be informed. A Consular visit was made to the injured person, who is at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, the Captain of the boat and the four detained at the police station in Union Island. As for the bodies, we are awaiting authorization from the authorities to collect fingerprint information to be sent to the national territory in order to confirm the full identification of these persons.

“3. We share with the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the police authorities the fight to combat all forms of criminality, including fuel smuggling, illegal fishing and drug trafficking that under the existing “Agreement Between the Republic of Venezuela (today Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela) and the State of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on the Prevention, Control and Suppression of Illicit Traffic and Consumption of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances”, signed on February 03, 1993, in the city of Kingstown, support all inquiries from the Vincentian authorities aimed at the clarification of these unfortunate events and where all detainees meet an internationally recognized fair trial, with absolute respect for the right to humane treatment and other human rights .

“4. Finally, we deeply regret the death during these events of customs official Othneil Whyte, whose family we send our heartfelt words of sympathy and offer our respect and consideration in this painful time.

“Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

“Saint Vincent and the Grenadines”

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18 thoughts on “Venezuelan Embassy issues statement on Union Island incident

  1. Well crafted statement. A time of testing. Trusting that the good old ‘cartel-type’ response does not kick in.

    Posted by Jeannine James | June 7, 2012, 15:48
  2. I guess the NDPITES on this blog feel that information should have been released IMMEDIATELY as if RUNNING a MAUBY SHOP instead of a COMPETENT GOVERNMENT that follows PROTOCOL, especially as it relates to DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS, POLICE INVESTIGATION, NATIONAL SECURITY and LEGAL AFFAIRS.

    If the NDP SUPPORTERS want this BLESSED NATION to be a MAUBY SHOP operation, I suggest that they TRAVEL to Mars. Maybe they might find such an operation there. They can take the NDP with them as well.

    Posted by VINCY POWA (@VINCYPOWA) | June 7, 2012, 15:48
  3. VENEZUELAN EMBASSY, HAVN’T YOU BEEN RATHER QUICK TO ACCEPT THE VINCENTIAN POLICE VERSION?

    HAVE A LOOK AT THE COCAINE SEE IF ITS A COMMERCIAL AMOUNT. HAVE A LOOK AT THE GUNS, IF THERE ARE ANY.

    BY THE WAY OUR ALBA FRIENDS, HOW ABOUT THE $12 MILLION THAT YOU OWE US FOR CUBANS WAGES AT ARGYLE, HAVE YOU SWINDLED US OR IS IT TRUE THAT GONSALVES LIED ABOUT THE WHOLE EPISODE.

    YOU KNOW A NODS AS GOOD AS A WANK AS GONSALVES WOULD SAY, SO IF YOU CHOOSE NOT TO REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE WE ASSUME THAT GONSALVES HAS LIED AGAIN. BECAUSE THAT IS THE MOST LIKELY REASON THAT YOU HAVN’T PAID. UNLESS THAT IS, YOU HAVN’T PAID BECAUSE CHAVEZ IS STILL PISSED OFF OVER THE WIKILEAKS EXPOSE, WHICH SHOWS GONSALVES AS A TWO FACED DWARF.

    I HEARED A LOT OF LAUGHING AT THE GEORGE TOWN POLICE STATION, SOUNDED LIKE A PARTY, HOPE THEY HAVN’T BEEN TESTING THE COCAINE.

    Posted by Peter | June 7, 2012, 16:02
  4. Now, this is what you call a DIPLOMATIC COMMUNIQUE. I can imagine all the grovelling to Chavez at the moment.

    Gonsalves probably chastising the officers on shooting these guys…here is my impression of the conversation between Miller and Gonsalves upon hearing the news:

    Miller…Am sar, Mr Prime Minister, am, am we just got word that our boys just shot some of Chavez people…

    Gonsalves: [speechless]

    Miller: Sar?

    Gonsalves…WTF do you mean,dey shot Chavez people…all yo out of y’ll !@#$%% mind?

    Miller:[silent]

    Gonsalves: wey this happen?

    Miller: down Union…am dey start to shoot first Sar…one we boy got a bullet…we had no choice…we had to protect we self..

    Gonsalves…but they are CHAVEZ PEOPLE…YOU DUMB@#$%…WEY YO MEAN PROTECT YOU SELF…IS THAT AIRPORT I TRYIN TO PROTECT…LAAWD A MERCY LOOK PON ME CROSS…WEY ME GWINE TELL HUGO..

    Miller: Am sar…

    Gonsalves: shut up!

    Miller: [head bow]

    Gonsalves: Look, don’t release nothing to the news people…lets get all the info and see how we can spin this @#%t

    Miller: Ok

    Gonsalves: Mek sure nobody talk to the media…and mek sure to tell all body not to give KENTON CHANCE ANYTHING HE COULD WRITE ABOUT…THAT BOY DOES PUT EVERYTHING ON THE INTERNET..PLUS HE GOT SOME FOLLOWERS LIKE THAT PETER, STEVE HUGGINS…DEY DOES BE TEARING MY … UP ON THE INTERNET…LUCKY AH HAV ME MINIONS THERE, LIKE ME FLOOR CLOTH VINCYPOWA TO DEFEND ME…

    Miller: yes sar, am sar, what to tell the family of the dead officer…

    Gonsalves: wey yo mean, he got shot in the line of duty…

    Miller: am sar…well, truth be told…our boy drowned…nah shot…

    Gonsalves: but you just say, that he was shot…wey yo saying

    Miller: well, that is the story we gwine tell the media…but we hear from one of the officer…he drowned

    Gonsalves…Ok,,,hear this…go call Kenton Chance…and tell him that story how our officer was shot and that is why we had to shoot back…if people read it on Kenton’s site…they gwine believe…Kenton is a very reputable reporter and folks will believe anything he reports…plus this will give us some time to get our @$%& together..

    Miller: Ok sar…

    Gonsalves: by the way, who guarding the residence tonite…ah feel like taking a 4 dey morning walk, again…the last time ah wasn’t properly prepare…this time ah have some blue pills ah gwine tek…it gonna be muddawuk!!…mek sure its a PYT…yo hear Mill Mill…

    Miller: yes sar.

    Posted by Saadiss | June 7, 2012, 18:58
  5. SAADISS, I hear COMEDY CENTRAL is LOOKING for a COMEDIAN to give a few played jokes before the MAIN ACT comes on STAGE to ENTERTAIN the crowd. Should I PUT IN a GOOD WORD for U?

    Posted by VINCY POWA (@VINCYPOWA) | June 8, 2012, 12:39
  6. VINCYPOWA, it seems SAADISS has left you virtually speechless again.

    Posted by Peter | June 8, 2012, 21:01
  7. SAADISS, you are becoming a respected clairvoyant, can you see if you can see a conversation between VINCYPOWER the cottaging snurger and DONKEY DUNG DONSALVES?

    Posted by Peter | June 9, 2012, 08:33
  8. YOU SHOULD ALL NOTICE THAT WE GET MORE INFORMATION FROM THE VENEZUELANS THAN WE GET FROM OUR VERY OWN, ALL DANCING, ALL SINGING, MINISTER FOR NATIONAL SECURITY.

    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ODOUR, IS IT SULPHUR? IS IT DONKEY DUNG? IS IT A LIAR? IS IT A LITTLE FAT MARXIST DWARF?
    OR MAYBE ALL THE ABOVE

    Posted by Peter | June 9, 2012, 16:57
  9. I would like to see Gonsalves dancing, either ballet ‘the Scrotum is Sweet’ or Nutcracker Suite’ or whatever its called. Or perhaps the Russian Cossack dance and the Cossack Marching song “Snezhochki”, “Beyond the Don River”

    Between dance and Chastushka, he could entertain the prisoners in his Gulag at BellIsle. According to him the prisoners love him, when he visited last week they applauded and cheered him.

    By the way can anyone say why Gonsalves and Maurice Bishops names appear in the released secret files in Czechoslovakia?

    Posted by Peter | June 9, 2012, 17:14
  10. I first visited the Eastern European theatre in the early post-communist era. The formerly classified files have some juicy commess on the wannabe marxist-leninist ‘workers union’ locals who went behind the Iron Curtain for supposedly TRADE UNION meetings. The U.S.S.R. files, and others in the Russian client states in the COMMUNIST EAST BLOC, shed quite some compromising records on the Vincentians who they saw, and often PAID, as their collaborators. And, I was assured that our income tax department NEVER HAD A CENT OF THESE COMMUNIST BUY-OUT monies REPORTED TO THEM. All the names are listed in the exhaustive files, particularly in PRAGUE and MOSCOW. A number of Western schools, media, and other agencies or think-tanks made copious copies. They are known.

    Posted by STEVE_HUGGINS | June 10, 2012, 18:03
  11. STEVE-HUGGINS, can we obtain some copy’s and publish them, an expose.

    Posted by Peter | June 11, 2012, 08:15
  12. STEVE_HUGGINS, and what does any of that NONSENSE has to do with the ARTICLE?

    Posted by VINCY POWA (@VINCYPOWA) | June 11, 2012, 08:57
    • Vincy Powa, are YOU THE GUY WHO DOES MISTAKE WADE “KOJO” WILLIAMS, FOR HIMSELF – – – at least RECENTLY ?!! Wow !

      Posted by STEVE_HUGGINS | June 14, 2012, 08:11
  13. THE WORD ON THE STREET TODAY IS THAT ONLY 1 KILO OF COCAIN WAS DISCOVERED.

    CAN SOMEONE CONFIRM THAT? BECAUSE IF ITS TRUE I WOULD CONDIDER IT A PLANT.

    Posted by Peter | June 11, 2012, 21:04
  14. Funny thing i do like saadis comedy. Its sad what happened i was there just a few feet away from the wharf before the crowd came running, when the black squad was there with the boat, when they were still shooting the unarmed people for what reason i have no idea but i decided to stay out of it and away from the wharf. Had no idea it was people they shooting. Four gun shots rang out, i thought they were fooling around, showing off maybe because of their pompous attitudes (Black Squad) . Men took part in beating these men, what happened i dont know but it should not have happened. I would just like to see the gun and the 40 year old cocaine they got from the ocean floor. And first of all, the report was wrong, the St. vincent coast guards were not there during the event, it was one black squad officers and the customs officer that died(God bless his soul) that took a speed boat and went out to the boat landed off on the fishing vessel and the speed boat returned to shore, what happened on that boat after that? I do not know but the police brought the boat to shore. What country do we live in? What happened to Human Rights? Do we treat people like animals? Isn’t this a democracy? We are the ones who are allowing this country to go down the drain, we took democracy and used it to start communism.

    Posted by littlebilly | June 13, 2012, 16:10
  15. VINCYPOWA, it is relevent to the article, its relevent to the behavior of the players, and its not nonsense its important.

    Posted by Peter | June 13, 2012, 19:48
  16. LITTLEBILLY, if what you say is true, there was one Black Squad officer and one customs officer, linked with my dubious information that there was only 1 kilo of cocaine found, we are in serious trouble.

    Where are the guns carried by the Venezuelans?
    How much cocaine was found?

    WE NEED TO KNOW NOW, WITHOUT A COVER-UP

    VENEZUELAN EMBASSY, CAN YOU GIVE US SOME MORE INFORMATION, BECAUSE WE ARE NEVER GIVEN ANY FROM THE GONSALVES REGIME.

    Posted by Peter | June 16, 2012, 08:28

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