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PREMIER CONDEMNS VIOLENCE AGAINST PROTESTERS; SAYS FAMILY AND COLLEAGUES HAVE RECEIVED DEATH THREATS Featured

PREMIER CONDEMNS VIOLENCE AGAINST  PROTESTERS; SAYS FAMILY AND COLLEAGUES HAVE RECEIVED DEATH THREATS

What transpired in Bermuda last Friday was disheartening to see and unacceptable, says Premier Michael Dunkley.

"Let me be very clear, I don’t condone the violence that occurred against our citizens and was deeply troubled by what occurred.  In this regard I have requested to Government House and the Bermuda Police Service that an investigation into the events be conducted and a report be completed for the Government on what happened and why. 

"Our country is a democracy and no matter what our disagreements we must conduct ourselves in an appropriate manner.

"Democracy means we listen, debate and vote in the legislature. Any threat to that process is a threat to our way of life, how we govern this country and basic decent respect regardless of party or position. 

"The inciteful, divisive rhetoric from the Opposition over the past week has no place in our country. Any leader who encourages demonstration and obstruction to our democracy is clearly not a leader who respects the democratic process which allows the business of the people to be conducted in the House of Assembly.  

"As a Bermudian this island and our people will forever be the most important place in my heart. Never once, despite politics, despite the insults, despite the lies that my family, colleagues and I have been subjected and have endured has this been doubted…even when my own life has been threatened because of all the inciteful and violent rhetoric.

"This Government is always willing to communicate and dialogue with members of theOpposition and indeed all members of our community. 

"It is disturbing for the people of Bermuda that there are obstructionists that have put our beloved Bermuda into this position. Instead of moving forward for the country and allow a debate in the House they have incited violence, hatred and divisiveness within all of us.

"Let’s focus on the facts. The airport is a simple matter of financing. Rather than take out additional mass amounts of debt on top of the already existing Government debt, we are financing it in a way that a specific company bears the debt and risk of the project.

"The airport of Bermuda will always belong to Bermudians. It will not be privatized.

"The new airport terminal, which is badly needed, will create jobs for Bermudians during construction and during the operation once construction is completed. It is a vital investment in our infrastructure and community.  

"This is a good deal for Bermuda and we are prepared to debate it in the House as a vibrant democracy allows. 

"The Government is always engaged in a democratic process. Will the Opposition continue to thwart democracy by not allowing the process to take place?

"Bermuda deserves better."

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