WPA laments lawless Regent St protests
July 1, 2004
The Working People's Alliance (WPA) regrets the recent protests which forced the closure of several city businesses, saying the struggle for the rule of law will only be advanced by lawful means.
A small group of protestors deviated from a picket planned by the People's Movement for Justice (PMJ) last week, creating havoc in the city when they tried to get store owners to close their doors to protest the murder of George Bacchus.
"The WPA extends its sympathy to all citizens going about their lawful business who were subjected to disruptive behaviour during the recent Regent Street episode," the party said in a statement issued yesterday.
The WPA said it has expressed its concerns to colleagues in the People's Movement for Justice (PMJ) and the opposition parties, adding that the party remains committed to a non-violent resolution of the issue.
In this vein, the party called for an immediate end to extra-legal killings, pointing out that the administration cannot escape its share of the responsibility for the descent into lawlessness.