Well-known social media video blogger Romnage Benjamin better known as ‘Shaq’ and ‘Modelcop’, who claims that he was arrested for videotaping, captured his own arrest during his live Facebook coverage of a ‘KITTITIAN LIVES MATTER peaceful walk’ event held on Friday 20th August 2021 on Church Street in Basseterre while using his phone.
Tear gas used by police and arrest of three individuals (a male and two females) are two of the widely public debated outcomes of a ‘KITTITIAN LIVES MATTER peaceful walk’ event held on Friday 20th August 2021 on Church Street in Basseterre, which has been labelled by police as an “illegal” gathering that took place.
The in-person order by police officers instructing food truck vendors in Basseterre to cease and desist operations has created a recipe for disaster for business owners-particularly those around Independence Square- who say they were not properly informed by government via a letter to do so. On Thursday 15th July 2021, this reporter spoke with two business owners who are licensed to work on the street in that area, namely Sheldon of Lifespan Organic Vegan Food and David Heyliger of Samantha’s Diner who said they were not aware of any new measure made about their line of work.
Opposition Senator Dr. Joyelle Clarke has criticised the public communication approach of the Harris-led administration in her questioning of "optics versus substance".
While the government side of Parliament on Monday 28th June 2021 saw the ‘ayes’ having it for a six-month extension of the State of Emergency (SOE), such came about in the aftermath of a lengthy debate during which the opposition side rejected comments by mover of the resolution Prime Minister and Minister of National Security Dr. Timothy Harris “attacking” the St.Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) amid the COVID-19 pandemic management.
Medical practitioner and Chairman of the opposition St.Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) Dr. Terrance Drew is of the view that Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris of the Team Unity government “continues to play politics with COVID-19.”
The response by policymakers of the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) to the depth of COVID-19’s effects on Caribbean economies needs to be urgently reviewed, particularly regarding debt.