Following is the statement issued by the President of the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT), Marvin Andall on the controversial Coronavirus Bill that has angered Grenadians who took protest action in an effort to call for its total withdrawal by the Keith Mitchell-led government:
The Grenada Union of Teachers is deeply concerned about the Covid-19 Control Bill as being proposed by our government. We are of the considered view that it strikes at the heart of our fundamental rights as guaranteed by our Constitution.
We have seen this COVID pandemic used by governments in different parts of the world to rob citizens of their rights and freedom. It has happened in Hungary, Jordan, Yemen, Iran and Morocco – this should not happen in our beloved country.
It is obvious that the COVID pandemic has brought a cloud of darkness over many nations, and democracy dies in darkness. It is our view that there are provisions for a state of emergency in our Constitution.
Furthermore, The Public Health acts makes provisions for dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the event that these legal frameworks are not adequate, the government can consider amending The Public Health act to provide for any deficiency therein.
The government should not contemplate the harsh measures as outlined in the Covid-19 Control Bill.
We call on all freedom loving citizens to show urgent concern. We call on all citizens to let your voices be heard in defense of democracy.
We appeal to our Parliamentarians to listen to the voice of the people.
Long live democracy!!!