Modi condemns ghastly attack on PM of St Vincent and the Grenadines

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New Delhi, Aug 9 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday condemned the physical attack on Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines by a protesting mob, and wished him a quick recovery.

In a tweet, Mr Modi said that he would miss the presence of Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves at Monday’s UN Security Council open debate on Maritime Security that is being chaired by India.

“I condemn the ghastly attack on Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Excellency, I wish you quick recovery and good health. We will miss your presence at the UNSC Open Debate on Maritime Security today,” PM Modi posed.

The Prime Minister of the Caribbean country St Vincent and the Grenadines was hit on the head by a projectile hurled during Covid-19 related opposition protests on Thursday and had to be flown to nearby Barbados for medical treatment.

On Thursday, Mr Gonsalves had to walk through a group of protesters to reach the entrance to Parliament after around 200 protesters blocked the entrance to the building. One of the demonstrators hurled a projectile which struck him on the head, just above the temple. He was taken to the hospital, bleeding profusely from the injury.

Later, Prime Minister Gonsalves, in a social media post, said that he is fine though he has suffered concussion and will have to be monitored over the next few weeks.

“I take this assault as not just an injury, but, also look to the intent of the throwing of this projectile at me. The intent was to cause grave harm, even death.

“It is equally culpable: The person who threw the stone as are those who instigate and continue to instigate disgraceful events that threaten my life and the lives of others…. We can have our disagreements but, to cross the line into violence is unacceptable in a democratic society,” he wrote.


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