The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party today called on Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller and the National Security Minister Peter Bunting to move swiftly at condemning the threats made against prominent Roman Catholic Priest Monsignor Gregory Ramkisson and to ensure that the Police have in place the necessary security measures for his safety.
National Security Spokesman Delroy Chuck expressed shock at the threats, which according to a news report, is a result of his criticism of government over the killing by a Policeman of eight months pregnant 27 years old Kay-Ann Lamont in St. Thomas and the eviction of dozens of adults and children from a property on Duke Street in Downtown, Kingston recently.
Monsignor Ramkisson is the founder and head of Mustard Seed Communities, a major charity that aides thousands of vulnerable Jamaicans.
Mr. Chuck reminded all Jamaicans that each and every individual has a right to freedom of speech and should NOT be threatened into silence for publicly speaking on the many wrongs in our society, whether its affects the government, the opposition or any other group or persons. Mr. Chuck went on to state that the mere fact that a Clergyman is subjected to threats and calls to “retract” his statements brings Jamaica to yet a new low and is reflective of a hostile environment where the government and its supporters are very sensitive to even the slightest criticism.