The prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines was hospitalized after he was struck within the head by a stone throughout a protest towards a proposed vaccine mandate, with photos on-line displaying him bloodied by the harm.
PM Ralph Gonsalves met tons of of raucous demonstrators as he arrived at parliament on Thursday afternoon, with protesters gathering to denounce a invoice that might compel Covid-19 photographs for the Caribbean nation. Gonsalves’ workplace confirmed in a assertion that he was “bodily assaulted and wounded by opposition demonstrators whereas trying to enter the Home of Meeting.”
“Roughly 200 demonstrators, responding to a name to motion from the Chief of the Opposition, picketed the parliament and blocked the doorway to the constructing,” it stated, including that when the PM was unable to enter parliament in his car, he tried to take action on foot.
An opposition demonstrator then hurled a projectile on the prime minister, which struck him within the head, inches above the temple. The prime minister, bleeding profusely, was taken to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital together with his safety element.
Movies from the protest have additionally made the rounds, with Gonsalves’ safety crew seen escorting him away from the parliament constructing amid a chaotic crowd. Different clips additionally confirmed protesters elsewhere on the island, some lighting fires within the streets.
Whereas the prime minister’s workplace initially stated he would stay on the hospital “in a single day for remark,” the nation’s Finance Minister Camilo Gonsalves – the PM’s son – stated he could be flown to Barbados for additional remedy, in accordance with native media experiences.
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