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Prime Minister Gaston Browne has announced his intention to pursue legal action against Pearl Quinn-Williams, the United Progressive Party’s caretaker for St. John’s Rural North constituency, for alleged defamation.
The Prime Minister claims that Quinn-Williams held a placard during a recent protest in Dunbar’s that contained statements that defamed his character.
“I have taken the most blows of any prime minister in the history of this country, but there are times when certain actions have to be taken based on the fact that these people are deliberate. What they are trying to do is denigrate my character and dehumanize Gaston Browne…they say I am the most wicked and I am like Hitler, and I can deal with the majority of descriptions”, he said
Browne expressed his willingness to receive and consider constructive feedback and suggestions. However, he also clarified that if someone makes defamatory statements about him, they will face consequences and be held accountable.
The Prime Minister stated that he had been advised not to pursue legal action against Quinn, but he said the situation had escalated to a point where it could not be ignored anymore.
Browne emphasized that it’s time to take action and ensure that those who engage in defamatory behavior are held accountable for their actions.
“If you want to say the government is corrupt, fine, but if you want to put my name to anything illegal, then I must defend my name. I don’t see why I have to allow these people who are trying to depose our administration to go scot-free,”
Browne said he also intends to sue all media houses that carried the photo of the placard.