The senate Select Committee commenced its hearing today after it was postponed last week at the request of the Opposition due to security concerns. This was because of the heckling of the PUP Senator, Eamon Courtenay, by a disruptive group of UDP supporters in the gallery led by UDP Party Chairman Alberto August and National Assembly Mace Bearer Brian “Yellowman” Audinett. Yellowman stoned a PlusTV cameranman, threatened to throw another cameraman over the balcony, and assaulted the Krem journalist as they recorded his unruly behavior. Today, PUP leader John Briceno explained their reasoning for requesting last week’s postponement.
Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition: We’ve been hearing that there have been some threats against senator Courtenay because it is obvious that as I said earlier that the UDP wants to go to great lengths to bring this senate inquiry to an end. That is what they want to do. We asked last week for there to be a postponement of last week just to calm things down because we realize that the UDP wanted us to respond, for us to take our people out here to support, not only senator Courtenay, all the senators including the social partners and we believe that the idea would have been that we have our people and they have their people and they were going to create a fight out there. Somebody in the UDP would have picked a fight with one of our people so that then they can use that as an excuse to end the inquiry. For us, it is of outmost importance to keep this senate inquiry going