By Aaron Humes: Speaker of the House of Representatives Laura Longsworth opened this morning’s meeting with a call for parliamentarians to take the lead in reflection on the toxic atmosphere of society and in particular both gender-based violence and violent threats on social media.
Citing the recent Kenzle Hulse matter and subsequent commentary, Speaker Longsworth lamented the atmosphere.
Later, both Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Leader of the Opposition John Briceño added their condemnation and commended the Speaker’s initiative.
The Opposition Leader specifically addressed the level of “entitlement” of those involved –Jumoke Castro, Kenzle Hulse and others – asking, “Who does this person think he is, to threaten someone and think he can get away with it?”
Stating that just condemning is not enough, Briceño called on the Police, DPP and Public Service Commission to take action against Castro, and gave his support to preparing legislation addressing cyberbullying.
The 16 Days of Activism may have finished, Briceño said, but acting against gender-based violence does not have an end – and it starts, he contends, at home and with parents teaching their children to avoid violence against women.
In response, the Prime Minister declined comment on Hulse as that is before the courts, but concerning Castro, his side shares the outrage and condemns that kind of language out of hand.
The P.M. does not know if there is indeed such a sense of entitlement, but declared that no such sense should exist.