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Thursday, September 2

Gonsalves: Outsiders in St Vincent politics

The Trinidad Guardian: "Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves is accusing two US businessmen of engaging in a smear campaign to destabilise his Government. This is allegedly taking place before announcement of an imminent general election there. In an open letter, dated August 24, and sent to Caricom Heads of Government and other Caribbean nationals, Gonsalves said the smear campaign involves the Opposition New Democratic Party (NDP).
According to Gonsalves, the US citizens, Dave Copps, a millionaire, who owns Pure Discovery Corporation, and Blake Burris of Dynamo Labs are working with the NDP to make false claims about St Vincent and the Grenadines. He said Copps owns a house in Bequia, one of the St Vincent Grenadines, and worked previously for the Pentagon, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Gonsalves said they have mounted a campaign called “Save Democracy for just $5.”"
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