ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Chinese Ambassador Liu Hanming has been given 14 days to acquiesce to the “demands, concerns and recommendations” of the group of demonstrators calling themselves, Lone Wolf or face an intensification of their protest action “in a peaceful manner until our goals are achieved.”
The group of 12, in a letter to the ambassador levelled a number of accusations against the Baldwin Spencer-led administration and the Chinese government which it claims as being ignorant of the laws of Antigua & Barbuda and thus guilty” in the illegal loan agreement.
For the past five weeks, the group has been objecting to the purchase of a power plant from a Chinese company for US $47 million which they claim is overpriced and not new.
The Lone Wolf protestors charge government with contravening the Finance and Administration Act 2006 Section 97 and Schedule 3 and the Constitution Order 1981.
Further, the ALP supporters are accusing the representative of the People’s Republic of China of interfering in the internal affairs of the country, an act, they said, which led to their picketing of the embassy.
The group is advising the People’s Republic of China to retain “independent legal counsel to “advise on the laws of Antigua & Barbuda when giving the government loans.
“We ask that the People’s Republic of China show respect for the laws of Antigua & Barbuda in the future when assisting our government to get a loan.
“China should insist that future loans be presented before the Antigua & Barbuda Parliament to inform the citizenry of the matter. In addition China should insist that all public accounts be audited before any more loans are granted in the future as this would avoid debts being surreptitiously placed on the shoulders of Antiguans and Barbudans without their knowledge or consent through the Antigua &Barbuda Parliament.”
The letter was also copied to Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack, Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, Opposition Leader Lester Bird and Ambassador David Shoul.