Local calypsonian/musician, song writer, and political activist, Robert ‘Patches’ King/Knights, is among several persons who have been charged with violating the Public Order Act, stemmed from recent protest actions in Kingstown.
Knights made his appearance before Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court last week Friday. He is charged on two counts of being concerned in organizing a public procession/meeting, and two counts of knowingly taking part in that event, without notifying the Commissioner of Police at least 24 hours before; in contravention of Section 5(1) of the Public Order Act, Chapter 396 of the Revised Edition of the Laws of St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2009.
The charges stemmed from protest actions on July 29, and August 5, organized by the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP), and other organizations, and staged on the precincts of the vicinity of the House of Assembly, and around Kingstown.
Knights’ matter has been adjourned to January 11, 2022.
A number of other persons are facing similar charges, under the Public Order Act, including secondary school teacher Adriana King, Kenson King, General Secretary of the New Democratic Party (NDP), Tyrone James, and talk show host, Colin Grahame.
They all pleaded not guilty to their charges, and had their matters adjourned.