Time For December 2nd Committee Extended

July 13, 2018

This morning [July 13] in the House of Assembly, Speaker Dennis Lister announced that the Joint Select Committee on the Events of December 2nd, 2016 will be extended for six months, and the Speaker also announced the appointment of Senator Robyn Swan to the Joint Select Committee, with Senator Swan replacing former Senator Andrew Simons.

Audio extract of the announcement:

The Motion to establish the Committee passed last year and it said, “Whereas at the gates of this House of Assembly a show of democracy descended into open conflict between concerned citizens of Bermuda, and those charged with protecting the very rights they sought to exercise, on December 2nd 2016;

“And whereas the Government having declared its intention to establish a Parliamentary Committee to look in to the events generally, including the decision-making and any directives of the Executive and the then Speaker of the House given to the Police, that led up to and precipitated the events on that day, including the deployment of the police in riot gear and the use by the Police of incapacitant pepper spray on the crowd of citizens assembled;

“Be it resolved that this Motion for the appointment of a Joint Select Committee to carry out the said Inquiry into the said events of December 2nd, 2016 be approved and Thereafter, pursuant to Part IV of the Parliament Act 1957, that a Parliamentary Joint Select Committee be appointed [1] to inquire into the events as aforesaid as thoroughly as may be; [2] to bring closure to this event by the making of all proper and necessary findings, recommendations and where required sanctions; [3] and to submit its report to the House of Assembly within three to six months.”

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  1. Redrose says:

    This is fast become nothing more than a witch hunt

  2. Justin says:

    When are they going to announce a Commission of Inquiry on Trevor Moniz and Michael Dunkley? Put up or shut up!!

    • Juicy says:

      For trying to expose the truth you mean? LOL…how about we don’t waste any more time and money on nothing and deal with real issues affecting our country..

  3. Rocky5 says:


    • Wahoo says:

      Exactly, the video clearly shows law breakers being encouraged and the police handling the situation the best way they could. The extension proves only that there is nothing of substance here.

  4. Ben says:

    I sincerely hope that the findings of this committee are made public. Expose to the sunlight, the strategy and planning that put those officers in a position where they were forced to decide to use pepper spray. The officers who actually sprayed the crowd were justified and yet were demonized by many on a certain ‘side’. Anyone who has an IQ above room temperature would know that close examination of the decisions of BPS Senior Management is where any blame might lay. Nobody ‘ordered the pepper spraying’ – that has been clear from day one. A thorough review of the decision making of those senior officers involved needs to take place with ALL documentation available – notes made during the planning process, diaries, emails, whatsapp messages, logs of phone calls, etc. What was considered? What contingency plans were there? Who was in charge of this? Any organization should welcome an open and transparent review (some would say one already took place) of an incident like this.

  5. So what says:

    They should have an inquiry to the millions of dollars they wasted during the tenure of the PLP. My my the many skeletons we would find.

  6. Ringmaster says:

    Extend for 6 months? So they can’t find anything yet to blame on the OBA so let’s keep it going. In other news, garbage is down to once a week and bus routes are down by hundreds because there is no money for garbage trucks or buses. $20 million recovery from Port Royal would buy many garbage trucks and buses to benefit Bermudians. Instead hire more Government people to do nothing. Way to go PLP.

  7. Stevie says:

    PLP. Clueless.