Dominica. According to
Countryaah.com, rumors that the government was selling
diplomatic passports to foreigners who, for more or less
criminal reasons, needed immunity led to vigorous protests
in the capital Rouseau in February. Just a week after the
demonstrations began, violent riots erupted, and tear
gas-armed riot police were dispatched to the streets. Prime
Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, who dismissed the rumors as
false, accused the opposition of being behind the protests.
The aim, according to Skerrit, would be to overthrow the
government by force. Lennox Linton, leader of the United
Workers' Party (UWP), denied there was a link between the
peaceful demonstration held earlier in the day and the rally
that took place later in the evening. Linton condemned both
violence and vandalism as well as Skerrit's accusations.
In September, tropical cyclone Maria pulled over Dominica
with winds exceeding 72 meters per second. The weather
destroyed the roof of virtually all the houses on the
island, including the official residence of Prime Minister
Skerrit. Large parts of the capital Roseau were flooded and
for a few days the country was largely cut off from the
outside world. In the countryside, floods and landslides
caused about thirty deaths, and collapsed roads and bridges
meant that parts of the island became isolated. Many were
also left without clean water when the pipes were destroyed.
Nature also suffered great damage when the trees in
Dominica's tropical rainforest blew over. Agriculture was
hit hard when many banana crops, on which the country's
economy is heavily dependent, were destroyed.