Wednesday, May 21, 2014

BREAKING: Protest outside Vice Chancellor's Office, UWI Mona

Bain Supporters at UWI Gate, the tape across mouths
reads: "Freedom of Speech" (HT: Gleaner)
This just in from Facebook:
A protest has been launched at the University of the West Indies, Mona after Professor Brendan Bain was fired by the institution in relation to him giving evidence to the Belizean High Court. Several lecturers, medical doctors and students are now gathered outside the Vice Chancellor's office [--> update 1:10 pm Ja time, 2:10 pm EC time, front gate . . . were they told to move away from on UWI campus? . . . (4:15 am May 22, seems the VC offices are close to the gate, a new development since my time) ] at the institution, with many of them stating that they are protesting Professor Bain's "unjust dismissal", and claim that he had a "right to share medical information to a Court without threat of persecution and that all people have a right to receive such information from medical experts."
(The comments on the post are quite interesting.)

UPDATE, May 22 -- Gleaner video:

UWI Student Daniel Thomas, in the video, puts his finger on the pivotal point on the matter: 
If one can be fired from the Anglophone Caribbean's premier University for stating a scientific fact under oath to speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth in a Court of Law, what does this imply about freedom of speech, academic freedom, and freedom of conscience and worship, not only in that University and the Governments who sponsor it, but in the region as a whole?

I suspect, behind the scenes, UWI was facing threats to its funding using the network of homosexualist organisations as a front to give apparent legitimacy cover. END

PS: Surprise -- not -- account headaches at a suspiciously "convenient" time.