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DH | Heyliger: Dutch victimisation against St. Maarten continues

HomeMediaDH | Heyliger: Dutch victimisation against St. Maarten continues

UP-Leader Theo Heyliger: ‘Volk moet St. Maarten terugeisen’
UP-Leader Theo Heyliger

PHILIPSBURG–The victimisation of St. Maarten by the Dutch Government continues in the latest appointment of a quartermaster for the so-called Integrity Chamber without a law even being in place, said United People’s (UP) party leader Member of Parliament (MP) Theo Heyliger.

That victimisation is extended also to Heyliger personally. “My name, my reputation and determination to do more for St. Maarten are constantly covered in a fog not of my doing,” Heyliger said. “This fog, covering not only me but St. Maarten, has been built by the Dutch as the premise for their ongoing call for the overseer chamber,” he continued.

“The Dutch have pumped money into an investigation team or as I call them the ‘gestapo’ of St. Maarten, to bring down anyone who they perceive to be standing in their way of making St. Maarten an outpost in the Caribbean for their civil servants and others who can’t be placed in Holland,” said Heyliger.

The UP leader said the way St. Maarten is dealt with is simply abusive. He said, “It is an abusive relationship. The Dutch could and should live up to their promises made to successive governments about debt write-off and assistance to boost the justice chain for example. What have they done instead? They have found yet another way to hold St. Maarten back from progress.”

Heyliger said 19 years after the death of his grandfather the late Dr. Claude Wathey, he and his family are still feeling the sting of the Dutch. “I have a target on my back. It is even my understanding that the Dutch intend to do all in their power to prevent me and those who really have St. Maarten at heart from making this country better,” he said.

By all in their power, Heyliger said he means the Dutch may well intend to target him the same way they did his grandfather.

The late Dr. Wathey was investigated and imprisoned after a lengthy investigation. “This, I am convinced, led my grandfather to his grave early. And for what reason? He was too progressive and had the betterment of his people at heart. I learned love for my island and the St. Maarten people from him. This is why I never backed down from public service,” said Heyliger.

“Maybe, just maybe, they intend to do the same to me as they did my grandfather. Like him, I want to see my people progress and not be reduced to what we were in the days of picking salt – breaking our backs under the sun for a colonial master,” said the UP leader.

“Dr. Claude Wathey was my grandfather. My connection to him is in my blood and the persecution he faced in life has now been transferred to me by the power who hold our country. I am his grandson. It is a fact that cannot change,” Heyliger said.

“St. Maarten is no longer a democracy. The people can choose for their elected officials and right after the Dutch and their local supporters decide who really should be in office. I keep asking ‘why have elections?’ Let the Dutch appointment their civil servants to administrate the country. Let’s revert to days of slavery and the decades after, before St. Maarten found her way to forge her own development,” the UP leader said.

Bron: Daily Herald

8 reacties

  1. @ Curacao Independiente,

    What good is it to be independent when you are completely incapable of governing yourself ?
    It is like a baby or child which wants to leave the house when it is 3 years old. The child is completele incapable of taking care of itself, not just because it is too young, but also because it lacks both knowledge and commitment. Children are all about playing, they don’t think about consequences. When the consequences become too tough or when they have no idea how to handle the situation, they run to their parents.
    This is exactly what Curacao has been doing over and over again. The local politicians see Curacao as a money tree where they need to grab as much money as they can. And when the island goes down the drain Holland has to come in and save the day.
    When Curacao becomes independent there will not be a safety line or even a safety net. Screw it up once and the citizens of Curacao can kiss their future goodbye. They will be left with just one option: ‘get their suitcases ready and move to the Netherlands’.
    So let’s be honest about this independence: ‘as long as we have politicians who only think about themselves and their families, there can never be independence’.

  2. Wathey was zo corrupt als de pest. Als je een bedrijf in St. Maarten wilde beginnen moest je hem eerst iets onder de tafel betalen, anders kon je het wel vergeten. Claude Wathey was de zelf gekroonde koning van St. Maarten. Samen met die andere maffiabaas van St. Maarten, waarvan ik de naam nu even ben vergeten, hebben zij zichzelf jarenlang verrijkt.

    He was not procecuted, convicted and jailed because he was wearing the wrong pair of shoes!

  3. ” … As long as St. Maarten and the other Caribbean islands who are part of Kingdom are not willing to become sovereign countries we are not democratic countries with real decision power of our own. This of course means that autonomous state of islands as Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten will always have political boundaries set by the Netherlands (a constitional monarchy), …”.

    And, matter of fact, the majority of the population of the islands themselves, choose this kind of bond. Does the word “referendum” not ring a bell somewhere? It’s understandable that a few, still bitter with the outcome, choose to infuse hatred and conflictive messages in order to create subordinate feelings in the weakest part of the population (who perhaps don’t understand the system) with the only hope to gain sufficient political power which later will come down to be just another way to feed their own personal ego and special interests. Mr. Heyliger is not and has never been and will never be an exception.

  4. The Netherlands can never call itself a democracy since we speak of the Kingdom of The Netherlands with as head of state a King. As long as St. Maarten and the other Caribbean islands who are part of Kingdom are not willing to become sovereign countries we are not democratic countries with real decision power of our own. This of course means that autonomous state of islands as Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten will always have political boundaries set by the Netherlands (a constitional monarchy), for a reason their still is a Governor representing the King interests on each island.

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