Report of the Duffus Commission of Inquiry into the Breakdown of Law & Order, and Police Brutality in Grenada

Part III

The Events of November 18, 1973

Paragraph 97. - An Examination in Detail [Part 7] - The Evidence of Anthony Waldron

97. Anthony Waldron, alias "Anton," (about whose record reference has already been made in paragraphs 69 and 70) assumed duty as a police aide on Saturday, November 17, 1973. He was recruited that Saturday by Belmar at the Grenville police station with about 50 other men. They all remained on duty the Saturday night and, with a larger number, also worked at Grenville on Sunday, November 18, when he assumed duty at about 1:45 p.m. (13:45).

When he left the station that day he was detailed for duty at Bhola's residence with other police aides and policemen. There he saw a crowd around Bhola's premises and heard gunshots "from the top in the back of Bhola's premises." Belmar instructed the policemen and some police aides to surround the building.

Waldron remained in the street and saw policemen come from the back of Bhola's place with some men, including Whiteman and [Maurice[ Bishop, and took them towards the police station. According to Waldron, after Whiteman and Bishop were taken away he remembers Kenrick Radix asking- "What they arrest these men for?" - His recollection is that this occurred before Radix went into Bhola's house.

Belmar asked Bhola to put out the men who were upstairs. Bhola refused. Belmar sent to the station for a loud hailer and, using it, he again asked Bhola to put the men out.

Bhola again refused.

Belmar said that if Bhola would not put them out he would come for them.

After about 15 - 20 minutes Belmar went upstairs Bhola's premises.

About 10 minutes after Belmar and the three men, including Radix and Austin, came downstairs. Belmar told the police aides, including Waldron, not to touch the men. The evidence of the witness then continued -

A.    Then, when Mr. Belmar said nobody touch them we all were standing in the street and he walked down from upstairs, he came down to the last treader of the platform.
Q. Yes.
A. Then there were cars around Mr. Bhola's premises which were owned by Mr. Radix and the other men. He asked the police to search the cars.
Q. Who asked the police?
A. Inspector Belmar. The police did so and in result of that I saw they took them to the police station at Grenville.
Q. They searched the cars. Was anything found?
A. No, I did not saw they found anything in the cars.
Q. How many cars were searched, Mr. Waldron?
A. At about three to four cars was around the premises.
Q. Yes. And you were present there when the cars were searched?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. And after they searched what happened?
A. They took them to the Grenville police station.

According to Waldron, Belmar Arrived on the scene about the same time that he did. Actually, he saw Belmar arrive. Belmar had a grenade gun. Waldron said Belmar never walks without his gun. His impression was that at that time there was gunshot all around the place and "there was people, children and everybody." Upon his arrival Belmar directed that Bhola's building be surrounded.

Maurice Bishop, Selwyn Strachan and Unison Whiteman were led off to the police station before the cars were searched.

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