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The VI people ‘see the plot to destabilise the country’- Julian Willock

- said he has been told his harassment by police is about revenge
Former Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA) Mr Julian Willock, who has become a target of the United Kingdom (UK), has maintained that the allegations of human trafficking made out against him are bogus and that the Virgin Islands people are aware of this. Photo: GIS/File
Speaking on Reggae 360 hosted by King Zulu, left, and Ras Akuku, right, on Tola Radio VI on January 18, 2023, Mr Julian Willock (centre) said, contrary to what is being suggested, his VISA Waivers had nothing to do with him being Speaker of the House of Assembly at the time. Photo: Facebook
Speaking on Reggae 360 hosted by King Zulu, left, and Ras Akuku, right, on Tola Radio VI on January 18, 2023, Mr Julian Willock (centre) said, contrary to what is being suggested, his VISA Waivers had nothing to do with him being Speaker of the House of Assembly at the time. Photo: Facebook
FAT HOGS BAY, Tortola, VI- Former Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA) Mr Julian Willock has maintained that the allegations of human trafficking made out against him are bogus and that the Virgin Islands people are aware of this.

Mr Willock, who had publicly called out the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) for operating illegally in the territory, expressed his rejection of direct rule by the UK, has advocated for more local empowerment and self-determination, and has been critical of the UK-appointed governors over the years, announced on January 11, 2023, that he was detained, questioned and released without charges by six Caucasian UK officers on Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

The former Speaker, who had said he would make an announcement as to whether he would seek office in the 2023 general election, said investigators told him he was being probed on suspicion of Human Trafficking, “because of some VISA waivers I had obtained over the years.”

‘I had no special powers as Speaker to get VISA Waivers’- Willock

Speaking on Reggae 360 hosted by King Zulu and Ras Akuku on Tola Radio VI on January 18, 2023, Mr Willock said, contrary to what is being suggested, his VISA Waivers had nothing to do with him being Speaker of the House at the time.

Mr Willock was HoA Speaker from 2019 to 2022.

“It was way back, since 2014, we were receiving VISA Waivers under the policy, whether it was for friends of mine in transit in the BVI, whether it was people coming in for short-term associated with my company, whether it was friends of mine coming to spend some time, whatever it was, we have been receiving VISA Waivers from 2014 up until 2022, and it had nothing to do with me being Speaker, and no abuse of power because I was getting VISA Waivers even before I was the Speaker.

“I don’t know what special power I had as the Speaker, to get VISA Waivers.”

Mr Willock said the policy for VISA Waivers is clear and that there is an outline on how one obtains a VISA Waiver, “but we will see how it goes from here,” he said, adding that his lawyers have asked him to be very cautious about what he says.

The people ‘see the plot to destabilise the VI’

The former Speaker said he is confident that the people of the Virgin Islands are fully awake and are seeing clearly what’s going on in the VI.

“Again, the people of the Virgin Islands are fully awake, they see what is going on, they see the plot to destabilise the country. They see the plot to go after those who are fighting for their freedom, but I will leave that there.

“Whatever they come up with, it may sound legitimate to the ears of some but I think we all awake, and we all understand what oppression is, we all understand what racism is, we all understand what white supremacy is…” Mr Willock added.

‘Something doesn’t look right’ about arrest- King Zulu

King Zulu then said he had his suspicions about the matter.

“It looked rather strange though because like, usually, when you come at a man with such a charge, you sure you have evidence, you aint gone come and look silly. Look we send six men and now you had to let go of the man the same day. Something don’t look right about that.”

Is it about revenge?

Mr Willock then said his lawyer summed it up in one word, “He said this is revenge.”

He explained that his company has majority shares in Virgin Islands News Online and that some time ago the news entity had a story about the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force allegedly being engaged in human smuggling, “and here they are now a couple months later trying to pin the same thing on me.”

King Zulu replied: “I think you correct.”

One of the guests who subsequently joined in via telephone, agreed that the motives by the RVIPF seem to be one of revenge.

“If you look at what is going on and who are being targeted, any minute now they going come knocking on our doors Zulu, because we mouthing off,” King Sefu stated.

27 Responses to “The VI people ‘see the plot to destabilise the country’- Julian Willock”

  • janet (19/01/2023, 12:56) Like (14) Dislike (15) Reply
    This is a plot so we can loose confidence in our people
  • stop it! stop it! stop it! (19/01/2023, 13:05) Like (17) Dislike (6) Reply

    Self-praise is no praise at all.

    • @stop it! (19/01/2023, 14:05) Like (13) Dislike (10) Reply
      I agree stop all orders of council from existing worldwide because it is an oppressive action that does not reflect a modern partnership nor transparency nor good governance. Imagine a one-man and a few public officers in the UK can suspend a constitution whenever they do not like what is taking place in a country and rule it directly until it is to their liking. This is a slap in the face of democracy. This is a slap in the face of our judiciary system. This is a slap in the face of our financial services. This is a slap in the face of our democratic right to elect leaders. This is why the post of Governor must be made one where the people can elect the person for this post so they can also be held accountable in the same way the system must be allowed to hold all leaders accountable. No one should be above the law or be the law itself. This is WRONG WRONG WRONG.
  • Malarkey (19/01/2023, 13:06) Like (17) Dislike (6) Reply
    Hog wash!
    • To Malarkey (19/01/2023, 13:36) Like (15) Dislike (21) Reply
      Speak for yourself because the majority of people on the street see clearly that what he is saying is true.
  • HMMM (19/01/2023, 13:19) Like (11) Dislike (14) Reply
    The guy is correct. The slavery mill grinding slow but grinding still.
  • Time for positive action (19/01/2023, 13:21) Like (10) Dislike (9) Reply
    Let who have eyes, see. Any country that has any leader above the law and instead have them being the law is a country under a dictatorship. Currently the President of America and former President have to answer questions about concerns raised about their questionable actions. The system and not "a one man" or "a small group of senior public Officers" will determine the process and outcome. However, in the 21st century the Governor of the UK is above the law and will become the law by suspending a constitution and run a country how they see fit through two orders in council. This is dictatorship. In the 21st century when the Governor alone can call a COI & determine the terms of reference and the Commissioner for the COI and the staff, then this is dictatorship. To add insult to injury that no one can call a COI on him or have him or his performance or any subject under him looked into as he alone is over the police force and audit, and he alone can call a COI. THIS IS DICTATORSHIP!!! In the 21st century when a Governor can fail the police force especially in terms of development of the human capital & fail the public service but have these and more failures and questionable actions covered up by high handed actions geared at showing the apparent failure of others is not democracy. This is dictatorship. If the president of the USA is allowed to be held accountable by the law and the people, then so can the Governor and those UK senior public Officials over the Governor. Let us stop letting them play games with our minds and our future. It is time for balance. It is time for fairness. It is time to eliminate this kind of double standard. There should not be any discrepancy between how leaders are handled by the law and the judiciary and audit and the overall system. This is not a call to condone wrong but one to ensure equal rights and justice.
  • questions (19/01/2023, 13:24) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    Why is the Governor and his UK staff working in the BVI exempted from the law where the new register of interest act shows what all public officers and elected officials own or otherwise. Can't people see that this is a double standard. I am not a fan of Willock but what he is saying is factual.
  • Well organized (19/01/2023, 13:27) Like (11) Dislike (6) Reply
    The BVI should know that the UK will stop at nothing to get what they want and at all of our expense as this was clear when they used an 1880 COI Act (that was written by them) in the 21st century to champion their pre-arranged COI and recommendations to try to justify their actions. Slavery was abolished in the BVI in 1834 so the COI Act was only 46 years after slavery was abolished which is why it was outdated and not democratic because they wrote it based on their racist heritage which is evident behind their thinking when they passed this act in 1880. We need to take legal actions against this high-handed abuse of power. We agree that things need improving but not in a way that goes after who they hate whether justified or not and leaving themselves and who they love out.
  • Transparency from ALL (19/01/2023, 13:29) Like (10) Dislike (8) Reply
    The Governor is asking for what he did not give and is not willing to divulge. The governor selected the commissioner of the COI. The governor selected the terms of reference and approved them himself what the COI would look into and be guided by. The governor selected the UK lawyers & staff that assisted his UK selected COI Commissioner. Where was the independence and transparency in this? There is none! What tender process was used to secure the services of Commissioner of the COI? There was none. If the public officers and elected leaders did this on any project or enquiry most would have said it is not credible and a witch hunt, but we intend to give the governor a bye for these questionable conduct.
  • Check their history (19/01/2023, 13:33) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    You can never expect peace, calm, or fairness when dealing with the colonial empire that have deceived and destroyed countries far bigger than the BVI. Their history informs who they are and what to expect. They major in destabilizing countries but do it in a way like they are doing in the BVI now having us fight each other while their hands appear clean.
  • Really (19/01/2023, 13:36) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    You all are the ones doing the trafficking drugs and human. I am amazed how all these leaders are reading the elites script and no one understand it's all by design all planned. All over the world all same headlines
  • In Demand (19/01/2023, 13:39) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    We demand the report from the lawyer man in UK Cox that was the lawyer working with the Attorney General to defend us in the COI from the Governor's organized modern-day lynching. It is a necessary tool in the BVI's defense against this destabilization colonial plot.
  • wake up bvi (19/01/2023, 13:52) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    Why they want to implement the Order in Council? So that they can control the judiciary with jury less cases, only their kind as judges, they already have the head of Police and all senior post in the police force with UK persons while controlling the audit department. This is their only interest in these areas so they can try to eliminate us in a way that makes them look like innocent. These actions clearly are aimed at a takeover and will make their actions seem legitimate and sincere when in fact it is not & will never be.
  • Popular views (19/01/2023, 13:58) Like (10) Dislike (12) Reply
    We appreciate your efforts. This whole COI process is totally unreasonable and set up to make us fail and set up to make sure nothing gets done and thereby destabilize the country. The time frame for implementation is ridiculous. The BVI can complete and implement every recommendation from that questionable COI process, and it still will never be enough to satisfy the UK Officials. Also, the BVI cannot afford all these new financial commitments and take care of the real needs of the people. Just wait and see. The reality is the UK Officials want to rule all OTs directly especially financial services, so they can give their friends jobs as the economy in the UK is really bad. If we think we have it bad under our current local public officers & elected leaders, then wait until you are ruled directly by Brits Officials. BVI be careful what you are asking for because you will regret it. The Brits Officials must immediately stop this abuse of power officially in public and private and remove the two Orders in Council FORTHWITH!
  • Pivotal Role (19/01/2023, 14:06) Like (7) Dislike (19) Reply
    There certainly is a plot afoot to destabilize the country; however, do you or did you or can you see the role you played in advancing the plan? Because you played a pivotal role.
  • The Law vs Right & Wrong (19/01/2023, 14:24) Like (13) Dislike (8) Reply
    People of the BVI and elected officials please please please get up and fight for your people. There was a time in America (USA) when it was the law that black people could not go certain places in the country and when they were finally allowed to go, there were assigned places for them like in the back of the bus or at the back of the restaurant in a corner. Failure to adhere to these laws they were arrested. This was against the law the whites in authority implemented but it was a crime against mankind & against true democracy. Although some of these laws has changed, the tactics and mentality remain the same but are administered in a modern way that makes it seem like good trying to stomp out bad. The question is who determines what is bad and is the bad for all sides being sought out. In those days there were blacks telling other blacks not to argue just adhere to the law. Some even said to each other that they (the blacks) caused it on themselves. The Order in Council by the UK Officials who happen to be all caucasians is saying that no matter what your judiciary, policies, or Constitution says, the UK Officials has the right to get rid of them and rule the entire country through their Governor in the way they see best by them and claim it is in the best interest of the people but really is in the best interest of them while they attempt to cover up their failures and try to highlight those of everyone else. Just like in the days of old with slavery and segregation, it is legal but against human rights and democracy. The problem is that they also determine what is democracy and how it should be administered. We agree that there needs to be improvements at all levels but not through dictatorship and fear and the fulfillment of an agenda at the expense of true democracy and the people that can never be in the best interest of the people they want to enslave. As a matter of fact, history has showed that the slave masters were never satisfied with anything those enslaved did as it is hard and downright impossible to negotiate with devil like mentality persons who feel that they are angels and saviors and that all other race is inferior to them.
  • lodger (19/01/2023, 14:26) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Somebody please tell me/us what is a “Visa Waiver”. Thanks.
  • we the people (19/01/2023, 14:54) Like (2) Dislike (23) Reply
    Julian is who we need in the house of assembly
    • lol (19/01/2023, 15:47) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
      He was in there already and all he did was wore a stupid looking colonial wig.
  • Blackbeauty (19/01/2023, 19:26) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    All these distractions are for us not to see the true picture. The New World Order is unfurling before us.

    Those gifted with the spirit of discernment can clearly see the truth.

    Get your house in order.
    • God is watching. (20/01/2023, 05:36) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      We can fool ourselves, we can fool others but we cant cant fool God. Truth is truth it cannot be changed. " Our politician over the past 25yrs were disappointing, they put their self interest first before the country and we were slowly sinking now we have sunk so deep and fighting to survive its some one elses fault why we are drowning, how naive and dishonest that is..
  • 2023 (19/01/2023, 20:24) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    we not giving the former slave owners a chance to read our minds we just talking and talking everything
  • ??? (20/01/2023, 11:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    All of a sudden people can state their views on what they assume is reverence between UK and BVI. What happened to holding community meetings and sitting with Residents and having informed decisions. It's rather unfortunate that it's only during election time people tend to be boisterous in their ways( the People need to know now) so one can gain popularity. All about selfish gain and not really about the People.
    I would be very surprised, if this was published.(nailed it!)

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