Senator Monelle Williams has blamed the current state of affairs in the country for the rising crime, violence and suicide rates here.
Williams, speaking at a UWP public meeting on Thursday night, said the Dominica Labour Party Administration has systematically destroyed every industry and institution in Dominica, taking away the will of the people to earn a living for themselves and their family, and thereby systematically encouraging a mendicant society.
According to Williams, increases in social ills are the result of an impoverished country.
However, she has urged persons to remain strong and firm as change will come.
"This is time for you to stay strong, this is time for us to stay united, this is time for us to encourage one another" says Williams.
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