Published On: Wed, Oct 31st, 2018

Clyde van Putten files an injunction against Dutch government in St. Maarten

Clyde van Putten - Denicio Bryson - Court House St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG—The leader of the Progressive Labor Party Clyde van Putten filed an injunction just minutes before midday at the Court of First Instance in Philipsburg on Wednesday. This injunction which was filed is said to have the administrators who were appointed by the Dutch Government immediately removed from office and restore the democracy, said van Putten.

“This means turn over the government back to the legitimate elected people of the island. That is directly what we are doing with this injunction,” said van Putten. He said that there is already the matter that was filed in the courts against the Dutch Government which was postponed until November 20, 2018.

He pointed out, that the attorney appointed by the Dutch Government has asked for more time to study the case “but on top of that we want them be removed right away. He mentioned that they have asked for time in the case of the court hearing which is scheduled for November but they did not even have the courtesy when they took over the government which was apparently based on melee, gossip and innuendoes. After occupying the office for than 9 months they are not able to prove where we went wrong, what laws that we had violated, what nepotism and corruption that they have accused us with, “he said.

He indicated that the Dutch representatives were given until Monday October 31 to remove from the office but they did not cooperate and as a result they had “no other choice” but to take this stance to ensure that democracy is restored. “We will hope that the court will be fair in their judgement as we are basing our arguments on the laws of the international community.”

He concluded by emphasizing that Dutch National laws can never supersede the laws of the international community.


Photo caption: Attorney at law Denico Brison with Progressive Labor Party leader Clyde van Putten after filing the petition against the Netherlands at the Court House in Philipsburg on Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Andrew Bishop.