- Posted October 12, 2013 by
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Thousands Protest the Minority Dr. Denzil Douglas led Government of St.Kitts-Nevis
Dressed in white, which has become the signature color for the newly launched historic Opposition Tri-Party partnership Team UNITY , citizens and residents of St.Kitts and Nevis came out in massive numbers bearing the national flags and placards which displayed anti-government sentiments and support for the UNITY Movement.
All expressed much disgust with the leadership of Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas.
Some of the placards read: "Unity is Strength", "A had enough a Denzil Doulgas 1989-2013", "Full Confidence in a Unity Government", “Elections NOW”, “Motion of Confidence NOW”, “Democracy NOW”
After winding their way through the streets of Basseterre the huge march culminated on Bank Street where the numbers swelled even more creating a huge sea of white in downtown Basseterre.
Members of the Team UNITY addressed the large crowd including former Deputy Prime Minister and Constituency #3 MP Hon. Sam Condor, Jonel Powell, Ian “Patches” Liburd, Constituency #8 MP Hon. Eugene Hamilton, Constituency#5 MP Hon. Shawn Richards and Team Leader Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris.
In his address, Dr. Harris challenged the Prime Minister to "ring de bell" which sent the crowd into a frenzy as they screamed and shouted in agreement with the UNITY Leader.
Dr Harris told the media after the march and rally "We had a successful March and Rally. People came out in their thousands to show solidarity, to ensure that we achieve democracy, to show that the Motion of No Confidence being delayed for so long is unacceptable and, by and large, they paid tremendous support to Team UNITY and our policies for setting the country back to work again."
Harris also addressed the issue regarding the March route which was different to the the route that was intended.
Harris said: "We still find it objectionable because Government Headquarters is the focus of the protest. It is there that the Parliament that is not hearing the Motion of No Confidence is located, it is there the illegal Prime Minister sits and we believe that we have a Constitutional right to protest everywhere and, therefore, that street and area around gov’t headquarters shouldn't be cordoned off."
Harris indicated that the Team UNITY had applied for a specific route which included marching down Church Street in front of the Government Headquarters and that route was denied, adding that the Commissioner of Police, Celvin G. Walwyn, said that there were national security issues.
The Unity Leader indicated that Commissioner Walwyn was pressing for a route which would have seen that march going straight across Cayon Street and then turn right onto West Independence Square Street, but the UNITY Team protested and the police provided an alternate route which took the march down Market Street instead of the Church street which was requested and intended.
The popular and dynamic UNITY Movement Leader Harris said despite the fact that they were denied the opportunity to march the route that was intended, the participation in the amrch showed the overwhelming support for Team UNITY and the UNITY Movement and an even greater desire for change.
Harris further told the media "Nonetheless, we took the route that was given because we are setting example of obedience to the law. We had a tremendous turnout! The energy is there and we saw that the energy was maintained throughout the night.
The rally ended around 9:30pm . Team UNITY’s next series of events will also include a much demanded launch on Nevis.
This was the third such march and rally since the Motion of No Confidence was filed in December 11th 2012. All the marches have drawn massive support with thousands taking the streets at each of the 3 Marches. The second march was most eventful as it saw the arrest of former PAM Leader Lindsay Grant. A situatin which created much unrest as his supporters swarmed the Police Headquarters demanding his immediate release.
This most recent march was peaceful and without incident.
The Team UNITY is a partnership of three main parties in St.Kitts-Nevis the Concerned Citizens Movement, The People’s Action Movement and the People’s Labour Party who combined controls the majority of seats in the federal Parliament with 6. Compared to just 5 for the Governing Labour/NRP administration led by Dr. Denzil Douglas.