Nearly 5,000 sign petition
While it was expected that there would have been a sea of
red in Queen’s Park on Sunday evening, Barbadians from
all echelons of society turned up in their numbers to either
show their support of the Barbados Labour Party’s (BLP)
petition to Government for the removal of Minister of Finance
Christopher Sinckler from that post, or to just hear what the
hype of For Love Of Country was all about.
Those who were unable to grab the available chairs that
were there or those who would have walked with their own
chairs converged around the bandstand and fanned outward,
taking up every available vantage point to hear the speakers for
the evening: Dale Marshall, Senator Dr Jerome Walcott, Clyde
Mascoll, Gregory Nicholls, Kerrie Symmonds, Owen Arthur
and Opposition Leader Mia Mottley.
They spilled over into the carriageway of the park and in
the general area in front of the Queen’s Park Gallery.
Outside, along Constitution Road and St Michael’s Row, there
was a brigade of supporters, armed with booklets and pens,
encouraging Barbadians to sign the BLP’s petition. The party
faithful boarded buses and other public service vehicles to get
signatures; they flagged down private vehicles, encouraging the
occupants to sign.
At the end of the four-hour-long event, a party official
told Barbados TODAY that they had collected close to
“From tonight [Sunday), as well, the petition would be
available online, and we will be in a number of independent
locations as well. The aim is to have the document accessible
to all Barbadians, and it will be available for a week after the no
confidence motion on Tuesday.
After that, the booklet will be subjected to an independent
auditing process and will not be submitted to Government. So
the public need not be afraid to show their support,” he said.