‘Bobby’ Clarke rallying laid off workers
Attorney-at-law Robert “Bobby” Clarke is calling all unemployed Barbadians and laid off workers to join him in a march from Independence Square, The City, to Government Headquarters, Bay Street, to show their disgust at the lack of concern and humanity shown for their plight by the Freundel Stuart administration.
In a Press release issued today, Clarke said he had written to Acting Commissioner of Police Seymour Cumberbatch seeking permission to stage the demonstration on Friday, June 20, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The Press release went on to state that the demonstration would be held to express the people’s concern in relation to the hardships they were currently experiencing.
Clarke also expressed concern at the lack of information on the hardships people were experiencing and the apparent lack of concern shown by the Government and the Opposition Barbados Labour Party.
In an interview with Barbados TODAY, Clarke said: “I have lodged the application and applied for permission to march on Friday from Independence Square. We will just be marching to Government Headquarters on Bay Street. I am asking the people to bring their own placards spelling out their concerns. I am disenchanted with both the DLP and the BLP, and I do not want anyone to say we are acting on behalf of any of the major political parties because both of them subscribe to the neoliberal philosophy.
“I am hoping to attract all Barbadians who are currently suffering under the present administration. I also want to attract all those persons who have recognized that things have gone wrong in the country. The Bishop of the Anglican Church in Barbados, Dr John Holder, spoke about it in his sermon on Sunday as Barbados continued to celebrate the 375th anniversary of the island’s Parliament.
“During the demonstration I want the placards to speak for themselves. We want to know why Barbadians no longer enjoy good health care. How can the people pay tuition fees to attend the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies when they are poor? The standard of living has dropped not only for persons earning $2 500 a month but for workers earning $300 a week,” Clarke added.
When asked to comment on the failure of Stuart to communicate with the Barbadian people on a regular basis on major issues affecting their lives, Clarke said: “ The indifference of the administration has gone beyond inertia, it shows a lack of humanity. It is hurting the poor in the country.”