March against tax, Government

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Motorists honked their horns and some residents stood on the sidewalk clapping as scores of demonstrators took to the streets of Bridgetown this morning demanding that Government scrap the Municipal Solid Waste Tax.

They also called for a change in administration.

“How long have you been silent?”, shouted the woman leading the march.

“Too long!” was the vigorous response.

The two-hour march, which began just after 10 am, was organised by activist Robert Bobby Clarke.

He was disappointed with the turnout, attributing this to a “sense of fear” among residents.Protest 1

“People know they’re suffering with the new tax that they can’t pay and they’re still not coming out,” he told Barbados TODAY.

“We are saying the tax shouldn’t be there at all. We cannot run a government on taxation and we’ve done that for the last 50 years. We keep taxing the poor. We tax the poor the same as we tax the rich and the poor people are the ones who go out to vote,” he said.

Among those marching were opposition Members of Parliament Cynthia Forde and Trevor Prescod, and University of the West Indies lecturer Dr Tennyson Joseph.


14 Responses to March against tax, Government

  1. Wayne T Griffith
    Wayne T Griffith July 5, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Good job

  2. Audrey Worrell
    Audrey Worrell July 5, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    good gesture

  3. Angela Thompson Branch
    Angela Thompson Branch July 5, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Could not make it but my heart with all of you who did.

  4. Cecily Jones
    Cecily Jones July 5, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Thousands complaint, scores marching….

  5. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer July 5, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    I don’t know why people are so afraid to express how they feel about something that is or would affect them. Powerful men in some countries, that think they had every one and everything under their command. Eventually they still had to run into exile. For e.g President Juan-Claude Duvalier of Haiti, President Idi Amin of Uganda Africa, and the Shar of Iran. You can do as you like, but not as long as you like.

    • Kendacy Lewis
      Kendacy Lewis July 6, 2014 at 8:31 am

      They need to do this march often so they can reach the people……and we that are affected by what is going on needs to make a great effort and go out.

  6. Danielle Reid-Melillo
    Danielle Reid-Melillo July 6, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Everyone should just not pay the taxes in solidarity!

  7. Dave - London Calling July 6, 2014 at 3:14 am

    Fellow Bajans – well done to those who took to the March.
    Pride & Industry needs to be exemplified. Continue to take pride is expressing you views – the views of the ordinary people must be heard, hourly, daily and repeatedly.

    Shame on those who hid behind the curtains, sat and watch on TV, barked but not bite, you did not expressed neither pride or industry.

  8. Elke Hassell
    Elke Hassell July 6, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    It would be nice if you all would announce to the General Public when you are doing these marches – I would have certainly be present if I’d known. Use Social Sites to inform people!

  9. Elke Hassell
    Elke Hassell July 6, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Every Voice counts – let these “Governments” know we are not standing for this Bullshit any longer. The Power will always be with the PEOPLE! If not for US where would THEY be.

  10. Jackie Alleyne July 6, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Which social sites would be appropriate ? Announcements were made on Brasstacks.

  11. jm July 7, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Fine…let the Gov’t do its own thing with the taxes.The Gov’t can’t do it anymore .They are ashame to admit it but they can’t do it anymore .Folks…cut back on things that you really don’t need to buy.This includes Clubing,cropover,parties and other recreational social event that cost money.
    go back to basics.
    instead of mini zr van…bike it if you can.
    grow a garden.

  12. Miguel Carlos Jose Humphrey
    Miguel Carlos Jose Humphrey July 7, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    it would be great if Mr. Clarke and associates would inform the pubic in as many ways and forms as possible when he has decided to do the next march….He wants more support, great, THEN you need to shout it from the roof tops. LET PEOPLE KNOW EARLY THE NEXT TIME AROUND

  13. Sanderson Rowe July 7, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Passed outside the Tax Office in Oistin this morning.The line of people queuing up to pay their Municipal taxes , snaked right outside.


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