Power move


What began as a “march for justice” by the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) ended with a call for healing of the nation by Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, suggesting that the country was sick.

Hundreds of Barbadians took to the streets yesterday in a “white march” to protest against the Freundel Stuart administration’s handling of the country affairs.

This protester came with a strong message to Government.
This protester came with a strong message to Government.

Addressing the protesters at the end of the march from Heroes Square, The City to Browne’s Beach, a stone’s throw away from the Office of the Prime Minister on Upper Bay Street, Mottley urged citizens to respond with their conscience to the manner in which the country was being managed, no matter who was in power.

Speaking from the back of a truck in the car park at Browne’s Beach, she told the gathering, decked mostly in white, the protest action was not about the Opposition party or the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP), but about the future of the people.

Using as her mantra and refrain, “the power of the people is stronger than the people in power”, she encouraged Barbadians to keep their Governments under close scrutiny, while reminding the crowd that following a similar march in 2014, the Stuart administration eventually repealed the “wrong, disproportionate and unconscionable” Municipal Solid Waste Tax.

“And we walked, and they made mock sport and fun at us; but at the end of the day, even when they wouldn’t take our letter at Government Headquarters, they repealed the tax,” Mottley said to loud applause.

Mia Mottley as she addressed marchers at Browne’s Beach.
Mia Mottley as she addressed marchers at Browne’s Beach.

In reference to another controversial Government project, the now collapsed Cahill Energy plasma gasification plant, she again drew the people’s attention to a warning she issued in Parliament about “a wicked and iniquitous act of the signing of contracts in our name which to this day have not been produced to the people”.

However, the Opposition Leader noted that after one year of various degrees of protests, that contract for the construction of a waste-to-energy plant at Vaucluse, St Thomas was now dead, “even if we have to pay millions of dollars for it to be dead.

“I say to you today that the power of the people is stronger than the people in power,” Mottley repeated.

She told the rally that her party was not “here to bring down a Government”, but to send a clear message about the power of the people and to stress to the administration that “we the people are watching”.

She added that every decision of this administration would be closely monitored.

“Every bill that is passed, every contract that is awarded, every project that is started without planning permission and every salary increase that is given, must be watched, monitored and responded to by the citizens.”

Mottley also had a sobering message for her party, particularly if the BLP formed the next Government.

“And I say to the members of the Barbados Labour Party a new day is dawning because we, too, whenever the people would like us to be in Government, will be kept in check by the power of the people. You cannot educate a people and ignore the voice of the people,” she cautioned.

Mottley also highlighted the recent proposed restoration of the ten per cent salary cut to parliamentarians, layoffs in the public sector and the imposition of university fees.

She said the children of poor and middle class Barbadians could no longer go to university because of a “nonsensical decision” that has sought to split this country.

“I say to you that this country needs healing,” the BLP leader said.

Mottley said the campaign for political and social justice was not an overnight struggle, nor was it about elections
or a victory for her party, but about a movement for
people power.

She emphasized that the BLP would be subjected to the same scrutiny since “in this year, our 50th anniversary as a nation, independence will only mean something to people, if people can experience freedom and justice. And if they cannot experience freedom and justice, then we have a duty to make it happen.”

The Opposition Leader pledged to work with whoever was willing to achieve this goal, not in the name of party alone, but in the name of the people and history of Barbados.

Meantime, Mottley’s parliamentary colleague Kerrie Symmonds tore into Government for its announced plans to restore the ten per cent, adding $20,000 to the Prime Minister’s salary and $15,000 to that of his ministers.

This decision was reason enough for the people of Barbados to stand up for justice, Symmonds said to rapturous applause.


15 Responses to Power move

  1. Sherlock Holmes. May 20, 2016 at 5:17 am

    I am still in the dark as to who originally took the self imposed cut and who did not? Did everyone take it at the inception on both sides? This is something that i am not clear about.

  2. miche May 20, 2016 at 5:58 am

    Country is sick because they decided not to be led by the blind,, This woman will stop at nothing to achieve her prime ministerial dream.. And what really strike me,is her ability to use the word “I ” So easily and frequently.

    • Ejd May 20, 2016 at 9:05 am

      So what is wrong with dreaming and working towards your dream? She is billiant.

  3. freeagent May 20, 2016 at 6:38 am

    The march has ended and the public has been given a number of reasons for the march. I trust that the request for transparency by government ministers is observed if and when the opposition party wins the next election. Let us not forget that transparency was not evident in many of the projects that were carried out under the last administration.
    Let us remember that we reap what we sow.

  4. dave May 20, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Time for Change : The DLP must go

  5. Sherlock Holmes. May 20, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Give up Dave i know you are hurting you marched your legs off yesterday apparently to no avail.

  6. seagul May 20, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Maria Agard—-she is brilliant, our only hope.

  7. maxjustina May 20, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    A group of labourers that were doing mason work decided to allow one of their female colleagues to spearhead the team. These labourers toiled as best they could but came to realise that it would have been remiss of them to have a leader who was not versed on masonry. Unknown to that leader, they left the job one day and when they returned they announced that they had chosen a leader from among themselves. The moral of this story is: never trust a worker who is a mason, you will get stuck in mortar all by yourself.

  8. Carson C Cadogan May 20, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    hahaha, what is the “…………STRONG MESSAGE ” sent by Mia?

    That the last “march’ aka sponsored walk, the police estimated 3000 people but this time the police estimated 600 people at this “march” aka sponsored walk?

    Mia give it a rest everything you do is falling flat on its face.

    BTW someone should tell Mia that there is Physical sickness and there is also Moral sickness. I dont have to say anymore.

  9. dave May 20, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Carson Cadogan, Derek Alleyne George Pilgrim Margaret Knight were all there peeping

    • Carson C Cadogan May 20, 2016 at 11:14 pm


      They were looking at what a dismal failure the sponsored walk was!!!!

  10. dave May 20, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    forget to add ac to the list

  11. Sherlock Holmes. May 21, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Dave you are really hurt,don’t worry man,you will get over it when feet are swift to mischief these things do happen.

  12. Carson C Cadogan May 21, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Mia Mottley is more fun than a barrel of monkeys.

    She predicted that they would be 30,000 people about 10% of people living in Barbados in her sponsored walk.

    But reality overtook her, only 600 people felt the need to show up. I have a big towel at home which I can lend her to wipe the tremendous amount of egg from her face.


  13. dave May 22, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Carson Cadogan Margaret Knight ac Michael Lashley Derek Alleyne George Pilgrim took turns at the march and comments here there and after. You have been out caught in the slips slipping on bannana peel -you understand me -you lot -one and the same -not fooling anybody


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