Barbados Opposition to stage anti-tax protest Thursday

“I shall walk from parliament where I sit, to government headquarters where this government’s Cabinet sits, and I shall walk as your Leader of the Opposition to deliver to the Prime Minister a letter,” BLP Leader, Mia Mottley, said late Sunday, as she invited the nation to join her on a midday march.

 She announced the protest action at a downtown Bridgetown rally, culminating one week of public meetings and consultations decrying the tax and its effects on Barbadians.

 This new tax was announced last year with a sweeping .03 per cent charge on the site value of real estate property across the island, but as land owners received bills in June, there have been widespread complaints about the financial burden placed on residents.

 Cabinet last week decided to waive all payments of this levy for pensioners with property valued under $190,000 (One BDS dollar = 50 US cents), slashed it for agricultural land, and pushed back the payment deadline for others.

 But the businesses and non-governmental organisation leaders said they want more relief, while the Opposition continued its demand for a repeal of the law.

 “If the spirit moves you, you can join me at any point along the way…Wear something white if you cannot join us,” Mottley told a large crowd of supporters and other Barbadians.

 “Stand and be counted. Walk with me in peace and in love…out of duty to yourselves and to this country’s future, walk with me for love of country.”


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