The call this time around attracted hundreds, many with placards and others singing protest songs, expressing hopes of democracy, unity and an end to some of the challenges that they feel are affecting the country and the people. The pool included business men and women, the youth, politicians, social activists, and a wide range of personalities drawn from parishes around the 68 square mile island.
Among the scripts for the placards were “Douglas must go”; Unity is strength; “St. Kitts is not a police state”; “Defend your democracy”; Democracy is worth fighting for”; “Family”; and “We want justice”.
In a challenge to incumbent Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil Douglas, one of the key opposition leaders, Dr. Timothy Harris, dared Douglas to “If you think you bad, call de elections and let the people decide. We are confident that whenever the elections are called, Unity will win and we shall win big. And no matter the provocation, we shall be focused on your agenda.”
Harris who is the People’s Labour Party leader, committed that his organization and its allied opposition parties, (PAM and CCM), “shall be focused on giving the best education to the young people; we shall be focused on creating jobs for the people.” He also assured that if elected to government the current opposition candidates would also be focused always on doing what is right for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, whom, he said, they love. “And all we are asking is for the good people of St. Kitts and Nevis to give us this chance to serve you. Give us this chance to make a difference and we will show you that better can come and better must come to all of us in St. Kitts and Nevis.”
Taking a direct swipe at the country’s Prime Minister, Harris said, “We ain’t put it past the dictator, having seen the strength of Unity, to attempt to close down the whole country. They are frightened by the strength of Unity.”
He spoke by megaphone, mounted on a vehicle, while announcing that the planned meeting that was scheduled after the march had been cancelled due to an island wide power outage.
Also participating in the march were PAM’s Leader, Shawn Richards, Deputy leaders Eugene Hamilton and Jonel Powell and Ian Liburd. PLP Deputy Leader and candidate Sam Condor also featured in the event.