The march was scheduled to commence at 4:00 p.m. starting at West Independence Square Street and taking the route which was used during the last Operation Rescue march.
Some persons had gathered at the starting point and according to MiyVue.com’s understanding, they were prepared to begin the march when rain began falling. It stopped briefly before beginning again. Because of the intermittent spells, Operation Rescue leader, G. A. Dwyer Astaphan took the decision to cancel the march.
“The reason we decided to call off the march (is because of the rain) and we don’t want to go through a march with people getting wet and so forth. There are other times when we can march and if the weather continues to iffy like this, we will cancel the rally as well because there are other times we can do this.”
Astaphan said he is aware that there are those persons who would concoct invalid reasons for the cancellation of the march but further indicated that that doesn’t remove the facts that people are paralysed by fear and are calling for change.
“People can say whatever they want, give whatever explanation, that’s up to them but that will not change the fact that the country is hurting deeply, people are deeply aggrieved, people are suffering and people want something better than what they have. That will not change the fact that the people are deeply dissatisfied with the leadership of Dr. Douglas and frightened at the fiscal situation, at the crime situation, at the state of our infrastructure and a whole heap of other things. No amount of political spinning would change that fact and no amount of political spinning would change the fact that people in St. Kitts are living in fear, business people, public servants, other people are in fear. If you remove that fear factor, it makes an entire difference and what we need to do is to take the lid off fear so that the people can feel more confident in expressing and demonstrating their feelings.
“People in St. Kitts have a number of grievances, a number concerns, but they are paralysed with fear. Just today alone, at least 10 public servants told me we would love to march but we are afraid; we don’t want to lose our work, we don’t want to be victimized.”
The public meeting portion of yesterday’s activities was held sometime after 5:00 p.m. and regarding a proposed date for the next Operation Rescue march, Astaphan explained that he cannot say when that will be as it would take some time to organise.