Protestors March against Government in Basseterre

This time the march ended without incident, unlike the last one a few weeks ago, when police arrested a supporter who was accused of displaying messages and images that were thought to be in breach of the law.

However, party officials have complained that their demonstration was severely hampered by the refusal of the police to grant permission for the route requested for the march.

It was the hope of the organizers, just as they had done in the past, to march from Greenlands, Cayon Street, Church Street, Liverpool, Fort Street, Cayon Street, West Independence Square Street, Bay Road, Lower Fort Street and Bank Street, where a rally was planned.

Instead police restricted the parade of protestors to Cayon Street, West Independence Square Street, and Bank Street, thereby significantly shortening the procession.

Party officials have however indicated that these restrictions will not damper their spirits and desire to see justice and fairness at play; and to force the prime minister to allow the Motion of No Confidence, that was tabled since late last year, to be debated and voted on in the National Assembly.

The leader of PAM and Member of Parliament for Sandy Point, Mr. Shawn Richards has indicated that the country has lost all confidence in the prime minister and his government and the time has come for the administration to allow the parliamentarians to have their say and vote of the issue.

pam-youngRichards pointed out that there is no more confidence in the government because of how badly it has managed the economy and how deplorable the conditions have become, especially in health, education and road infrastructure.

In addition, explained the PAM leader, the high cost of living, the high rate of the Value Added Tax, the high cost of electricity, the huge National Debt, crime and violence and the decision to swap government lands for debt, have all been factors that have destroyed the economy and will be the cause of further economic hardships; especially when one looks at the consequences of being in an International Monetary Fund, IMF, austerity program.

The march ended just before 6:00pm and was followed by a rally filled with speeches by the leaders of the political organization.


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