The Barbados Labour Party, the organizer of the “Step Up If Yuh Fed-Up” has estimated that approximately ten thousand people attended yesterday’s protest march.
Last evening, a massive crowd marched through the streets of Bridgetown, waving placards which said “Make Barbados Great Again”, “Let My People Go” and “Barbados Deserves Better” accompanied by the sounds of three music trucks while chanting “enough is enough”.
Organizers stressed that the march was not political, and during the subsequent rally at Jubilee Gardens, many average Barbadians took to the stage to share their stories and to echo calls for the Democratic Labour Party to announce general elections.
During her address to crowd, Opposition leader, Mia Mottley, said the overwhelming turnout was an indicator that the public has had enough of the Freundel Stuart led administration, she also indicated that the Party intends to resume its consultations with the social partners sometime this week. “I give you the assurance that we will resume the consultations with the social partners. They don’t invite us to any meetings, but we will ask to be included. Because, in the best traditions of Frank Walcott, having taken instructions from you the people, we are going to talk with the other partners in this country,” she said.
Notably present during the march was Akanni McDowall, who said he was not marching in his capacity as President of the National Union of Public Workers, but as an average citizen who is disgusted by some of government’s policies. “I am disgusted because of how they treated me in my matter. I am disgusted by the fact that public servants have not been able to receive a salary increase as yet and I am disgusted that there are many public servants out there who have not been appointed to date.”