NATIONAL SILENT PROTEST AGAINST FLOW
I wish to thank you for your contributions over the past few weeks leading up to the National Silent Protest which took place yesterday, Friday 31st March 2017.
I was particularly satisfied with the turn-out here in Carriacou and Petite Martinique and I have received unconfirmed reports that the Grenville location was well supported.
From a reliable source at the St. George's location, the protesters were dispersed prematurely by an individual claiming to be a religious minister who was able to convince them that communicating with FLOW rather than protesting was the better way to resolve the issues.
It has been reported that the protesters at the Grand Anse location were asked by the security guard to leave as the mall is 'private property' but one protester - knowing her rights - remained at the entrance to the mall for the duration of the protest.
I would say that the protest was a success even before the actual set date because FLOW began paying attention by coming out and making promises upon hearing about the planned activity.
In conclusion, I would like to thank all who came out and protested, all who adhered to the request of the 60-minute boycott, the media, the press and all the supporters of this activity.
In mobilizing for this protest, it became apparent that our people are fearful of victimization - even in the exercise of their basic constitutional, human and consumer rights - and I now take this opportunity to call on Civil Society Organizations to provide leadership and education
in these areas. Someone one said, "A people that fears its government is anarchy, but a government that fears its people is democracy."
Again, I thank you.