Thousands listen as Opposition MP suggests Education Minister may be abusing Chinese gift

A rally organised by the Opposition which drew 10,000 supporters heard the Prime Minister needs to keep a tighter leash on his Cabinet…

The March of National Disgust which arrived on the heels of Barbados’ 19th credit downgrade was successfully held without any aggressive incidents over the weekend – drawing on every single category of Barbadian society, the protest saw whites, blacks, Indians, Muslims, Rastafarians and boys on the block freely uniting for one purpose to let Government know the current style of administration must change if Barbados is to avoid further downgrading or worse.

Immediately after the march around Bridgetown, a rally was held at Jubilee Gardens opposite Courts Unicomer on Lower Broad St, speakers included Kerrie Symmonds the parliamentary representative for St James Central who urged the Prime Minister of Barbados to verify that China’s recent gift of tablets, laptops and computers were distributed to schools and students alone and nowhere else…

Opposition Leader and Political Leader of the Barbados Labour Party, Mia Mottley, also addressed the thousands of protesters swarming through Jubilee Gardens.

Noting the BLP has sought to assist poor Barbadians as far back as 1951, she stated her shock how Barbados’ credit status places it in the same level as Greece, Ukraine or Mozambique and the response or lack thereof from the Government of the day has her even more stunned – and she reminded the next generation of Opposition candidates that empathy is the key element in keeping the support of Barbadians…

Meanwhile, a 13 year old schoolboy urged Barbadians to speak the truth yet respect authority…

Khalid Kothdiwala was the official spokesperson for his family at Jubilee Gardens – he urged the Prime Minister to speak with and learn from the electorate who put him and his Cabinet in office.

The young secondary pupil observed his father is a travelling salesman who visits many Bajan households and sees firsthand the suffering many Bajans have been enduring for almost a decade…

Another segment of Barbadian society present, yet seldom acknowledged, was one from the disabled community.

Bonita Phillips participated in the March of National Disgust on her wheelchair and had to be lifted on the stage, she told the 10,000 objectors how she chose between 2 events – apart from the march there was Town & Country Planning’s Town Hall on the Physical Development plan as well but she decided the March is more significant and she relayed to supporters what happened when she went to pay a bill at the Water Authority’s new headquarters which is supposed to be all access for any user…

The rally was relayed by hundreds of Barbadians via smartphones into social media streaming apps for the Bajan diaspora overseas and for those unable to attend directly for one reason or another…

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