Today (Friday) will see the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) take to the streets of the city to stage a peaceful protest march in St. George’s.
The march which will start in the vicinity of the St. George’s Fish Market on Melville Street at 4:30 p.m. has been called to register Congress’ disgust with the bewilderment and hopelessness of the people of Grenada who are finding it difficult to meet their basic needs as a result of the austerity measures adopted by the two year old Government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell.
The theme of the march is “Marching for food, jobs, better health
care, and over-taxation.”
Another area of concern for the main opposition political party is the alleged abuse of political power under the Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) administration.
NDC has charged that although the NNP acknowledged that Grenadians are over-taxed and promised that there will be some measure of relief if voted back into office in 2013, it has now turned around and introduced 25 new taxes on the backs of the population.
According to Congress, it has been observing that there has been a downturn in the level of commerce taking place on the island which has now force a number of business entities to close their doors thus putting more people on the breadline.
Political Leader, Sen. Nazim Burke who is giving full support for the march, called for every strata of the Grenadian society to join with the NDC and speak up for their rights not to be intimidated by those in government.
Sen. Burke feared that the more people who yield to the arrogance and abuse of the government, therefore more pressure would be brought onto the people.
“It is extremely important for us to stand up and be counted, let the public know we are concerned about the situation with food, and personal and income security,” he said.
The NDC Political Leader said the party has heard of reports of hunger and malnutrition facing many people, and they are concerned about jobs especially for the young people, and the healthcare situation.
“We want to be able to make a statement on April 10th, and we are calling on as many persons (including the Doctors, nurses, teachers, bus drivers, taxi drivers, civil society and all of the organisations) come out and be part of this march”, he added.
NDC said the protest march is aimed at getting the NNP regime to
deliver on the promises made to the people of Grenada during the 2013 election campaign.
The NNP had promised to start six major projects within the first year of taking office, as well as to bring in several foreign investors to build hotels and to engage in other private sector projects.