Disenchanted and disenfranchised Grenadians joined the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in a peaceful march through the streets of St. George’s last week Friday placing on record their disgust with the functioning of the two-year old Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) Administration.
Political Leader of the NDC, Senator Nazim Burke, was seen leading demonstrators from the Melville Street Fish Market area displaying placards mainly in relation to taxes and fees, which have affected them negatively in some way.
The demonstrators condemned policies undertaken by the current government, and what they described as government’s failure to deliver on the many election campaign promises.
“We want jobs…For Grenada to grow all the thieves must go, “For Grenada to grow Dr. Keith must go…”, were some of the slogans that reverberated from the mouths of the protestors as they marched through the Town of St. George expressing frustration with the situation.
The March, held under the theme, “Marching for food, jobs, better healthcare, and over-taxation,” was geared at making a statement from Congress that the NNP needs to deliver on the many outstanding promises made during the 2013 election campaign.
“We believe the way this government operates, it is only when you come out on the streets and declare your intent or ask them to do better – that is when they respond,” NDC’s Assistant Public Relations Officer Randal Robinson told this newspaper during last week Friday’s march.
However, the ruling party has instead introduced a host of austerity
measures including a wage freeze in the public sector as part of a Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) to grapple with a severe fiscal situation.
Under the NNP leadership taxes have increased significantly and Grenada continues to be affected by a debt payment problem and high unemployment.