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2nd peoples’ march to demand answers; press for CoI into Govt. abuses

-thousands called on to join peaceful procession to Premier’s Office
Floyd Burnett aka heritage. Photo: Team of Reporters
 Residents from across the Territory are being called on by the organisers of the ‘Peoples’ March,’ to join in its peaceful protest demonstration on June, 8, 2018 and proceed to the Premier's Office to present him with a copy of a demand for Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into his government’s alleged fiscal and other abuses. Photo: Provided
Residents from across the Territory are being called on by the organisers of the ‘Peoples’ March,’ to join in its peaceful protest demonstration on June, 8, 2018 and proceed to the Premier's Office to present him with a copy of a demand for Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into his government’s alleged fiscal and other abuses. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Residents from across the Territory are being called on by the organisers of the ‘Peoples’ March,’ to join in its peaceful protest demonstration on June, 8, 2018 and proceed to the Premier's Office to present him with a copy of a demand for Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into his government’s alleged fiscal and other abuses.

The march follows a call by political candidate, businessman and former Permanent Secretary, Julian Willock, on at least two religious leaders to take up the challenge.

He has since told our newsroom while “they have not responded, I am in full support of the organisers of this second march.”  

According to Mr Willock, the first march was about solidarity against the United Kingdom’s Parliamentary vote on public registries for beneficial ownership of offshore accounts and “it is (now) time to focus on internal issues.”

 Heritage

Organisers of the ‘Peoples’ March,’ —led by Social Activist Floyd Burnett aka ‘Heritage’—has since by way of a public missive outlined some of its objectives and reasons for a demonstration.

According to that body, “we are particularly aggrieved by our overdue financial statements; the unaccounted for, $7.2M invested in BVI Airways; the overspending on the $1M plus wall at The Elmore Stoutt High School; the planned TB Lettsome Airport expansion at this critical financial time; the secret correspondence letter with FCO; the details of the UK Loan guarantee and the Cruise Pier project's exuberant overspending, among other issues.”

The public statement said, “all these issues have led us to a higher cost of living; increased costs for food and goods, along with the eventual increase in house and land taxes, employee taxes, increasing work-permit fees, house rent, departure taxes and other fees.”

Answers

According to the march organisers, “as tax-paying individuals, we are petitioning our sitting Government for accountability and transparency in their handling of the affairs of this country in a number of critical matters.”

The group said it is also looking to call on the Virgin Islands Government, “to tell us why they have a lack of interest in Fishing and Agriculture, yet they indicate that we go independent (We will surely suffer!).”

The ‘Peoples’ March’ organisers are also demanding answers “on issues such as consumer protection, neglect of our sister islands, housing for the homeless (including those misplaced since Hurricanes Irma and Maria), insurance protection, employee increments, safer and healthier working environments, realistic NHI policies, and more.”

The organisers have since called for the immediate establishment of a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the grouses.

According to the statement, on the day of the peaceful protest, “we will march to the Premier's office to present to him a copy of our letter that we are giving to the Governor regarding a Commission of Inquiry.”

The organisers say, should this be shunned and “the people are not satisfied with the response to our queries, we will ask kindly for their resignation and removal from the posts that we have humbly entrusted them to carry out our affairs.”

Residents from across territory—including Anegada, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and islands in-between—are being encouraged to, “join us in this movement because it affects each and every one of us living in the Virgin Islands.”

49 Responses to “2nd peoples’ march to demand answers; press for CoI into Govt. abuses ”

  • #32000VISTRONG (04/06/2018, 19:37) Like (47) Dislike (5) Reply
    It’s The People Time Now. The 1st One was Hijacked!!!by said politicians. Time to demand real answers y’ll!!!
  • one eye (04/06/2018, 19:46) Like (41) Dislike (1) Reply
    yes march we will
  • poor people (04/06/2018, 19:52) Like (42) Dislike (1) Reply
    Suffering in silence in this country- small pay: juggling excessive taxes, house rent, food, water, electricity, phone, internet, and other bills.
  • we (04/06/2018, 19:56) Like (32) Dislike (1) Reply
    will corner them at the complex; hopefully they will be doing the peoples' work; if not, they need to be fired.
  • See!!!Here!!! (04/06/2018, 20:09) Like (30) Dislike (2) Reply
    No more lies; we want it live and direct.
  • jokers (04/06/2018, 20:17) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    Vino thank you tanks tanks and thanks
    Your the best we gona love vino
  • Welsah (04/06/2018, 20:18) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
    The thing turn-out on Friday! This should be good. Thank god it’s Friday. Can’t miss this one.
  • C-mon (04/06/2018, 20:29) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nuff respect to the organizers. #VIStrong.
  • voter (04/06/2018, 20:50) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Cant wait to see the placards
  • one (04/06/2018, 22:16) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good job to the organisers now remember to vote on election day too
  • vex (05/06/2018, 00:40) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    March on them crooks yes
  • Luvz (05/06/2018, 05:44) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    I hope someone go live. I really want to see if any politician will march for this come Friday. Will this March be bigger than the decision March? Stay tune!

  • Bam! (05/06/2018, 06:15) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Leh we do tis ting!
  • Can’t wait... (05/06/2018, 06:17) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    NDP we coming...
  • Bout time! (05/06/2018, 06:22) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Y’ll answer we!!!Silent No More!!!
  • Papus (05/06/2018, 06:26) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    No BVI Airways to fly away; Friday is the People’s Day.
  • Please, (05/06/2018, 06:29) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Please NDP, Please don’t sell us to the Chinese.
  • Cross to bear (05/06/2018, 06:38) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    NDP you’ll brought us here.
  • Increasing Debt (05/06/2018, 06:44) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    What do we have to show for it? Where is the money?
  • poor we, (05/06/2018, 06:48) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    NDP, why have y’ll done this to we?
  • setback (05/06/2018, 06:51) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    government, do you have a comeback?
  • Lord (05/06/2018, 06:54) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    We have suffered.
  • Jet setting (05/06/2018, 07:04) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    All around the world from America to England to Asia and yet today, there is nothing to show for it. We need answers.
  • @Marching Anthem (05/06/2018, 08:49) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Welsah, what comes next? We want answers please!? We want answers please!?
  • My Take (05/06/2018, 09:03) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Please keep those sitting politicians out of the march; they should be answering questions this time around.
  • Hear Ye! Hear Ye! (05/06/2018, 09:15) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mutiny on the bounty! Everyone jumping off NDP sinking ship!
  • Up! (05/06/2018, 09:22) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Up! and Away! $7.5 million just secretly fly away.
  • campaign contributions (05/06/2018, 09:24) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    THE WALL.
  • The audit (05/06/2018, 09:27) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Scraping our heads. This money trail runs far and wide...can we get it done without red flags?
  • @The audit (05/06/2018, 09:31) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    The dog ate the papers. They not that dumb to incriminate themselves.
  • the rock (05/06/2018, 09:35) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    This is not the time
  • Lordamercy (05/06/2018, 09:39) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    How NDP gone get out from under this one? Look trouble for me; these young people not playing these days.
  • LOANS FROM THE UK (05/06/2018, 09:41) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do not accept any excuses from our political leaders. The reason we have not seen any of this is because OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS continue to delay and distract from what we need to put in place to start getting the money. Do not let them blame it on the UK... our government want to have control of the loan and so that is why they keep stalling - this will never happen - the UK can see right through them - but while they do this our people suffer! It is clear to everyone what has been happening in the government and with the people's money.. all we are asking is for our government to do the right thing for a couple of years so our country can get back on track - use the money properly, don't steal, don't overspend - just get us back on track. That is all we want. Why would ANYONE think you could be trusted with the UK loans? We are being guaranteed 300mil.... you managed to spend 83mil on the pier park, 1mil on a wall, 7+mil on an airline that never took off... and you publicly announced that you want to include the airport expansion in the territory rebuild... if you were to get your way the 300mil would be done and gone and we would have nothing to show for it except for some missing millions and dramatically inflated contractor bills.... DO THE RIGHT THING.
  • Fyah dem! (05/06/2018, 09:44) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fire in the bullpen.
  • Lord give me Faith (05/06/2018, 10:14) Like (14) Dislike (10) Reply
    Isn’t it both party to be blamed for our present state?
  • @Lord give me faith (05/06/2018, 10:19) Like (11) Dislike (9) Reply
    No! NDP to blame- NDP has finally crippled we.
    • @@Lord give me faith (05/06/2018, 17:05) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
      You are very naïve....This country did not get to this over 8 years. This has been a long problem where the bottom has finally dropped out. That does not exonerate all the ones who went before and are now trying to get back in.
      • Thoughts (05/06/2018, 22:18) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
        You’re correct sadly every government has their share. However, this is the saddest sickest most corrupt government ever! Not one Government of this country thus far could ever stand in their shoes! The damage they did in such a short time would have taken all other governments years to do that kind of damage. By then we would have kicked their azzzs out!! Hiya!
  • Power in numbers (05/06/2018, 10:39) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    Get up! Stand up! Stand up for your rights!
  • They don’t (05/06/2018, 10:43) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Care bout we.
  • Political Abuse! (05/06/2018, 11:00) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    No More! We taking action now, FOR SURE!
  • saying (05/06/2018, 12:59) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Me son lay we do this thing . We need answers
  • All roads (05/06/2018, 13:20) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lead to the Gov’t Complex on Friday, starting at 2pm Sunday Morning Well.
  • We are marching (05/06/2018, 14:05) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    to let you public leaders know, we put you’ll in and we can vote you’ll out, if you’ll don’t want to be accountable to us.
  • imagine (05/06/2018, 15:27) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    Finally finally the people have decided to stand. Stand together and burn out victimization. After this they will be afraid to victimize anyone. Civil Servants have suffered far too long at the hands of this government in fear of this evil trend! Amen!
  • Lucky Dip (06/06/2018, 05:55) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jah knows we suffered for to long. The almighty has heard our prayers.


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