Got TIPS or BREAKING NEWS? Please call 545-3572; ads call 440-6666                               Sittings from House of Assembly are carried live on 90.9 FM the Caribbean superstation or follow live online: www.cbnvirginislands.com

Close to 5000 take to streets in Decision March 2018

- to protest UK Parliamentary decision for public registers for Overseas Territories
Demonstrators along Waterfront Drive in Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), left, and Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), right, at Decision March 2018. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), left, and Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), right, at Decision March 2018. Photo: VINO
Marchers filing past the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Marchers filing past the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Acting Governor David D. Archer has been tasked with ensuring that the signed petition be sent to the Queen. Photo: VINO
Acting Governor David D. Archer has been tasked with ensuring that the signed petition be sent to the Queen. Photo: VINO
Decision March 2018. Photo: VINO
Decision March 2018. Photo: VINO
Decision March 2018. Photo: VINO
Decision March 2018. Photo: VINO
Among the placards displayed at Decision March 2018. Photo: VINO
Among the placards displayed at Decision March 2018. Photo: VINO
Among the placards displayed at Decision March 2018. Photo: VINO
Among the placards displayed at Decision March 2018. Photo: VINO
Among the placards displayed at Decision March 2018. Photo: VINO
Among the placards displayed at Decision March 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Thousands turned out for Decision March 2018 on May 24, 2018. Photo: VINO
Decision March 2018. Photo: VINO
Decision March 2018. Photo: VINO
Decision March 2018. Photo: VINO
Decision March 2018. Photo: VINO
Decision March 2018. Photo: VINO
Decision March 2018. Photo: VINO
Decision March 2018. Photo: VINO
Decision March 2018. Photo: VINO
Decision March 2018. Photo: VINO
Decision March 2018. Photo: VINO
Decision March 2018. Photo: VINO
Decision March 2018. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was a time to put political party and other issues aside and unite on a common front for the economic future of the Virgin Islands yesterday, May 24, 2018 when close to 5 thousand persons turned up for Decision March 2018.

The demonstration was held on the heels of the United Kingdom (UK) House of Commons and House of Lords supporting an amendment to the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill demanding that only Overseas Territories located in the Caribbean operate registers of beneficial ownership.

This move could essentially kill the Virgin Islands financial services sector, which accounts for 60 cents of every dollar in the VI economy.

The Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill has since received the Royal Assent and became an Act on May 23, 2018.

The Virgin Islands has said it will only comply when the standard becomes a global one.

BVI Strong; This decision is wrong!

The march to demonstrate to the 'Mother Country' that the Virgin Islands was rejecting the attempt of constitutional overreach and to make a statement that the Virgin Islands was ready to review its relationship with the UK over the attempt to kill its main economic pillar, began at the Sunday Morning Well and proceeded through Road Town to the Governor's Office.

Many persons, including non-Virgin Islanders and persons from the Financial Services Sector, joined the historic march, chanting 'No, no, no, this decision must go' and BVI Strong, this decision is wrong'.

The sentiments of the people against the Uk were also expressed on the many placards. Some of the placards read: 'I want to rule my destiny', 'When this standard becomes Global it'll be our Normal', 'End Colonial Rule', 'Racist UK', 'Public Register equals Economic Death', 'This is not about money, it's about our lives', 'BOLLUK', 'No imperial legislation, Colonialism long gone', 'Hurricane UK is upon us', and 'They left us to the birds, Now we're flying they want to clip our wings,.

Following speeches by various persons including Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and Virgin Islands Icon Patsy C. Lake, who had famously marched against the selling of Wickham's Cay in 1968 when she was just 23 years of age, the petition to the Queen was given to Acting Governor Mr David D. Archer.

Persons were told to listen out for updates from the Decision to March Committee.

More details to follow.

12 Responses to “Close to 5000 take to streets in Decision March 2018”

  • True (25/05/2018, 09:54) Like (16) Dislike (16) Reply
    So Plat says thousands as its a NDP site VINO says hundreds I say what was the point?

    Russia has started to hide billions in the past couple of years in the BVI this is the problem, but seeing as the Police can access this information there is no need for this law for public access.

    Now the Ministers want to go indy, who will then keep them in check from pocketing and backhanders when there is so much of it going on just now, now perhaps if there was not then this law wouldn't of been passed. Its the NDP hat has brought this and now they want to be independent, beware!
  • First March (25/05/2018, 10:20) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    Now we need to stay engaged and hold our gov’t accountable for their weak and crippling performance. Time to make them listen to what we have to contribute. “There will be no change without serious agitation.” Time to plan our second march.
  • Braveandwise (25/05/2018, 10:21) Like (8) Dislike (9) Reply
    UK requirement for it OTs isn't a requirement for themselves or any one else but OTs Should comply, doesn't sound like they have much to stand on but when have the Euros ever played fair....there is also the privacy issue however.....Independence isn't the devil we should be afraid of, put in checks and balances that limits The Government's power to bury us in debt, put in an independent elected by the people board that will address corruption and procedures to deal with the victimization of its citizens.
  • just asking (25/05/2018, 11:22) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Who took these pictures man
  • Truth (25/05/2018, 12:49) Like (10) Dislike (44) Reply
    the march was a big big success BAM BAM BAM
  • island man (25/05/2018, 19:29) Like (37) Dislike (2) Reply
    Am sort of concern that about 50% of the people don't even know the real reason why they are matching. What is hurting me is the fact that the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has launched a rehabilitation and reconstruction project in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), which will assist the country in recovering from the effects of Hurricane Irma. The project, which was launched on April 10, 2018, will be funded through a US$65.3 million loan and a US$300,000 grant.
    Up to this day I cannot see any effort in rebuilding the schools. Now we matching against the UK; take a good look ate the conduct of our ministers and the people's money.
  • Interesting (26/05/2018, 08:44) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Noticiably missing from the march was the white expat, 'Watering Hole' crowd. While we stood as a community they chose to distance themselves. This had nothing to do with race but their absence echoed that sentiment. Sad.
    • @Imteresting (27/05/2018, 06:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Not to worry, they will be dealt with diplomatically also. They understand that way best.
  • Rubber Duck (28/05/2018, 14:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    5000? Less than 1000.


Create a comment


Create a comment

Disclaimer: Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) welcomes your thoughts, feedback, views, bloggs and opinions. However, by posting a blogg you are agreeing to post comments or bloggs that are relevant to the topic, and that are not defamatory, liable, obscene, racist, abusive, sexist, anti-Semitic, threatening, hateful or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be excluded permanently from making contributions. Please view our declaimer above this article. We thank you in advance for complying with VINO's policy.


Weather


Follow Us On

Disclaimer: All comments posted on Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) are the sole views and opinions of the commentators and or bloggers and do not in anyway represent the views and opinions of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online and its parent company.