Got TIPS or BREAKING NEWS? Please call 1-284-442-8000 direct/can also WhatsApp same number or Email ALL news;                               ads call 1-284-440-6666

New Gov't 'doesn't mean direct rule off the table'- Via C. Donovan-Hodge

- as meagre sized crowd staged demonstration @ Government House on May 11, 2022
One of the placards at the demonstration against direct rule on the VI by the UK at Government House yesterday, May 11, 2022. Photo: VINO
Young activist Via C. Donovan-Hodge addresses the protesters at Government House on May 11, 2022. Photo: Facebook
Young activist Via C. Donovan-Hodge addresses the protesters at Government House on May 11, 2022. Photo: Facebook
Some of the placards and posters displayed at the demonstration against direct rule on the VI by the UK at Government House yesterday, May 11, 2022. Photo: VINO
Some of the placards and posters displayed at the demonstration against direct rule on the VI by the UK at Government House yesterday, May 11, 2022. Photo: VINO
Activist Edmund G. Maduro addresses the protesters. Photo: VINO
Activist Edmund G. Maduro addresses the protesters. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The [British] Virgin Islands public has been told not to get complacent in thinking that direct rule is off the table just because a new government has been sworn in.

This was one of the messages conveyed when another public demonstration against direct rule from London was held yesterday, May 11, 2022.

“I feel like we as a public are under the impression that since our government has made the choice to make this unity government our problems have been fixed and I do think it’s due to a lack of just general education and information around the subject,” young activist Via C. Donovan-Hodge stated.

She said the recommendation of direct rule is not yet off the table, which is why the demonstration is continuing.

“We are still here saying that we do not want direct UK rule. We cannot forget that just because it’s been a week, just because it’s been two weeks, if we don’t get a decision in the next two weeks past that doesn’t mean that it is off the table all of a sudden, so we need to remember not to become lazy and not to become tired in this cause,” Donovan-Hodge stated.

The Government and the Opposition recently formed a coalition government to display the position of the Virgin Islands regarding the possibility of direct rule, as recommended by the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Report.

This may have contributed to the small turnout and the absence of elected representatives at yesterday's second public demonstration.

Yes to UK help; No to direct rule!

The few persons displayed placards expressing clearly they were in favour of UK help to fix some of the issues facing the territory but were not willing to entertain direct rule.

A number of persons addressed the peaceful gathering, including Roxane Tasha Dewindt-Toussaint, Julio S. Henry aka 'Sam', Shaina M. Smith-Archer, Amberly Crabbe, Bevin S. George and Jovan C. Wilson, who recited a poem.

Organisers of the demonstration encouraged those there and the many persons viewing online to educate themselves on the issues.

They also announced the launch of a social media platform, We The People BVI, where they said continuous communication and informing of the masses will continue.

18 Responses to “New Gov't 'doesn't mean direct rule off the table'- Via C. Donovan-Hodge”

  • Chris P Bacon (12/05/2022, 08:22) Like (72) Dislike (7) Reply
    So you're not protesting against your own governments corruption? Who got this country in this mess? Certainly wasn't the UK but they will have to come and help clean it up. These protesters should be embarrassed of themselves.
  • hmmm (12/05/2022, 08:54) Like (10) Dislike (11) Reply
    No Cindy or Pick Moff because no one attending their protest.
  • Cotty (12/05/2022, 08:59) Like (7) Dislike (46) Reply
    Tell Boris and Liz we are not going to lie down and play dead. Stop the BS about UK rule.
  • WOW (12/05/2022, 09:12) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    Huge crowd of demonstrators. I'm sure the media carefully took photos so as not to arouse the rest of us with the size of the rally in favor of continued corruption and dismal government.
  • mad max (12/05/2022, 09:14) Like (35) Dislike (3) Reply
    People who like the sound of their own voices. Not much of an audience though.
  • Lillian (12/05/2022, 09:36) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    everybody had enough from you all!!! no more back to your chains!!! stpuds pple
  • Rubber Duck (12/05/2022, 09:39) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    There were more people at the candy store.
  • education rules (12/05/2022, 09:59) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    No One Reads. Follow the sheep and go to sleep
  • Fools (12/05/2022, 10:27) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Better to be thought a co-conspirator and stay silent than to remove all doubt by protesting, getting photographed and speaking.
  • ... (12/05/2022, 11:30) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply

    Life is not black & white. I agree the protestors should be embarrassed & many locals did not participate due to the said corruption but also due to our history we are owed and owe it to ourselves to not step back into the past. Reading this article brought tears to my eyes. Dont turn away from it read it.

    Similar to the corruption we can not move forward by sweeping history under the rug. Whatever happens needs to be in the best interest of Virgin Islanders & its future generations not the UK or the international community.

    Look at those chains. Chains made for adults & children. Recognize that the highest aspiration considering this traumatic history rightly should be for eventual independence, a final end to the dehumanizing legacy of the transatlantic slave trade.

    The COI has overarching recommendations, good ones.

    However when the Daines, the Dutch & the British brought slaves to these islands that created a OVERARCHING SITUATION that has yet to be rectified. The COI recommends suspending the constitution for 2 years. BUT

    The British have taken an official stance to NEVER apologize for slavery, while in the same breath condemning the horror of slavery.

    Willfulness, Ignorance, Slip of the tongue, or a complete twisting of the tongue? Its as if their mocking us. That gives me pause & raises serious concerns about their integrity, especially considering Andrew Fahie's recent alleged duplicity & his mocking god.

    Probability says he is not the only man with a split tongue & a devious mind. Former slave owners who sit on vast sums of blood money & dont wont to apologize? woah that's not a good look.

    Its shady to the point that it can be compared with the coco fiasco.

    We need balance. A end to corruption but who ever takes the helm should be genuine.
  • BuzzBvi (12/05/2022, 11:36) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    By the numbers shown it is a clear case for Direct Rule
  • 0% (12/05/2022, 12:19) Like (19) Dislike (3) Reply
    I pray that my fellow Virgin Islanders bioth born here and expatratiates understand that the newly formed so called Unity Government are made up of the same people who got us here. We need the system to be purged of the systematic corruption that has plagued us for decades. The majority supports Direct Rule, because we can't have foxes guarding the hen house. So we all know that those protestors are beneficiaries of the corruption. They need to sit down and stop the noise.
  • WHAT!!! (12/05/2022, 12:51) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Did I hear correctly one woman with the microphone say that "we are gods chosen people" please tell me that I heard wrong.
  • i mean (12/05/2022, 12:53) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    How long did they think/expect the UK TO CONTINUE BABYSITTING THE TERRITORY.
  • truthfully (12/05/2022, 13:36) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Whoever decided to not attend, You made the right decision to not attend. They had and have the rights to protest but…………..
  • .... (12/05/2022, 14:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    V I A xoxoxo
  • Flop (12/05/2022, 20:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look like de ting flop????????

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.

Today's Poll

Who would you prefer as the next Premier of the VI?

Which party do you believe will have the most seats following the 2023 general election?

Would the Territory accept another slate of new candidates like in 2019?

Which Statutory Body/Department is the worst run in the VI?


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.