Protestors march for ‘equal opportunity’
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: May 02, 2013
More than 200 demonstrators marched to Rawson Square yesterday, demanding equal opportunities for all Bahamians and pledging to meet in the square every 30 days until the government changes the status quo.
Citizens for Equal Opportunity (CEO) is lobbying for economic and social equality.
CEO member Darold Miller led the march from the Southern Recreation Grounds on Market Street to Rawson Square.
He said the government must begin to bring “reality to the rhetoric of Bahamians first”.
“Don't just talk it,” Miller said.
“I want them to know that we [did not] just come here to go back home. If it is necessary, every 30 days we will come back here. We are going to measure what they do on our behalf.”
Protestors wore T-shirts with the image of the Bahamian flag.
They demonstrated as parliamentarians met in the House of Assembly to debate the bill that would designate Majority Rule Day as a national holiday.
Miller said in order to effect change the people must rise up.
“A time must come when we open that window and throw out the bills that oppress us, the laws that keep us separate and unequal. That time has passed,” Miller said.
“...I don’t want to incite trouble. So don’t go knocking on the doors where the MPs have the loaded guns. Come here to the seat of power and let us communicate with them that we are sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Branville McCartney said he is in full support of the movement.
“I think this is a step in the right direction to let the government of the day know that if they do foolishness, we’re not going to accept,” McCartney said.
Activist and film maker Celi Moss said Bahamians must be united in the effort to gain equality.
“We must not enter into another 40 years the way we ended the last 40 years,” he said.
Miller encouraged protestors to keep the momentum going.
“Do not get weary, stay on course, fight for equality,” he said.
Free National Movement Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis and Deputy Leader Loretta Butler Turner said they support the movement and pledged to keep the government’s feet to the fire.