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Some residents of Sandy Bay beat pieces of metal and other implements as the New Democratic Party (NDP) held a rally in the area with U.S.-based Garifuna leaders from Belize.
The rally was held as the NDP pushes ahead with its proposal to make all Garifunas honorary citizens of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) if the party wins the general elections later this year.
Some of the protesters, all of whom were located some distance away from the location of the rally, were dressed in Unity Labour Party campaign t-shirts and shouted in support of the party.
None of them were willing to speak on camera.
“Me nah know wha’ to say,” one woman told I-Witness News off-camera, adding, “Sharer dead”, a reference to the NDP’s candidate for North Windward, Lauron “Sharer” Baptiste.
Baptiste, a first-time candidate, is seeking to unseat the ULP’s Montgomery Daniel, who is seeking a fourth consecutive term in office.
Speaking at Sunday’s rally, Baptiste, a former national cricketer, said he was born in Trench Town, the area of Sandy Bay were the rally was held.
He said he practised his fast bowling on the very spot where the rally was held.
“So I am a born Sandy Bay man, and nobody who we give a visa to, like Montgomery Daniel — because we give him a visa, he is originally from Point — could never run a Sandy Bay man out of Sandy Bay,” Baptiste said to cheers,” Baptiste said.
Visiting Garifuna leaders Professor Wellington Ramos and Joseph Guerrero along with Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace and agrarian Clive “Bish-I” Bishop also addressed the rally.