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Another BTC unions protest may be in the works

Another demonstration against the sale of a majority stake in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company(BTC)to Cable and Wireless Communications(CWC)may be in the works for Monday, when members return to the House of Assembly to debate the government’s mid-year budget,The Nassau Guardianhas been reliably informed.

Sources said the demonstration was strategically planned and was expected to be larger than the protest that took place on Wednesday.

National Congress of Trade Unions President Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson did not confirm or deny that the labour organization was planning another demonstration, but she said that the unions must keep the pressure on in the fight to save BTC from being sold.

Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union President Bernard Evans said he knew nothing of another demonstration.

But he said that if one was being planned he would gladly participate if it would save BTC from being sold.

“The union knows nothing about any demonstration,”Evans said.

“We have put it in the people’s hands. If the people do not want to take it over then what can I say.”

During Wednesday’s demonstration, hundreds of protestors fought with police on Bay Street.

A series of clashes occurred as the demonstrators forcefully removed barricades the police had set up to block them from entering Parliament Square.

Police officers had to form a human chain to keep protesters from storming the House of Assembly, where the doors were locked to prevent disruptions.

The police estimated that between 700 and 800 demonstrators turned out.

The rowdy group shouted for Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham to resign his post for pressing ahead with the sale.

The protestors, many of whom were wearing political attire, carried placards slamming the government for the proposed sale and calling on CWC to pull out of the deal.

Similar clashes occurred during a demonstration in early December.

Wednesday’s demonstration included ordinary Bahamians, trade unionists and political operatives.

Asked about a demonstration planned for next week, Bahamas Communications Public Managers Union(BCPMU)President William Carroll said:”You will hear if we do.”

 

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