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PLP denies it organized downtown protest

The Progressive Liberal Party(PLP)yesterday dismissed as”ludicrous”recent claims by the Free National Movement(FNM)that the official opposition organized Wednesday’s rowdy downtown demonstration.

The FNM claimed in a statement released on Thursday that the protest was”filled mostly with(PLP)supporters,”and hundreds of people who clashed with police and barged past barricades set up around the House of Assembly did not represent the majority of Bahamians.

The demonstrators were protesting the sale of 51 percent of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company(BTC)to Cable and Wireless Communications(CWC).

The PLP pushed back yesterday, pointing out in a statement that the demonstration was led by the Committee to save BTC for Bahamians.

“The fact of the matter is that this government’s incredible lack of compassion, understanding and insight into the fundamental needs and concerns of the Bahamian people, and its continued refusal to hear and for that matter feel the needs and concerns of the Bahamian people is shameful,”said the PLP statement.

“No wonder there is a rising tide of popular resentment and discontent in our country today. People are sick and tired of this government. The people have had enough.”

The PLP added:”This discontent is from Bahamians of all stripes, young and old, black and white, middle class and grass roots, men and women who are now coming together with one collective voice to proclaim that enough is enough and that it is time now for the FNM government to pack up and clear out.”

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