Multiple people were arrested on Tuesday morning after they protested outside Super Value on East Street on Tuesday morning.
The protest, which was streamed live on Facebook, was organized by Operation Sovereign Bahamas. The group protested the restrictive measures announced by Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis last night, among other emergency orders.
Several protesters lamented the harsh economic conditions many people find themselves in as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Others said they don’t have enough supplies at home, including food and pampers for their babies.
“This is not democratic,” one man shouted. “This is communism.”
Police handcuffed and arrested several people during the live feed.
“I have my children home hungry,” another woman shouted.
“All these people in these high places, they can eat.”
Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle said the protestors who demonstrated this morning did not seek his permission to do so.
“We are in the midst of a lockdown,” he told The Nassau Guardian.
“Anybody wishing to demonstrate in the streets needs to get permission from the commissioner of police. No permission was sought.”
Last night during a national address, Minnis announced a more strict and aggressive lockdown for New Providence, amid rising COVID-19 numbers.
The new seven-day lockdown, which took effect immediately, resulted in the closures of many businesses that were previously deemed essential.
Minnis warned that anyone found on the streets without permission would be arrested and subject to fines.