The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) stands in solidarity with the vendors and families that have been negatively impacted by the recent fire outbreak at Potter’s Cay Dock.
In the midst of a health and economic crisis, these individuals are faced with significant challenges and many have lost all their investments.
We have pledged our support to our brothers and sisters whose stalls were damaged as they seek to rebuild and recover from this disaster. In this regard, the DNA secured a dumpster and our members participated in a massive cleanup exercise.
It was heartening to see Bahamians helping Bahamians; united in love and service.
However, it was unfortunate that a peaceful and productive community effort was interrupted by armed police presence, which we understand was based on instructions given to the officers in question.
The number and armed nature of the officers deployed to Potter’s Cay was unwarranted considering the recent spate of crimes in our nation. We believe that this action was designed to intimidate members of the DNA and vendors seeking to make an honest living.
Several vendors lamented the loss of business as a result of directives aimed at discouraging customers from patronizing them.
We will continue to stand with and for the Bahamian people. We commend the Royal Bahamas Police Force officer who apologized for the inconvenience and miscommunication that caused the confusion and anxiety.
It was appropriate to reverse the unreasonable directive, which had the effect of keeping volunteers and patrons away from portions of Potter’s Cay.
Again, we call on the government to make haste to assist the vendors, so that they can get back on their feet. They want a hand up, not handouts.
— Arinthia S. Komolafe
Democratic National Alliance