Eight hundred protestors in Bahamas ‘people power’ surge

[Jisela Rodriguez, Caribbean News Contributor]

In Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, cash-queen  of the Caribbean, around 800 protestors in a dramatic show of ‘people power’, battled with police this week in a continuing saga based on their demand for the resignation of the current Prime Minister, Hubert Ingraham.

The government had agreed the sale of a majority stake in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) to UK Communications giant, Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) which has been widely unpopular.  As a result, this week, throngs of angry protestors were in the streets of Nassau calling for the resignation of Ingraham for continuing with the sale despite popular objections.

Police were reported to have formed a human security barricade to keep the protestors from invading the country’s House of Assembly and its doors had been locked as a security measure. Opposition MPs are claiming that they have been locked out from the proceedings of the House.


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