Written by Loshaun Dixon Posted On: Sunday, 20 May 2012
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Basseterre, St. Kitts,(Saturday 19th May, 2012)-Friday’s march against high electricity rates in St. Kitts has been described as an important turning point that may have succeeded in forging closer and stronger ties of solidarity amongst the island’s citizenry.
This view is apparently supported by one of the key figures behind the march, Mr. Dwyer Astaphan, who believes that the protest brought unity amongst the people, whom he said are the power of any democracy.
Astaphan said that what the march did was allowed people of all walks of life, to share their experiences with the younger generation and it also glued the people together around issues that are negatively impacting their daily existence.
He said through the march, many more people, some who would not ordinarily be making public statements, were able to demonstrate just how frustrated they have become, not only on the electricity issue, but against corruption, the high cost of living and the need for integrity in public life, regardless of which party is in Government.
The former government minister reminded the public that it is the citizens, the tax payers, who hold the power and not the Prime Minister. He therefore urged them to demand that their government take immediate measures to alleviate the poor conditions of the people and find urgent means to reduce their electricity costs.
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