[xml][/xml]
The Bahamas Weekly Facebook The Bahamas Weekly Twitter
Bahamian Politics Last Updated: May 7, 2015 - 7:57:38 AM


Remembering BlackTuesday
By Progressive Liberal Party
Apr 27, 2010 - 2:27:03 PM

Email this article
 Mobile friendly page


Statement from the Progressive Liberal Party

On The Anniversary of Black Tuesday

 
26th April 2010

Tuesday 27th 1965 was a special day in the history of our Party and our country.  It was the day that the late Sir Lynden Pindling, the then Leader of the Opposition and later Prime Minister threw the Speaker's mace from the east window of the House of Assembly to protest the gerrymandering boundaries  by the then governing United Bahamian Party.  The day is known in history as Black Tuesday.  Tuesday 27th 2010 is the 45th anniversary of Black Tuesday.  The demonstration appeared to be spontaneous at the time but it was not.  Throwing the mace out of the window was a carefully orchestrated plan by the PLP's leaders at the time to demonstrate their position on the right to a fair and equal distribution of boundaries. 
 
The election of 10th January 1967 was fought on the boundaries set in 1965.  The PLP demonstrated against the backdrop of their loss in 1962  to the UBP which came about because the number of seats in the then called Out Islands exceeded the number of seats in New Providence where the majority of the population lived.   That resulted in the PLP winning the popular vote in 1962 but losing the general election because they lost the seat count.  The PLP determined that  with the new Constitution of the country in place, the boundaries had to be fairly drawn.
 
The Mace as later repaired by the government from funds raised by the public.  No prosecutions ensued from the event.  But the event catapulted the then Leader of the Opposition Lynden Pindling into greater national prominence as a man of courage and foresight.  The late Sir Milo Butler Sr. threw the Speaker's hour glass out of window as a protest against the limitation of speaking time in the House.
 
The PLP remembers the day and pays tribute to the national heroes and heroines who joined the party in the public square such as the late Ena Hepburn and the now Mrs. Effie Walkes on that day 27th April 1965. Also there were retired Governor General Arthur  Hanna and now Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes.

Bookmark and Share




© Copyright 2010 by thebahamasweekly.com

Top of Page

Receive our Top Stories



Preview | Powered by CommandBlast

Bahamian Politics
Latest Headlines
Torchbearer’s Youth Association Announces National Youth Convention
FNM Chairmen's statement on PM's eagerness for another term
An Open Letter to the Prime Minister
Sidney Collie: PLP Running on Their Failed Policies
“Our teachers deserve the best we have to offer," says Jeffrey Lloyd
DNA Southern Shores candidate, Ethric Bowe resigns
PLP congratulates gov't on landmark airspace agreement
DNA Ratifies Nine Candidates
Gadville McDonald on Cat Island and the PLP Government
Minnis: Prime Minister remains suspiciously quiet on the details of the secret Baha Mar deal
FNM: Fishing Hole anotherreminder of PLP’s broken promises and last minute flam
Sidney Collie on Minister Fitzgerald and the Baha Mar deal
DNA: Your Vote - Your Voice
National Address by FNM Leader, the Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis
Sidney Collie on PLP Government and the Family Islands
Senator Julian Russell to apply to run as candidate for PLP Central Grand Bahama
United People’s Movement on Bahamas' UN Vote
FNM Chairman: Government Voter Disenfranchisement
The Bahamas Road to Majority Rule and Independence
Sidney Collie: PLP Hiding from their Horrible 2016
Ginger Moxey applies to run as PLP candidate for Central Grand Bahama
Disappointment in Butler-Turner's Senate Appointments
Peter Turnquest on the Drop in Prime Rate by the Central Bank
DNA: Hope for the Holidays & Beyond
FNM Ratifies Two New Candidates
FNM Deputy Leader responds to Minister Gibson's comments
Four New Senators Sworn In at Government House
The Bahamas at Junk Bond Status: The Prime Minister must address the Nation
Dr. Minnis: S & P downgrading The Bahamas credit rating to junk status
Peter Turnquest on S&P Downgrading The Bahamas Credit Rating
Marvin Dames celebrates Christmas with Mount Moriah
DNA: Deficit Widens, The Bahamas Sinks Deeper in Debt
Dr. Minnis: PLP’s New Political Ploy with FOIA
Turnquest: FNM Will Fight for Casino Workers' Severance Pay and PLP Minister Knows Better
FNM Deputy Leader statement on the Treasure Bay Casino
Sidney Collie on Appointment of DNA Leader as Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate
The DNA is not disbanding says Chairman
Branville McCartney appointed Opposition leader in Senate by Loretta Butler-Turner
Peter Turnquest: The Grand Celebration
Dr. Hubert Minnis, FNM Party Leader statement on "abuse of democratic process"