Letter: Rawson Square would have detracted from the ‘We March’
Jan 5, 2017 - 12:41:55 AM
address the following open letter to Ranard Henfield and other
organizers of the upcoming historic second installment of the ‘We March’
First of all, let me say that
I salute you, and all the patriotic Bahamians who stand with you, for
the courage and strength of spirit that you have all displayed in
marching to rescue the future of this country for the benefit of
generations of Bahamians yet to come.
It has been a long time
coming; in my more than 40 years of activism in The Bahamas I have never
had so much hope for the future as I do now, thanks to the many young
Bahamians like yourself who have taken up the challenge of citizen
action and declared they will no longer stand by and watch as the
country slips into the abyss of lawlessness, petty politics, greed and corruption.
goes without saying that the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association
(GBHRA) is 100 per cent behind the We March movement, both what it
stands for and what it hopes to achieve.
Let me also say that I
was very critical of the government’s earlier move to deny We March a
permit to march to Rawson Square on January 10 and was overjoyed to
learn that you have been granted approval for a new route and destination.
the initial denial of a permit, I applaud your courage in insisting
that you will march on regardless. You have refused to succumb when faced with obstacles,
recognizing them instead for what they are – a strong affirmation that
your movement is truly a force to contend with.
In this spirit
of fortitude and perseverance, you and your group remind me of the nation’s
forefathers and so it is truly appropriate that your second march
coincides with Majority Rule Day.
I am also very happy to learn that
you have rethought your original response to the permit denial, which
was to march to Rawson Square regardless.
In my opinion, mingling
with the other marchers in the center of town would have been a
mistake, as it would have denied our group of thousands the dynamic
legitimacy it deserves and would have detracted from the enlightened and
crucial messages we will deliver.
Additionally, it would have
been a shame to have scared off any of our beloved friends and fellow
peaceful marchers for fear of violent encounters with some who may be
planted in both groups with the intention of creating havoc.
I feel that Pompey Square is an appropriately meaningful and historic
assembly spot and will make this march even more outstanding and
momentous than it was already destined to be.
Thanks my brother,
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