A crowd too large to count assembled at Lover’s Wall in East
End on Saturday, 25 June, to protest the proposed port development.
“There’s cars parked as far as the eye can see and there are
still people walking up on the horizon to join the main gathering point here,”
said organiser Stephen Broadbelt as the protest got under way. “[It’s] a huge
turnout so far.”
Dressed in white to show bipartisan commitment to their
opposition of the planned development, the crowd eventually stretched the
entire length of the wall.
Demonstrators protested plans for what has been termed a
‘mega quarry’ by the community group Save East End.
“I can’t see anything more than a quarry being proposed,”
said protester Ludlow Buckeridge.
Although Mr. Broadbelt said the protest was meant to be
“non-political”, several Members of the Legislative Assembly were present and
making their opinions heard.
Independent Member for North Side Ezzard Miller, Member for
East End Arden McLean and Leader of the Opposition Alden McLaughlin all spoke
at the event. Second Elected Member for Cayman Brac Moses Kirkconnell was also
Mr. McLean said he was heartened to see so many people in
“It shows… we will not succumb to might over right,” he
Many protesters wore shirts that read: “Some things, and
people, are simply not for sale.” This slogan was repeated by Mr. McLaughlin
during his speech to the protesters.
“We cannot allow ourselves to be bought so cheaply,” Mr.
The main concerns to those who attended the protest revolved
around the uncertainty of the socio-economic and environmental impacts that the
development would have on the district and the country.
“The people of East End have made it quite clear that they
do not want a project of this magnitude, with all of the implications and,
indeed, unknown ramifications, to happen in their district,” said Mr.
Of one thing, however, the protesters seemed certain: If the
development goes ahead, life in East End will be changed forever.