Protesters push back against East End port

 

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
in attendance.

Mr. McLean said he was heartened to see so many people in
attendance.

“It shows… we will not succumb to might over right,” he
said.

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.
McLaughlin said.

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.
McLaughlin.

Of one thing, however, the protesters seemed certain: If the
development goes ahead, life in East End will be changed forever.

 

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Protesters gathered at Lover’s Wall in East End on Saturday to protest the proposed port development in the district.
Hannah Reid

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6 COMMENTS

  1. I went out and read the petition website, and then one thing I noticed is that it’s very instagative. I basically paints a picture of this project as something that will have absolutely no economical impact on the island and will totally destroy the East End as well as then water lense and any aquatic Life in the area.It implies the Bush himself is basically intent on destroying the East End. Although I am not former against the Port at time. It seems like a lot of statement are being made just to help the opposition of the project gain momentum and support. I think that if this project had no potential negative impacts it would still be opposed. I think the East Enders just do not want the landscape changed on their side of the island.

  2. I bet probably atleast half of those protesting have jobs and are not from East End or were originally from East End and relocated to somewhere else on the island because nothing nah going on down yeh.
    I love my East End people as much as anyone else on the island but oppen your eyes and see the benefit, the employment, the business opportunities, the equity from having your property values increase from this project.

    The cargo operations at the George Town port have to be relocated as part of the new cruise port in George Town. There is no room for it there. Its a eyesore as much as the dump is. Every midday tourists line up in the hot sun waiting to board looking at containers. I wouldnt want to be in their shoes.

    Yes it will cost a bit more to have the containers moved to East End but that simply means it would employ more truckers.

    I heard people talking about the petrochemical storage there being at risk from hurricanes and what not. It would be a lot more safer in East End with properly designed facilities than having it in a residential nieghborhood minutes away from town where it is now.

  3. This is proof that our beloved country is divided by politics.30,000 signatures and 500 people can show up to support good faith politicians in fighting Imperado with his big dredging project. And I agree as long as it is a threat to islanders it should be protested. BUT these same people complain every day that there are no jobs for Caymanians and yet not one of them have the will to organize a march to save jobs for themselves. I guess they are waiting for the Chuckster or Alden to do this for them. Well don’t hold your breath. Alden don”t care if you work or stand in the Social Service Line. He’s drawing a big salary monthly, and his colonial minded x-pat employer tells him what to do, and it does not include jobs for Caymanians. A leader of Government business or party leader cannot be a legislator who who has an employer in the private sector. He himself MUST BE SELF EMPLOYED, If he has a boss, God help you!
    We can all agree that something is definitely wrong with the thinking of our dear people who continue to elect these kinds of leadership that cause you to risk your life in the hot steaming sun protesting, when you are the one that hired them to work for you and you are paying their salary!
    Does it really make sense to you or Cayman’s legislators to represent people who don’t have enough sense to fight even for their livelihood? Making an honest living in their own country where they are being denied daily? I’d say this dysfunctional way of thinking invokes local politicians to run for office for the wrong reasons. We give them no good reason to work for us. People are not serious about employment but they are serious about politics! It is no wonder the elected government and its cabinet continue to work for big corporations and wealthy developers. The Caymanian people do not give their legislators any work to do for them So the wealthy people put them to work and write their job description. Yes we the silly ignorant people vote them in, elect them with our huge numbers turn out at the poles on election day. But by midnight the wealthy developers are handing them their job description!
    I’d like to know I’m making an impact pounding the internet fighting for jobs for Caymanians but as it looks, they would rather turn out by the hundreds to prevent a big hole being dug out in East End, which is a reasonable and good cause. In addition provide a whopping 30,000 signatures as well! But for God’s sake isn’t fighting and protesting for jobs and demanding jobs in your own country more important? No wonder X-pats disrespect Caymanians and walk all over them. We do not respect ourselves enough to defend jobs for ourselves. We have displaced our priorities and consequently Politicians have no choice but to work for wealthy people who know what they want. We don’t
    Sad, sad, Case. It seems like the days of good representation for he people of these Islands is over unless a miracle takes place in our minds. A revolutionary way of thinking needs to take place. We may start by abolishing the party system so we can enable our minds to think soberly one more time.
    God bless Cayman.

  4. I read a comment by Bodden in another forum and you keep making a lot of political ideological statements using words and phrases cautioning how we the people think and feel about the UDP government. But strangely enough, I have yet to hear you even once criticize the actions of this premier. You appear to be extremely biased in your position. As you are indeed an expert on legislation, and a political pundit you will agree that this current premier has indeed gone out of his way to disconnect and ignore the wishes of the people of the Cayman Islands and is consistently being manipulated and controlled by the rich and wealthy living away from us. We all take note that registration of the unemployed during a political rally speaks volumes to the integrity of a political party and is nothing short of a political stunt or shall we say political grand standing?
    Bodden, what do you have to say about jobs for our people?