A crowd of more than 200 protesters braved the midday sun Tuesday to demonstrate outside the Legislative Assembly.
Most attendees marched or rode buses from the initial meeting point at the George Town Cricket Pitch to gather in the centre of town.
Leader of the Opposition Alden McLaughlin explained to the crowd that the original plan was to protest on the steps of the Legislative Assembly, but that Speaker of the House Mary Lawrence had forbidden the group from assembling there.
“The Speaker forbade us and forbade you from being on those steps,” he said. “That is the kind of arrogance … that is part of the UDP regime.”
Calls for resignation
In addition to concerns regarding proposed development projects, many protesters also called for the resignation of Premier McKeeva Bush as a result of recent reports he is under police investigation.
The crowd chanted “McKeeva must go” and carried signs that read “Bush resign now,” “Push back when Bush comes to shove,” “Chicken cut teeth today bobo” and “What happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas,” among others.
“We are only halfway through the term,” Mr. McLaughlin said. “Lord help us if this continues for another two years. Cayman cannot survive.”
Many protesters said they were concerned with the direction the country was heading.
“I feel that the Cayman Islands is being dragged down the drain, you know?” said protester Esther Ebanks. “We are going to destruction under the leadership of the Premier, and we feel that what he is doing is hurting our country and we must now stand up against his deeds.”
Many protesters were in attendance chiefly to protest proposed development projects.
“I do not agree with the dredging of the North Sound … and I do not agree with the dredging of the East End district,” Ms Ebanks said.
“I think it will hurt many aspects of our country: Our agriculture, our wildlife, our water lens … I think we as Caymanians must now stand up against these things.”
The North Sound dredging, the East End seaport, the Dart deal, and the oil refinery were all topics of concern for protesters.
“McKeeva gave Dart this country,” Lurline Bodden said, expressing her discontent with the proposed agreement between the government and developer Dart Group.
Several demonstrators also had attended the Saturday protest against the proposed East End seaport, and continued outside the Legislative Assembly to protest against what they have labelled a mega quarry.
“I guarantee you there will be no mega quarry in East End,” promised Mr. McLean, vowing to be the first person lying in front of the bulldozers.
“McKeeva cannot flatten us. He has a formidable battle on his hands and I guarantee him that he is going to get it,” Mr. McLean said.
George Town MLA Ellio Solomon, a government backbencher, recently decried Tuesday’s march as “vulture politics” organised by opposition politicians.
“What they’re engaging in is nothing more than a malicious and disruptive campaign of misinformation,” Mr. Solomon said to a group of United Democratic Party supporters Saturday.
Premier Bush told supporters the protest leaders were merely using their followers to try and destroy his government.
“The country must suffer so they can get at me,” the Premier said.
“[The protesters] criticise Mr. [Kenneth] Dart and they curse Mr. Dart, but [George Town MLA] Kurt Tibbetts want to sell him his rum shop,” Mr. Bush said. “That is the hypocrisy that exists.”
Compass journalist Brent Fuller contributed to this report.