Community members in Grand Cayman were galvanized by several causes during the course of 2011, as throngs of individuals came out to have their say on the issues.
In the month of June alone there were four protests on the Island. Among these included a large gathering at the Seven Mile Beach on 26 June, during which job seekers registered for employment and showed their support for Premier McKeeva Bush in response to protests the day before in East End and another set in George Town days later by political opponents.
A crowd too large to count by most accounts had gathered along Lover’s Wall in East End on 25 June to protest plans for a mega quarry. The event, which was organised by the Save East End Community Group, featured the North Side Independent MLA Ezzard Miller, East End MLA Arden McLean and Leader of the Opposition Alden McLaughlin as guest speakers.
Protesters wore shirts that read, “Some things and some people are simply not for sale.” Their main concern was centred around the uncertainty of the socioeconomic and environmental impacts that development of the East End port would have on the community.
“… We will not succumb to might over right,” Mr. McLean said.
On 28 June, there was more unrest as protesters took to George Town, marching from the George Town cricket pitch to the centre of George Town, where Opposition Leader Alden McLaughlin told them the original plan to protest on the steps of the Legislative Assembly was forbidden by the Speaker of the House.
In addition to concerns regarding proposed development projects, many protestors also called for the resignation of Premier McKeeva Bush, whose investigation by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service had come to light.
Another protest in Grand Cayman during the year was the Silent Witness March, which saw several people come together on 18 October.
The event, organised by the Business and Professional Women’s Club, is meant to bring attention to the scourge of domestic violence and violence against women and children.
Participants of the Silent Witness March held red silhouettes to represent women killed in the Cayman Islands and around the world.
According to organisers, 88 women sought shelter at the crisis centre between 2008 and 2009. That number increased to 92 between 2009 and 2010 and between 2010 and July 2011, there has been more than 100 women in need of the shelter.