Opponents of a proposed 10 per cent payroll tax on work permit holders in the Cayman Islands are organising a peaceful protest Monday evening.
The demonstration is set to occur at 7pm Monday outside Mary Miller Hall in Red Bay.
The time has been set just half-an-hour before a government meeting planned by Premier McKeeva Bush as an informational gathering for those wanting to know more about the taxation issue.
“This is your chance to speak out against Big Mac’s [referring to Premier Bush] crazy decision to introduce the ‘community enhancement fee’,” local businessman Nick Pitman wrote on a Facebook page concerning the event. “Bring your friends, placards, banners and a nice non-aggressive attitude.
“Let’s show him how much we love Cayman and how we feel he is killing this beautiful place we call home, hurting the very people he claims to protect.”
Proposals by Mr. Bush’s government on various topics have been met with public protests over the last few years, including the proposed divestment of the government office building, the proposed East End port and the proposed closure of a section of West Bay Road along Seven Mile Beach. However, most of those demonstrations have been led by Caymanians and members of local groups politically opposed to Mr. Bush’s government.
So far, according to the Facebook page, 258 people have confirmed they will attend the Monday event; a fair number of them are expatriates. Expatriate workers cannot vote in the Cayman Islands and are typically do not get overly involved in local politics.
The Facebook page organising the protest is called ‘protest the premier over his prejudiced expat tax’.