COVID-19: Thousands march in Barbados and Antigua against vaccine coercion

Thousands march in Barbados against vaccine coercion

The marchers gathered in Independence Square (Barbados Nation/Reco Moore photo)

The marchers gathered in Independence Square (Barbados Nation/Reco Moore photo)

(Barbados Nation) – Almost 2,000 people, mostly dressed in white, took to the streets of Bridgetown this morning to show their disapproval of mandatory and coerced vaccination in Barbados.         

They walked from Pelican Village to Independence Square in about 40 minutes.

  •  “We have rights”, “We ain’t taking the vaccine”    

The walk started at 9 a.m. and along the journey, some people carried placards while others shouted “We have rights”, “We ain’t taking the vaccine” and quoted lyrics from Bob Marley’s Stand Up For Your Rights.       

Motorists honked their horns in support of the activity as the walkers passed through lower and upper Broad Street.

At the end of the route, student minister of the Nation of Islam, Abdul Rahman, who is a part of the organising body of the walk – the Barbados Concerned Citizens Against Mandated and Coerced Vaccination (BCCAMCV) – gave a speech and shortly afterwards police asked the crowd to disburse just before 10 a.m.

However, a large section of the crowd decided to extend the protest.

Hundreds of people left Independence Square, heading to Jubilee Gardens, where they circled and went onto Tudor Street.

A number of police officers followed the group.

The walkers eventually ended up on Harbour Road where two of the popular members of the Rastafarian Progressive Movement – Lumumba Batson and Emmanuel Beryllia – were pulled aside for a few minutes.

A swarm of police officers arrived at the scene including members of the task force.

After pausing in that area for a while, the walkers continued to Pelican Village, where they eventually dispersed

Antiguan police teargas anti-vaccination protesters

Antigua and Barbuda police on Sunday afternoon fired teargas on hundreds of protesters who massed in the capital, St. John’s, despite a stern warning by National Security Minister Steadroy Benjamin not to violate police’s refusal to give permission.

“Antigua and Barbuda will never be allowed to become a lawless society so if a small group of persons believe that law enforcement will back down when their breach is unlawful behaviour, then they have another thing coming,” he said a day earlier.

Antigua Newsroom reports that the Police Commissioner had refused to allow the Freedom Fighters for Antigua and Barbuda [FFFA&BA] to hold the march.

This is the third major unrest in the Caribbean against efforts by governments to pressure their populations to take the COVID-19 vaccine; the first having been last week Thursday when the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves sustained a head injury by a projectile that had been lobbed by anti-vax protester.

St Vincent and the Grenadines Opposition Leader Godwin Friday has endorsed the protest but has condemned the attack on Dr. Gonsalves.

Guyana’s opposition has so far held smaller protests confined largely to the Square of the Revolution in Georgetown, although there have been small pockets of protests in a small number of East Coast Demerara villages and in Linden. For them, the vaccination process is just one of their grievances.

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  • beautifulbarbadosblog  On 08/12/2021 at 5:57 am

    I do think this is opportunism at its political worse. I question the forces behind the protests as they make this subject a political football lowering the tone of debate.

  • neena maiya  On 08/16/2021 at 5:15 pm

    I cannot belief how we’re being fooled to risk our health in this manner.

    The anti-vaccine propaganda began years ago, long before covid-19. An Englishman began spouting the idea that vaccines caused all sorts of illnesses. He had no scientific proof. But as with anything with humans, once an idea is planted, no matter how false it is, it sticks with some.

    Thus the anti-vaccine movement took hold. Manufacturers of “health” products have made millions thanks to this movement – selling products and books and making speeches.

    Look how they have us like pappy-show now.

  • wally n  On 08/16/2021 at 6:31 pm

    This is so confusing, everything going in so many different directions, I can understand why people are worried
    Is this fake news?? from Denmark
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