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Room for protests

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

Room for protests

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The Minister of Culture is all for peaceful protests in the island.
But, said Minister Stephen Lashley, who was speaking at a ceremony to mark Emancipation Day and to declare Bridgetown Market open yesterday, with peaceful protests come great responsibility.
He said because of the fight of the island’s black ancestors in the 1937 riots, Barbadians now enjoyed a number of freedoms which, he said, they took for granted.
“Without these freedoms, without the ability to speak in either protest within the law or to affirm your dignity to respect them, emancipation is an empty word and that is why I have a view that there should be nothing wrong with peaceful protests,” he said. (HLE)