Motorists honked their horns and some residents stood on the sidewalk clapping as scores of demonstrators took to the streets of Bridgetown this morning demanding that Government scrap the Municipal Solid Waste Tax.
They also called for a change in administration.
“How long have you been silent?”, shouted the woman leading the march.
“Too long!” was the vigorous response.
The two-hour march, which began just after 10 am, was organised by activist Robert Bobby Clarke.
He was disappointed with the turnout, attributing this to a “sense of fear” among residents.
“People know they’re suffering with the new tax that they can’t pay and they’re still not coming out,” he told Barbados TODAY.
“We are saying the tax shouldn’t be there at all. We cannot run a government on taxation and we’ve done that for the last 50 years. We keep taxing the poor. We tax the poor the same as we tax the rich and the poor people are the ones who go out to vote,” he said.
Among those marching were opposition Members of Parliament Cynthia Forde and Trevor Prescod, and University of the West Indies lecturer Dr Tennyson Joseph.