The Democratic Labour Party (DLP) said it would get on with the business of the country while the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) marched through the streets in protest.
The BLP contended that the Freundel Stuart administration had mishandled the country’s affairs and that Barbadians had been worse off as a result.
It said today’s protest action was a “walk for justice” to send a clear message to Government that Barbadians had had enough.
However, DLP Senator Jepter Ince dismissed the Opposition’s argument, insisting that the administration had done a good job.
Speaking in the courtyard of Parliament yesterday as Barbadians began trekking to the assembly point in The City for the “white march”, Ince told Barbados TODAY while the Mia Mottley-led BLP had a right to walk, Government had a mandate to manage the country.
“We came to the people of Barbados and we stated categorically that we want to manage a country that is environmentally sound, socially balanced, economically viable [and] characterized by good governance; and that is what we are demonstrating to the people of Barbados under the astute leadership of the Honourable Prime Minister Freundel Stuart,” he said.
Clearly at variance with the DLP senator, Opposition Member of Parliament for St Thomas Cynthia Forde accused the Stuart-led administration of poor governance.
“Too many Barbadians are hurting. We have had such poor governance by this Democratic Labour Party administration in a number of areas but particularly when it comes to unemployment and the cutting of budgets in health and education and the dislocation of Barbadians,” Forde told Barbados TODAY.
She also contended that the many taxes imposed by the administration had made it difficult for Barbadians to make ends meet.
“Barbadians have been taxed to the maximum as a result of the high cost of living that this Government does not intend to treat to. And to top it off for them to ask for the ten per cent increase I think that that really is the worst scenario for Barbadians,” she stressed.
Hundreds of Barbadians joined the march from Heroes Square, The City, to Browne’s Beach, a stone’s throw away from the Office of the Prime Minister on Upper Bay Street, where the regular Cabinet meeting was under way.