Marc Bean: “The OBA Must Withdraw The Bill”

March 15, 2016

“With protests and labour withdrawals scheduled to continue, the OBA must withdraw the bill and join with Bermudians in bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform,” Opposition Leader Marc Bean said this morning.

Mr Bean’s comments follow after yesterday’s gathering, which saw people surround the House of Assembly building with their arms interlocked, blocking MPs access to the building and resulting in the session of the House being cancelled. Yesterday marked the second day of withdrawal of labour, which is continuing for the third day today, with people starting to gather at the House earlier this morning.

Marc Bean Bermuda March 15 2016

Mr Bean said, “Yesterdays demonstration at the House of Assembly, which saw MPs barred from entering Parliament was an example of democracy at work that would be irresponsible for the OBA to ignore.

“Thousands of concerned Bermudians made history while gathering and locking arms in peace, love and solidarity around the House of Assembly. All in an effort to have the OBA’s Bermuda Immigration Act withdrawn.

“Thousands gathered understanding the profound impact that this legislation will have on Bermudians for generations to come. Thousands gathered in support of Enda Matthie who remains on Hunger Strike outside Parliament until it is dissolved.

“Thousands gathered willing to do whatever is necessary to safeguard our children’s future.

People lined up at the House Of Assembly yesterday

“With protests and labour withdrawals scheduled to continue, the OBA must withdraw the bill and join with Bermudians in bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform,” Mr Bean added.

“We understand the anomalies that exist within our immigration framework, and know that if we take a bipartisanship approach, we can solve these matters while still ensuring that Bermudians remain first in our own country.

“To my fellow Bermudians, I commend you for standing up, and encourage you to continue to do so as we endeavour to make our island home one of peace, love and prosperity for all Bermudians and not just a select few.”

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