Photos: Protest Gathering At House of Assembly

March 12, 2016

Following the People’s Campaign’s call for an “island-wide withdrawal of labour” as a “show of people power and island-wide solidarity appealing to the Government” to not table the immigration bill, crowds of people gathered on Friday for a day-long protest.

The withdrawal of labour resulted in the suspension of bus, ferry and garbage collection services on Friday, and while public services resumed again this morning, protesters intend to gather again outside the Union again on Monday, which means service interruptions may occur again.

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People gathered outside the BIU headquarters early in the morning, then marched to the House of Assembly, then marched to Cabinet, marched back to the House, then made their way back to the BIU building, with the police maintaining a visible presence throughout.

During Friday’s session of Parliament, Opposition Leader Marc Bean asked Premier Michael Dunkley if the Government’s position on the Pathways to Status immigration initiative would change given the withdrawal of labour, with the Premier indicating that the Government’s position “remains the same.”

Since Pathways was announced last month, there have been multiple protests held, and tomorrow evening an event is scheduled to show support for the initiative, with the “We Support a Pathway to Bermuda Status” group set to hold a candlelight vigil at the Cabinet Grounds at 7.00pm.

You can follow all our live updates on the matter over the weekend and again on Monday here.

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  1. Build a Better Bermuda says:

    For having the unions involved in a labour withdrawal I would have expected more people. With 1430 signatures against the Pathways initiative and 3823 signatures for the Pathways initiative are the OBA not listening to the people? Don’t the PLP always demand that the OBA listen to the will of the people?

    • Smh says:

      Let’s be real Most of the signatures on the pathways petition are from people who are NOT Bermudians nor registered voters. Only true way to tell how people feel is to have a referendum or go to the polls!!!

      • Hair says:

        To Smh,I’m a Bermudian (WHITE) and go back to the 1800′s.. I signed, bring it on!!

      • Build a Better Bermuda says:

        Your reachin and making a personal assumption out of ideological denial, but let’s say there are non Bermudian signatories, and I will grant you that posibility, but not the scale you desire. Any non Bermudian that did sign is a high probability of being some one who would be eligible for status, so if they have been here and contributing that long, far as I am concerned, their opinion matters too. They should have the right to vote by now.

    • Garrus says:

      Hi people! No matter what “side” you are on– take a moment to enjoy this fine night. Wether you dig P.E. or Mozart or both we can all take a moment to walk in our neighbours shoes- we are all more alike than dissimilar! Peace & Love Bermuda! There’s goodness in everyone, even if we can’t always agree on the ways forward:)

  2. Can't wait says:

    So you are saying there will be 3863 for the candle light vigil for the pathways initiative. Let’s see how many show up…it would be good to put a face to those who write the hateful comments on this site

    • Mr. Orange says:

      maybe that is why they will do it in the dark…

    • Come Correct says:

      How may I ask will you do that if you don’t know who they are? Why have you not addressed the hateful comments from the other side? I’ll post them up for you if you like. Right, “it’s ok when we do it”.

      • Can't wait says:

        Please post them and I will post ALL of your hateful omes

        • Come Correct says:

          Departure Speech says:

          March 4, 2016

          There is no begging going on. Pack your bags and head on home to whereever you cave you crawled in from. Don’t keep checking just move on. We don’t need you and if you think it not so then just quickly leave and see how replaceable you are and how quick we forget you. So don’t get hit by the PINK BUS on the way out because you are EXPENDABLE but it will save us left if we don’t have to bury you and you tarnish our soil any further. BYE and DON’T COME BACK !!!

        • Come Correct says:

          Eyes wide shut says:

          March 13, 2016

          I can tell you if you don’t already know why they hired you, because you don’t have any real ties to Bermuda,and they can fire you without any notice, they pay you s#__t money, treat you like a dog, and know you will never strike cause this ain’t your battle, you are here to make money bottom line, so why don’t you shut your trap door and do what you where brought here to do SLAVE!!

  3. wow says:

    How is any of this raciest?

    has Chris Furbert ever gone to a meeting without the look of anger on him

    if you do you well why worry ?

  4. Turtle says:

    There was not more than 250 people!!! AND that dont represent 64.750 of Bermudians population…. Is a joke!!! Hope our taxes dont go to those people

  5. I also see it that way,”Turtle” :-(
    “250 people!!! AND that don’t represent 64.750 of Bermudians population…It’s a joke!!!”

    • Why are the O.B.A. putting up with all his B.S. allowing him to instigate so much disruption? “The blind leading the damn blind?”…Deport the trouble maker A.S.A.P.

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