Vendors tear down the fence at the Cabbage Beach entrance point on Casino Drive.
By RICARDO WELLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE clashed with Cabbage Beach vendors and protestors for the second consecutive day on Tuesday morning after FNM and DNA political factions led a group from Sidney Poitier Bridge to the Paradise Island beach.
Amidst chants of "tear this fence down", angry demonstrators tore down the recently constructed fence blocking one of two access points to the beach. The fence was erected on Monday.
Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr Hubert Minnis called this morning's effort "a sure sign" that Bahamians were fed up with the empty promises offered by the Christie administration.
"People power is alive and well," he said. "Once the people stand together only positive things can happen."
Democratic National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney stated that Tuesday's demonstration ought to be viewed as apolitical, suggesting that the rights and livelihood of Bahamians being threatened takes priority over any political faction.
"What you see here today are a number of persons who are here, you see PLPs out here who are fed up with what is going on. This should never ever, ever, ever happen in a modern Bahamas," he said.
The former Bamboo Town MP said the move to close the easement that provides vendors access to Cabbage Beach gives the impression that the rights of Bahamians can be traded for wealth.
In a statement released Tuesday morning the government stated that the sales agreement between Access Industries and Brookfield required Brookfield to close the existing beach path adjacent to the Riu resort and relocate to the access point located on Brookfield-owned property on Garden Drive off of Paradise Island Drive.
The statement indicated that in response to a direct request from Prime Minister Perry Christie, Access Industries has agreed to permit the beach path adjacent to the Riu to remain open for a period of time to allow the prime minister to work personally on finding an alternative solution for the beach vendors who currently work that area of Cabbage Beach.