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Sears Calls For Plp To Embrace We March Bahamas

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Alfred Sears

By SANCHESKA DORSETT

Tribune Staff Reporter

sdorsett@tribunemedia.net

FORMER Attorney General Alfred Sears on Monday called for the leaders of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) to “embrace” the We March Bahamas movement rather than attempting to “suppress the group by flexing their muscles.”

Mr Sears told a morning radio talk show the people are not interested in the government being petty and said it would be a “grave mistake” for the party to “ignore the voice of the people.”

Activist group We March Bahamas and the PLP have been at odds since We March staged a massive protest on November 25, 2016, where more than a thousand people marched from Arawak Cay to downtown Nassau. A large group of protesters also occupied Rawson Square for 12 hours as part of the demonstration.

The group has planned another march on Majority Rule Day, January 10, which conflicts with the PLP's march to cerebrate the 50th Anniversary of the historic day.

PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts and lead organiser of We March Ranard Henfield have also exchanged harsh words.

Mr Henfield has alleged he was approached by two gang leaders who claimed they were told to get the “streets” to march with the PLP instead of We March Bahamas.

In response, Mr Roberts said Mr Henfield needed to "get his head examined".

In an interview on Hot 91.7 FM’s “Morning Madhouse” with host “C-Note”, Mr Sears said: "The We March organisers have expressed deep disquiet within the Bahamas and while I am a member of the PLP I have to as a person who loves the Bahamas acknowledge that we are on the wrong path, rather than reacting by trying to suppress what I consider to be a democratic dissent, we ought to embrace them and if we were the opposition we would be seeking to exploit the We March movement ourselves.

"I think it would be grave mistake not to grapple with the opinions being expressed.... I am calling for the leaders in the PLP to reach out and embrace We March and to engage in a conversation. I know how difficult it is and you want to flex your muscle and carry a narrative of success but I think that our young people aren't interested being petty. They want to see a country where people can sit with a shared patriotism and a shared vision for the future and this particular event around majority rule, demand that we show the kind of maturity that Stafford Sands and Henry Milton Taylor."

Ahead of the group’s first demonstration, Prime Minister Perry Christie agreed to meet with Mr Henfield to discuss the group’s 23 list of demands, however Mr Henfield refused to meet with the prime minister.

Last week, Mr Henfield extended an invitation to Mr Roberts for the two groups to march together for “one loftier goal,” but Mr Roberts declined the offer. A few days later, Mr Henfield said he never really intended to march with the PLP.

We March Bahamas plans to march from the Clifford Park/Western Esplanade areas along Bay Street to Pompey Square at 10am. The march is part of a protest against the government and the status quo.

Meanwhile, the governing party, which will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the historic day, will march at 7am from Windsor Park ending at the Southern Recreation Grounds on Market Street, as part of celebrations for the holiday.

Mr Sears is the PLP’s candidate for the Fort Charlotte constituency. He also plans to challenge Mr Christie for his post as party leader at the PLP’s convention later this month.

Comments

TalRussell 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Comrades! Is Alfred now taking the populace view. I have ask because ahead of the group’s first demonstration the nation's Prime Minister agreed to meet with Ranard to discuss the group’s long list of 23 demands.... However as Alfred was well aware at the time, the We March leader, refused to meet with the prime minister.
Alfred, can't be suggesting that the PM should have dispatched his security detail policeman's to kidnap Ranard, to transport him over to the Churchill Building..... And, why was Alfred's, now populace voice - so silent back then?

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Stapedius 5 months, 2 weeks ago

His view is not populace it's sensible. Embracing the movement doesn't mean they have to meet, march together or have lunch. But the recognition that there is widespread discontent and frustration by the people of this nation is warranted. That is how you embrace people. Now the movement should be careful to not make things about personalities. Stay focused on the issues and avoid getting into spats with MP s and government officials.

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TalRussell 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Comrade Stapedius, for 50 long years to the present, politicians of all colours t-shirts and ages, have embraced the 80/20 Movement of there's a separate Black Bahamaland and a mixture White/Conchy Joe/Lick Brush Bahamaland.
We just camouflage it better than most nations... And I don't remember any talk by the "We March" organizers that the protests were intended to address the 80/20 Movement?

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sheeprunner12 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Sears is seeing the writing on the wall ............ and preparing for the fall

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The_Oracle 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Embrace? How can the PLP embrace a movement of discontent and no confidence in Government, specifically protesting the PLP Government? Would be like a Cat embracing a hungry pit bull! Same outcome for the cat in any event......

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Alex_Charles 5 months, 2 weeks ago

they can embrace by admitting that there is popular discontent

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happyfly 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Tal WT...8020...F you talking about. The elected government currently in power has raised new taxes and doubled the national debt and the majority have absolutely nothing to show for it. The average Bahamian is pissed. So your response is to start babbling on about Conchy Joe Lick Brush. 50 years of dividing this nation by fanning fear of foreigners and internal racism so that a small group of human beings can conquer the masses ..... and teef everything in sight in broad daylight. Bring on the Bahamian Spring !

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Stapedius 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Pay Tal no mind Happyfly. The consistency with which he spouts bs is astounding. Never on point, with a load of tangential clap trap. Nobody cares what your political persuasion is as we realize you're all over the place. But for heavens sake can you have a sensible, straightforward dialogue which does not begin with Comrade?

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birdiestrachan 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Mr: Sears I do like you, But are you aware that Mr: Henfield refused to meet with Mr: Christie? What do you expect him to do? He is the one who called for an Island wide strike. what good will that do for the Bahamas?

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licks2 5 months, 2 weeks ago

I support his refusal to meet. . .we all know how this government operates. . .meet, talk, then the beat goes on as they wish. . .no birdie. . .time for talk with our PM is gone. . .he is not trust worthy. . .he will talk a still do as he wish! NO THNAKS!

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themessenger 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Don't worry Birdie, as you say Sears is a smart man and could see the writing on the wall. Yesterday the Bahamian people again showed their increasing level of discontent with your tiefin party. Watching their majority rule motorcade going ova the hill all you could see was PLP election posters all ova every car and bus, look more like a PLP rally, so much for one people, one nation. Come election it ga be All fa we baby!

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TigerB 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Good point Messenger. I was amazed too to see the spacing in the Majority Rule march asnd the tight fitting We Bahamas march. The PM only talked about the PLP and What they did,no dis respect to the past, but it will not solve our future, the four down grades, the secrecy with Bahamar, and al the other foolishness this goverment is doing!. That said, I m proud of that march yesterday. Ronny Butler summed it all up nicely.

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birdiestrachan 5 months, 2 weeks ago

"Roc with Doc" should have gone on the majority rule march We march should tell The Bahamian people if a poor black boy from Bains Town had been found with bullets Where would he be? And every "D" grader in the Bahamas including the doc knows that The Vat money goes into a consolidated account and it is not a separate Account. The FNM Government left a 100 million dollars over run from the roads alone.

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lkalikl 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Fook birdiestrachan and fook the motherfooking PLP!

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