“I Stand With The People”-Turnbull

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By Esther Durand, Journalist

Updated 12:15 PM AST, Mon Nov 22, 2021

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(PLTM) - Hon. Melvin “Mitch” Turnbull has thrown his support behind the British Virgin Islands Civic Action-led march that was against among other things, the tax payers footing the Speaker of the House of Assembly Hon. Julian Willock’s $98, 676.51 legal bill associated with the failed injunction matter against the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) attorneys.

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The March commenced adjacent to the Governor’s House and ended outside the HoA building in Road Town on Monday, November 22.

“It is important that we are here, we are calling for justice, we are calling for leadership that matters, but leadership with integrity. Not one that changes what they say depending on who is in front of them, not one that changes depending on what reaction they want. But we want leadership to take this country, to take this territory to the next generation, to the next point that we are going to,” the Second District Representative and Opposition member said.

Hon. Turnbull of the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) was the only elected Member of the House of Assembly who attended the march.

He continued: “But you cannot be talking about self-determination, you cannot be talking about independence and all the things we have been talking about and our actions depicts something completely different. So Hon. Premier (Andrew Fahie) the leadership of this present sitting administration, you are accountable to the people, you have the point where 1,200 signatures along with the voices of the people together with a march that happened in the HoA was put forward and you ignored the voices of the people because you felt that it was your duty to go into the HoA and give options that were there. Now we are in this position where the CoI continues this week and it is continuing to unfold and unravel.”

He also described the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) a “failed government” and the “people have had enough and I am glad that everyone is here today.”

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“We are here because the hope of the Virgin Islands rests on the shoulders of the people,” he stated, adding that the Premier is to be held to account for his actions.

“The people of the Virgin Islands have had enough and I stand with the people, we need justice,” he added.

One of the organizers of the march Cindy Rosan-Jones in the meantime continued to clamour for the Speaker to pay his own bill.

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Previously, when asked why the protest was heading to an empty HoA building, Rosan-Jones remarked that “It's symbolism.”

She said one of the reasons for the march on the holiday observing the 1949 March was because persons were finding it difficult to participate during days they have to work.

Rosan-Jones informed that the institution – House of Assembly (HoA) – that came out under the aforementioned march, is now “under threat now so it is symbolic for us to march on that day to our original HoA. So we are not marching to give them anything; it’s about a protest whether the Premier is here or not.”

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'@I Live Here'
What has Myron and Marlon done to you people … Glass Celings will be broken The present govt is run by a blatant LI... He has this country in a historical bind. COI and ayo still can’t see dat!! People suffering ! People losing jobs ! People going home less money generating ! People cannot buy food ! Food Prices not controlled More and more apartments empty ! Tourism at an all time low ! No bush cutting jobs for the poor man for Xmas ! Malone took the bush cutting jobs under his clutches ! No East man on the road for Xmas change ! By the way Alvera - Maduro gone mum in Cabinet … What a ting And you still talk about putting back Govermnent
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Rubber Duck
Cindy has great issues, but turn-off many of us with her personal attack on the Deputy Premier and the Speaker. She has lost her way. She needs to stop before people think she is a real bo...
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Me
Throw tola people a ghut or bush wuk once every four years and watch them forget their hunger for the pass 3 what a weak shameful people
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Sal
The money from the ghut or bush wuk last for four years.
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Asking For A Friend
Something does not add up! Where are Cindy other friends, Marlon and walwyn? There must be a reason they are staying far far from her and her failed protest
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Mouth Champions
Where was Carl Dawson and his cohorts when he went on the radio show and asked expatriates to support the MARCH ? We are big on quoting stalwarts for justice ? Martin Luther … etc We are big on hiding behind our curtains and complain Or Perhaps we are waiting to exercise our voting rights ? Or Perhaps we are waiting on the outcome from the COI You might asked well why weren’t you there Perhaps I am intimated for fear I might lose my job !!! When and .if you are in a group chat as soon as you say something contradictory to the present govt , it is screen shot and sent to his people . Spies ! Spies! Spies ! Everywhere . You don’t know who to trust I must hand it to Cindy and the others.
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@ Mouth Champion. Truth That.
@Mouth Champion. I heard someone say be careful with the speaker media, they maybe doing that, they maybe forwarding certain anti government blogs to a certain group to investigate....
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Bay Youths
The March was A big flop, Mr Speaker stay focus as you are not going anywhere As for Mitch do not trust him, he is hungry for power telling Marlon he wants to be dep…, HELL No not he
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Voting
I am voting for Mitch, not only Voting Im campaining for Mitch and PVIM. Mitch has shown me the courage to stand with the People. I hope PVIM get their act together, watching and learning, so when their turn comes, they wont make the same mistakes. The people need leadership that put the People and the BVI first, progressive, courageous fair and unbias... Leadership that will fix NHI. Whos got the ba… to do that.?
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BviBuzz
Leave Mitch Marlon and Myron in their confusion the people eyes are wide open Vip will get another four years trust me and JW will be speaker again, take that to banco
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PVIM Or NDP
If Mitch has to be Marlon Deputy then he'll have to be NDP. Myron going to sanction that? Asking for a friend
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