UPDATE: Make geothermal EIA a public document – protesters

protestersProtesters who gathered outside parliament on Thursday morning have demanded that the government make public a geothermal Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) done in the Roseau Valley.

“We want the EIA to be made a public document for the rest of the Dominican people to see what is in the EIA,” PRO of the Geothermal Awareness Committee in the Roseau Valley, Jeffrey Charles, said.

The government of Dominica has said it is pushing ahead with its geothermal project  in the Roseau Valley but the move has been met with opposition from some sectors who claim that it may have an impact on the environment and the island on a while

Placard bearing protesters gathered outside parliament on Thursday to express their dissatisfaction with the process so far.

“The country is at stake and in this southern part of the island, which is one of Dominica’s main tourist’s site, we fear that there will be serious economic and social implications with that geothermal development project,” Charles stated. “We also fear that there will be a lot of land acquisition and mass relocation of the valley.”

Secretary of the awareness committee, Alysha Charles-Marshal, was straight-forward in her approach to the matter. “We do not need it, we do not want it,” she said. “There are different other sources that the government can tap in for electricity.”

She said the people have been ‘fooled’ by the government on the project. “We are foolish to think that the government is going to decrease on the electricity bill,” she noted. “This is just a gimmick… it is not going to happen because the geothermal plant is not going to be our own.”

She was adamant that Roseau Valley residents do not want the geothermal project in their area. “We do not want geothermal in the Valley, period,” she remarked. “We have our tourism we can live on, we have our vegetables we can live on, we have other resources we can live on. We will pay our electricity bill like every other person.”

“We do not want geothermal in the communities,” Charles-Marshal insisted.

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104 Comments

  1. hilda green
    March 16, 2013

    , these people have no land,just scatters living independly. paid some bucks to hold up these placards , only one in the crowd can read. ask them to spell geothermal.please don’t bite the hand that feeds you

  2. van
    March 2, 2013

    If the Government have nothing to hide then there should be no hesitation in making the document available to the public.

  3. sense outta nonsense
    March 1, 2013

    but six people that from the valley man? a man and a woman had to hold 2 signs each. they were anticipating more folks? hmmm

  4. Cerberus
    March 1, 2013

    Apart from environmental issues it is disturbing to find that the Govt. is concluding a reported Euro 6.5 million loan with Agence de Developpoment Francaise for the development of this energy source when the exploitation rights are owned by West Indies Power Dominica Ltd. in which the Govt. is only a minority shareholder (10%).
    Should it not be this company, which stands to gain most from this development, that should secure financing? It is even more worrying as the court in St. Kitts recently ruled the
    agreement between that country and West Indies Power no longer valid because of West Indies Power’s failure to meet its financial obligations.

    What is the logic behind this loan agreement between a minority shareholder and the ADF unless of course West Indies Power themselves are not able to attract funding themselves, which would raise a serious question mark about their creditworthiness. It would appear that it are the taxpayers of Dominica, who are underwriting all the risks.

    • ....
      March 1, 2013

      The current development in the Roseau Valley has nothing to do with West Indies Power Dominica Ltd. they have a rights to explore in the Soufriere area only. Please know the facts before posting a comment…

  5. Annon
    March 1, 2013

    Gov’t or not, who made dose signs for all-u papa?

    My sincere hope is that the Gov’t keep Domlec out of this geothermal, nationalize the grid, and leave them with their deisel generators. End.

    • Malatete
      March 1, 2013

      You forget perhaps that;

      – our own Social Security have a large stake in Domlec, not to mention a fair number of Dominican individuals.
      – Nationalising would involve having to recompense the current owners at a fair market price.

      I do not see that at present we can afford such a buy-out. As a matter of fact Domlec was privatised by the Dominican Govt. exactly to generate much needed revenue.

  6. daadgf
    February 28, 2013

    boii those people majee wii

  7. patriot
    February 28, 2013

    I really cannot understand dominicans we want only verbal developmentt not physical. Only on the talk shows we know what we want and no where else

  8. mary
    February 28, 2013

    dont worry in time to come we will find out is it something that dominicans have eaten they cant talk and they cant protest against this wicked government

  9. born and raised
    February 28, 2013

    This committee seems to be quite ignorant. its obvious that you wont immediately see the benefits of a geothermal plant, but your children and their children surely will reap the benefits. So many countries are pumping millions into research on ways to decrease their carbon foot print and you want to turn down what has been presented to you on a Golden platter. Indeed the EIA should be made public, but you should also actually do research on countries that invest on geothermal energy. You can start with our neighboring island Guadeloupe.

    • Malatete
      March 1, 2013

      A few simple questions for you:

      -Would you want such an operation in your backyard?
      -What is the value of these people’s properties and which bank would give a mortgage on them – if they have an exisiting mortgage it should not come as a surprise that loan now exceeds the asset value.
      – How many cabinet members live in proximity to the proposed plant?

      I do not think these people are against geothermal energy in principle but they have a right to air their concerns and protect their investment and quality of life.

    • March 1, 2013

      Dominicans will never be pleased with any developments on this island, this will create new jobs, revenue and cheaper electricity. This is not simple, the minds of these people have been played on by a NEGATIVE POWER.

    • March 1, 2013

      Fantastic view point, you are so CORRECT. It is nice to see someone on the island that can look past tomorrow to see the future of the children and Dominica as a whole, this project is required!

  10. 4u2c
    February 28, 2013

    MAKE THE EIA Public, thats all!! what is the fear? Must something bad in there?

  11. IPO
    February 28, 2013

    I heard the little boy asking his mother, ” but mommy why we standing in the hot sun for geooo-thermal for, its best we go in the shade mammie?”
    Mommy answered, come behind the sign you will get a little shade.

  12. Pondera
    February 28, 2013

    I find it strange that it is only now that the people are coming out with their opposition to the Geothermal project. Could they not have voiced their opinion before. There should have been no exploration before they had examined the EIA. This is back to front business. I am confused as to what is happening with this project. At the end of the day the people in the area must live with the impact of this proposed operation. At least they have a right to speak. But why now???????

    • wow
      March 2, 2013

      Why has this comment gotten so many negative ratings when it expresses something that should have been said in so many other comments. I’ll repeat it – Why only now??? Why wasn’t there any concern since all the testing was being done? Maybe the people giving negative ratings can answer that instead of just going the lazy route and giving thumbs down.

  13. White Plains Rd
    February 28, 2013

    Dominica will be unsuccessful with this Project trust me..it is being down with too much haste And Lack of open and honest dialogue with the Society…seems like a quick fix $$$ Aspect to Prove a terrible management of the economy vibe!

    This will back fire big time in this Labour Regime Face….folks need to remember the Norde France Deal when the sued the Freedom Party Regime…

    I think it would be wise that the Policy makers and so call non active Patriots get a independant Study down…but again it’s Dominica so nothing to Shout about they sit and just bark with no Head End Results…very timid place called Dominica

    • real possie
      February 28, 2013

      Stay on that dirty white plains rd and run your mouth,two things u will not see is what u just said and u know who face.

  14. Enlightenment
    February 28, 2013

    I am for geothermal development, however It is right for the people to ask for the report to be made public as it will be impacting their lives.
    I applaud them for asking for the full report to be made public, then an informed discussion can be had by all the citizens.

  15. STILL
    February 28, 2013

    Why not wind solar and hydro. Here are a few questions for you.where do you purpose putting the vast number of wind turbines required to produce electricity on a commercial scale? Who will complain when these turbines are erected? where do you purpose installing the solar panels? What is the cost benefit ratio for commercial solar generation? Which rivers do you purpose damming for hydro generation? Who will complain about environmental destruction? There is no free energy available at this time there are costs and risks attached to each one. We just need to find the one which offers the most energy with the smallest footprint based on the resources we have. We may not have sufficient open space for building wind turbines unless you consider potting them in the middle of the forest and I’m sure the compliant will be that it our an eye sore. Solar may not be fully developed at this point to provide sufficient returns on investment for commercial production. For private use it may be a viable option but the conversion rate is still to low for full scale commercial use. We have experimented with hydro and the returns have been less than satisfactory. We need to remember that Dominica us a small island the size of our rivers and the force with which they flow will determine the amount of energy available. We are extremely volcanic and that is a resource that it’s largely untapped. There will be concerns but if it is carefully managed it may be able to provide the greatest return on investment. As with all energy sources there will be by products and risks but as a nation we should understand that in order to survive we need to make sacrifices. The community does not want it built in their area. When comes time to build an international airport are the surrounding communities going to say that they don’t want it in their area. We need to start looking to develop the country and not keep trying to impede development.

  16. February 28, 2013

    Geothermal Electricity is one of the most enviromentally FRIENDLY forms of electricity production on planet earth, bottom line. Most geothermal power plants have a life that will exceed 50 years of power production, do all these uneducated people holding signs realize it is STEAM coming out of the earths core running through a turbine (like a huge car alternator) that produces the electricity??? This is the best project Dominica has focused on, EVER, yet these stupes holding signs think burning petro, and creating pollution from that burnt petro is better?!? There is something wrong with THIS. To the seriously mis-informed man holding a birth defects, pollution sign,. you could not be more wrong bro,.. the way Dominica creates a lot of the electricity today by burning Petro which will cause those problems on your misinformed sign,.. there is no pollution in steam coming out of the ground. Maybe DNO can post an article about geothermal power so all these uneducated people holding signs can get the real facts,.. those dumb signs should be thrown in the garbage, none of them have correct information on them. I cant say how bizarre it looks… people protesting ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY electricity production… holy uneducated batman!!!

    • Visitor
      February 28, 2013

      This type of geothermal requires the INJECTION of water to create the steam.The output is full of chemicals and residue that has to be REINJECTED in to another well.Also large amounts of water will be required.?????Questionable in the dry seasonLook at the EIM for the Ashphalt plant.Plenty to worry about and some honest goverment is required.But we are in DOMINICA and that is in short supply.

      • Dasheen
        March 1, 2013

        That is not true, Visitor. No fluid has to be injected to the ground. The steam is already deep in the geothermal reservoir and comes out of the ground, goes through the turbine to produce electricity, the steam is condensed and the fluid injected back into the ground. Small portion of the steam is released to the air, but steam is destilled water andhas virtually no chemicals. All talk about pollution is wrong.

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    • My take
      February 28, 2013

      I am always amazed by folks who migrate to ‘greener pastures’ and turn around referring to us back home as uneducated and mis-informed.
      Those same folks whom you refer to are better informed than you are.

      It is not just steam that comes out of the wells. There is hydrogen sulphide, arsenic, boron and other poisonous gases that are harmful to humans.

      Dominica is not a large flat space. The Roseau Valley, in particular, is where most of our fresh water originates. There too is the boiling lake, a sleeping volcano, or is it?

      When you mess with the interior at the depth at which the wells have to be dug, what happens if/when the land slips?
      Mass destruction and loss of life…..

      You need to better inform yourself and read reports coming out of Hawaii and New Zealand about the ill effects that geothermal has had on the population in terms of birth defects, respiratory conditions and ill health, including various forms of cancer.

      Our beloved Dominica is too small a space for there to be any margin of error.

      Better safe than sorry.

      • March 1, 2013

        Dominica spent 220 million dollars on petro last year to create electricity, the amount of emissions from bruning petro is what you need to be concerned about.

        That water steam, leaked through cooling tower, is just the small part of water steam released from steam turbine and delivered to the tower in order to be cooled and liquefied, then used again for producing the steam fueling the turbine. Just the clear water, without any toxic or harmful substances.

        One case study, comparing the coal and geothermal power plant, revealed this conclusion: Coal plant updated with scrubbers and other emissions control technologies emits 24 times more carbon dioxide, 10,837 times more sulfur dioxide, and 3,865 times more nitrous oxides per megawatt hour than a geothermal steam plant.

        As the numbers prove, geothermal power is a clean source of energy in fact, producing almost none of the dangerous emissions with negative impact on human health.

        Google,.. “Health Impact of Geothermal Energy”

        I read Dominica is planning on installing a BINARY UNIT, which is a “Closed” cycle unit,. no need to worry about emissions,. you are breathing in more emissions today from the cars driving around you.

        As for New Zealand, the dummies release their waste into the Waikato River. Dominica is planning on a closed unit, so that problem won’t exist.

        Dominica hired experts from Iceland which is where the first geothermal plant was built, currently Iceland is 85% geothermal and 15% hydro, making it a 100% renewable powered country. Dominica has procured people from the most experienced country for this energy type. I have faith, and more importantly, understanding.

        Again, cudos to Dominica for stepping the nation up with the best project ever,.. a race between Nicaragua and Dominica to become another 100% green powered country.

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    • March 1, 2013

      “Most geothermal power plants have a life that will exceed 50 years of”

      That is not necessarily accurate; it depends on where they are found, and the amount of volcanic activity in the general area. It also depends on how it is harnessed, or harvested, some have known to last for a period of only thirty-years.

      If too much cooling (cold ) water is allowed back in, it may even last less than thirty years. Some have indeed existed more than fifty years, i.e. outside of San Francisco, but the again, that is unique to the location, where we found my geysers for hundreds of years blowing out steam at intervals.

      That in Dominica may survive for a long time, since the Caribbean sits on a “ring of fire,” and we know that Dominica is one of, if not the place on earth with the most volcanic activity, however if it is true that the Boiling Lake in Dominica at one time, ceased to boil chances are ours may not last thirty years.

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      • Dasheen
        March 4, 2013

        Actually, geothermal surface manifestations like the Boiling Lake, are relatively short-lived phenomena. If an earthquake would be experienced in D/a, it is very likely that great changes wouldbe noted in the geothermal outcrops in D/a. Some would die-out while new would emerge.

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  17. Progress
    February 28, 2013

    Actually it is a law that any EIA done be made public. If a citizen request the EIA from planning division it has to be given. So if the government does not want to make the document public it makes me wonder what negative impacts will this project really have .

    • Whistler
      February 28, 2013

      Well Said Progress….you have a Professional Head And ethics…keep it up!

      Islands and Countries who makes masses Progress Generally uphold standards and are above board..

      Sadly Dominica has become as wild wild west Island
      And they are Rated the Poorest in the Eastern Caribbean..because they are highly ignorant of all Facts and issues…pretty much a dazed up society Dominica is..

    • Malgraysa
      March 1, 2013

      Not only that but work on any prosed project like that is not allowed to start till the EIA has been completed and approved! Come on Hon. Minister and Planning Dept. show us that you complied or does the law not apply to you either?

  18. jaz
    February 28, 2013

    LOOK at the man with the sign ” how will you pay back 6.5m EURO”, is he real?

    • %
      February 28, 2013

      He is darm right. Could this hopeless,lazy and incompetent cabal posing as a government, pay public officers anything more than 1% salary increase? The man is more informed than you are about the state of this failed country called Dominica.

  19. InquiringMind
    February 28, 2013

    Do we have a written guarantee of cheaper eiectricity?

  20. ti nom
    February 28, 2013

    nothing wrong with a peaceful protest

  21. Anonymous
    February 28, 2013

    having common sense is better than having all the education in the world. why would you want to go geothermal before you try solar, wind or/and hydro. it’s just dumb

    • MOSQUITO
      February 28, 2013

      You are right my friend, the use of Solar tiles, a tile which looks like any normal roof tile, will be considered normal and as you may know soalr energy can be effective at any time or day. yes it should be tried. I have a friend in DA who vouches for that alternative energy

    • My2Sense
      February 28, 2013

      Dominica is better positioned to exploit its geothermal potential. Because of Dominica’s volcanic nature, the temperatures necessary for geothermal extraction can be found at relatively shallow depth. Also, potential locations for drilling (at a commercial level) are relatively plentiful, again due to Dominica’s volcanic origins.

      Solar (as far as I know) hasn’t been developed at a economically viable supplier level yet. A lot of square footage is required to capture enough the solar energy. And then you have the serious issues of storage and transmission to the end user.

      Again, a lot of square footage would be required to run these wind turbines continuously in order to harness the wind energy. Plus I’m not sure if we have the consistent winds required to make wind power an economically viable source.

      • February 28, 2013

        It is nice to see an Educated Comment on this topic, cudos to you.

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      • Anonymous
        February 28, 2013

        you are wrong my friend about wind power. We do have a number of viable or interesting sources. In Grand Bay, Palmiste Hill is well known locally as the land of wind, perched high overlooking the Martinque channel and the Atlantic Ocean. Other sources have been identified in Woodford Hill and The Carib Territory. The Palmiste Hill can take 3 or 4 turbines to generate 3 or 4 megawatts representing close to 15% of our current needs. Add that to what we can generate by baseline hydro as well as solar, we could meet a significant amount of our electricity needs from renewables. And it will be ours. All those people who are rushing to endorse such a project for that particular are have not given themselves time and space to think this through.

        Why has the EIA not been released and discussed and how can government take a resolution to parliament to borrow $24 million to construct a production plant which the people have to pay back when you have not done the proper study to tell you if it is safe and worthwhile to go ahead.

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    • February 28, 2013

      Geothermal runs 24 hours a day,. only down time is the maintenance, it is is the BEST way to produce electricity. Solar cells only work when there is sun,.. windmills only work when windspeeds are “signifcant”, and Hydro on works when water is flowing. Dominica already produces Hydro, cudo’s to that,.. but majority comes from burning Petro,. and that is just wrong. This power plant could change the way the world see’s Dominica,… if you were to become 100% GREEN Powered (mix of hydro and Geothermal) what FANTASTIC ADVERSTING FOR TOURISM for Dominica!!!

  22. dissident
    February 28, 2013

    To de naysayers
    How many of u joined emile in his all out white march for unity. How many of all u gave support.
    How many of all u signed de petition to raise de age of consent?
    De people I see represent us de masses who like dem don’t have much knowledge about what really happening on de ground
    If anything goes wrong these scared people are de ones who I will give credit for standing up for me.

  23. peace
    February 28, 2013

    hope all u get paid for all day today,stupessssssssssssss

    • ()
      February 28, 2013

      Based on their actions, they dont seem to be beggars like you. They wont die by exercising their right to protest. On the contrary if you do not beg for a bread you will die. Your lazy fool. Go get a life!

      • peace
        March 1, 2013

        such a fool,i got a life wonder if u have one dam fool right back at u domme

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  24. Marcus Hill
    February 28, 2013

    Great start!!

  25. Ron
    February 28, 2013

    Steeeeups!!!!!

  26. forkit
    February 28, 2013

    while these people can see what will affect them in the future. those people on the north that supporting wrong doing dont even recognize that in the near future the chinese will close every small busines in portsmouth…. then you will realise that the table has turned for us all

  27. Looking in
    February 28, 2013

    This Gov’t eh give a dam about anybody but their pockets.If the Constitution wont stop the leader, what makes us think that a protest will make them change their minds and think of the long term effect on the people, or those who know better, please educate us and help put our minds at ease with this Geothermal stuff. So whether there is a protest or not(which is a good thing) they will still pass their bill.
    There are other ways and means to sabotage the project if it is going to affect us as they placards say. We shall overcome one day….!!

  28. mother
    February 28, 2013

    that she resign for to hold placard she that was saying labour labour last election

  29. Son of the Soil
    February 28, 2013

    ”A people that won’t fight together will fall individually”, whenever there its an issue in our country unless it directly affects us personally we never see the point, like with the Rosa Parks incident i’m sure there were people who laughed at her, called her crazy and maybe asked what she think she was doin but in the end it benefited them all. We need to remember that we are one people regardless of political affiliation and stand up for right.

    • For Richer Or Poorer
      February 28, 2013

      But Rosa Parks was fighting for something that would benefit future generations. What exactly are you asking us to fight for? I am yet to see it.

      What if I believe it is good for us, why then should I fight against something I believe will be good for our future.

      Rosa Parks had a clear vision for the future, that was to make life better for generations to come.

      Whereas all I can see with those kind of things here are people with tunnel vision who seem to want nothing good for our future.

  30. Roughcake
    February 28, 2013

    I would of thought the geothermal project would bring much needed jobs,lower cost electricity, and
    revenue from sales abroad.Isn’t that part of the development that D/ca.is badly in need of? WHAT IS
    THE PROBLEM? Put D/ca first,and to hell with PORK BARREL POLITICS.

    • Lang Doug
      February 28, 2013

      Politics have nothing to do with health and welfare. It would be nice if it was in your backyard they placed this project. Let the record show that the valley people initially welcomed the project until they discovered the health risks involve

    • Anonymous
      February 28, 2013

      None of the people protesting have read anything on geothermal come on dominicans stop this foolishness.

  31. WHO VEX VEX
    February 28, 2013

    huh it looking like holding dat placard more important than sending her son to school 2day :( :( :( :( :( :( :(

    • Anonymous
      February 28, 2013

      I SOOOOOOOOOO AGREE WITH YOU

    • Anonymous
      February 28, 2013

      so don’t you think his health is more important than school?

    • Jezzze
      February 28, 2013

      WHO VEX VEX

      What a stupid comments…it’s obvious you know noting about children..A child that age(presuming he is two)does not go to school!!!!!!
      But she stands for a good cause and stands tall in a fights for her kids future..And you???

      • WHO VEX VEX
        February 28, 2013

        my daughter started preschool at 2

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    • Peter
      February 28, 2013

      What you need to realize is that this woman is not there for herself only, this child is one of the future generation of Dominica, If it was anything good he would have put that project in Woodfordhill of some other place in the north

      what skerrit need to do is take that project to the north , since this is the only area that he is developing in Dominica

  32. Jbfox
    February 28, 2013

    The same set of people who are encouraging these scared looking people to demonstrates are the same ones complaining about the high cost of electricity.U nay Sayers can’t do a thing to help ease the suffering of Dominincans the goverment is doing its best under difficult circumstances so just back off haters.

    • forkit
      February 28, 2013

      the government could do better by install wind farms all around dominica instead of mining for steam and toxic substances which will eventually affect the residence of laudat, shawford, trafalgar, wottenwaven, bath estate elmshall and roseau.

      geothermal is dangerous to the environment

      • St Joe/Guadeloupe
        March 1, 2013

        I agree with you, instead of bring the people to Guadeloupe where the area in less populate and flat, they should have taken them to Hawaii and the other countries to see the consequences of Geothermal plant, and what it is causing health wise and also what is happening to the environment there

        I am residing in Guadeloupe, where this plant is, is far more different than where the skerrit government want to put this death trap in the Roseau Valley

        Yes some were in favour, now the people do their research, those not residing in the Valley need to respect that, because when it is said and do with, they are the ones who will be suffering health wise

        I am applauding the Valley residents, and I am in solidarity with you all

        Shame on the government for not listening to the people and their concerns, and shame to the Valley PR, only in Dominica

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    • Uncommon Sense
      February 28, 2013

      and they are the same ones who sold domlec to the private sector

  33. Tom Tom
    February 28, 2013

    If we were drilling for OIL it would be the same thing ,while other countries move on,we play games. SO SAD.

  34. TO MALGRAYSA
    February 28, 2013

    I totally concede to your point, I intended to applaud the persons who showed up for sure. My chastisement was to those who did not.

  35. Truth B Told
    February 28, 2013

    What an embarrassment for the protesters. It is plain that there is no support for this silly protest. The vast majority of the people of the Roseau Valley are in support of the Geothermal Energy programme. Geothermal Energy is CLEAN, GREEN and RENEWABLE, it is the best option for Dominica and will benefit all Dominicans in the future… even those who are protesting now.

  36. SuperMario
    February 28, 2013

    A heavy police presence? No wonder them people look so scared, they even afraid to put up their placards. WOW. DA. Yes Father, only you see and know.

  37. Just me
    February 28, 2013

    Hold strong my people, more will join you. It take people like you all to lead the way..HOLD STRONG.

    • Anonymous
      February 28, 2013

      I hope you are one of those that will join!

  38. HNIC
    February 28, 2013

    did you all see the sign that says Area 51??? Super funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Agent 47
      February 28, 2013

      :lol: then they will say we have aliens and space ship testing

  39. WHO VEX VEX
    February 28, 2013

    Politics must kill us in DA
    What for us to fight against we refuse to fight against
    The high port duties we must fight against as a people

    • Anonymous
      February 28, 2013

      Will you be a part of the fight against the high port charges? Or is it safe to say that you will be one of those saying “but where allu expect de gov’t to get money if they don’t collect taxes”

    • Mwen
      February 28, 2013

      So you getting the Barrells free, and you are still crying to pay for it on the port. How will civil servants get paid if you all get everything from your family abroad for free and don’t buy things in the shops in DA? We have to pay one place or the other, either in the shops or on the port. If you don’t want to pay on the port, then buy local!

      • WHO VEX VEX
        February 28, 2013

        i really don’t want to call u an idiot

        if port duties are high how can i afford to buy local when every thing that enters the island passes through the port.

        whether its local or not local they have to import something for the factories, and they have to make there profits and is you and i that have to pay for it.

        bring down port duties and see if Astaphans will not be more affordable

        every time some body talk about port barrels and vehicles alone that come to people like yourselves minds

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  40. diamond girl
    February 28, 2013

    waw!!! there full people boy! :lol:

    • Krazy
      February 28, 2013

      that’s not time for sarcastism, go and join so there will be more people, then u can say “waw there full people”

      • diamond girl
        February 28, 2013

        and leave my work to do? lol! not me

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    • Yep
      February 28, 2013

      read up on some history, U have alot to learn young one.

    • :)
      February 28, 2013

      lmao!

  41. Anonymous
    February 28, 2013

    Ok I am all for it but 6 people. Come on people – and this is for the people not the organizers. Never supporting anything in their interests. Always one set to talk. Let them suffer in silence.

    • Malgraysa
      February 28, 2013

      Never forget Anonymous that it took only one person, Rosa Parks, to galvanise action against the despicable apartheid laws in the U.S.A. I applaud these few souls today for their courage

    • Anonymous
      February 28, 2013

      Are you serious? stewps It’s a start and at least they are there! I applaud all six of them! and as someone pointed out you better be more respectful for small numbers because it took one, Rosa Parks.

      You too sot!

  42. Lougaoo Mem
    February 28, 2013

    Secrecy in governance as practiced today in our country is not true democracy.
    The people have the rights to know when, why and how the country is going to create jobs and empower their lives.
    All the propaganda, lies and deceit, will soon back-fire on the perpetrators with God’s will.

    • Truth Seeker
      February 28, 2013

      Wait! He WILL surely answer your prayers, in good time. What did you guys say, “1000 days is like a day in his scheme of things?” LMAO.

  43. UK Boy
    February 28, 2013

    They always says that Dominica is a nation of copy cats..Looks like Collywood has set the protest trend and made the Dominican people realisize they can take to the street to air their greviances. 8)

    • Krazy
      February 28, 2013

      aren’t u a Dominican? u don’t stand up for things u believe that’s goin wrong in ur country or u just stand at the back and watch and say how ur fellow brother and sisters are copycats…. :-P

  44. Angles
    February 28, 2013

    Dominica is crying on it’s knees…

    Poor,Poor, vision and lack of straight up honesty to The citizens..

    Ignorance is breathing well and good in all circles
    In DOMINICA!

  45. lol
    February 28, 2013

    give me a break….stupess. stop giving these people $50 to hold a placard for 3 hours.

    • Krazy
      February 28, 2013

      why don’t u go hold up the placard… a fifty dollar is a lot for some people.. u probably well want a fifty dollar rite now. these people believe in something so they’re standing strong and protest.. whatabout those who thinks the same thing and not saying or doin anything about it. :-P

      • marceline
        February 28, 2013

        I’m in total agreement with you, it’s people like that that is empowering that non-democratic government.

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    • Anonymous
      February 28, 2013

      it hasn’t reach in ur face yet..continue to laugh when people fighting for their jobs.

    • Anonymous
      February 28, 2013

      You’ve been doing it so often that you know the drill well

    • Malgraysa
      February 28, 2013

      Don’t belittle it brother. I doubt they get paid for doing this but even if they do $50 is more than the l;egal min. wage for an 8 hour day under this Govt.

      • Anonymous
        February 28, 2013

        Which gives us a fair idea of what the min wage was, under ten years ago, prior to this govt.

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      • Anonymous
        February 28, 2013

        $50 for three hours well I in dat.

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      • STILL
        February 28, 2013

        When you say under this government have they reduced minimum wage?

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      • STILL
        February 28, 2013

        I guess you might prefer St Lucia’s minimum wages from 160 a month for a messenger 200 per month for a store assistant and 300 per month for an office clerk. Sounds better to you since Dominica is minimum 800 per month?

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    • For Richer Or Poorer
      February 28, 2013

      I was also thinking the same thing; whether the people took time off work or whether they were being paid to hold their placards.

    • ^
      February 28, 2013

      @lol.. You seem to be jealous of even #$50.00. Are you a Red Clinic sycophant? Well you need to get something worthwhile to do!
      I fully suppport these people.

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