National Youth Rally kicks off

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Students at the National Youth Rally on Friday morning

Various schools around the island have gathered at the Windsor Park Stadium to pledge their allegiance to Dominica.

The National Youth Rally forms part of Dominica’s 35th Independence celebrations and students will parade and put on various displays at the event.

The Minister for Education and 2013 Carnival queen Lesslassa Armour Shillingford will adress the nations youth at today’s rally.

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54 Comments

  1. Justice and Truth
    November 4, 2013

    I am pleased to note that many youths attended the National Youth Rally. Keep it up for future Rallies. It should always be a school holiday that all youths could attend. For one day, participating in this Rally as patriotics, they have nothing to lose.

  2. Posse
    November 2, 2013

    Love the stadium photo.That is patriotism…..I love it.

  3. Anonymous
    November 2, 2013

    :lol:

  4. Toomatoe Tomato
    November 1, 2013

    What a wonderful sight. All the hard work the teachers, students, parents and all others did to make this Youth Rally Special came right through. I got goose pimples watching our youths and youngsters. It reminded me of my school days when we practiced and practiced our drills as we looked forward to Parade Day.

    Well Done everyone! Makes me proud to be a Dominican. Happy Independence All.

  5. Dry Bone
    November 1, 2013

    Love my beautiful country

  6. lisad
    November 1, 2013

    Dominicans i know you are smarter than those who refer to us as “Dummy in cans”.Whether schools were closed or not, no one could force the parents to send their children to the rally. They wanted to prove their patriotism so they boycotted the boycott.

    • Peeping Tom
      November 1, 2013

      Nuff said!

  7. Anonymous
    November 1, 2013

    LENNOX LINTON how you feeling? Hip hip hooray or nah? hehehheheheh

  8. Benjiethegreat
    November 1, 2013

    Just wants to congratulate the youth on a job well done. You have made me proud to be a Dominican. Just super and breath taking. You have just showed us adults how to celebrate the independence. Happy Independence Dominica!

  9. bad move
    November 1, 2013

    I think the foreigners who were here for the celebrations are very disappointed in you Mr LL.SAD to say but wrong move and less support.you n your cronies must be ashame

  10. Mouth Open
    November 1, 2013

    What the public doesn’t know will never hurt them. Schools were COMMANDED to go to the rally.

    • A humble opinion
      November 2, 2013

      Nobody can make Dominicans do ANYTHING. We always decide for ourselves.

    • Anonymous
      November 2, 2013

      And they did right!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Just Saying
    November 1, 2013

    It was a great Youth rally. Great efforts by students , teachers and principals and organizers and the government and people of Dominica! Thank God for the Great weather .
    Linton needs to familiarize himself with the content of the Youth Rally. Apparently he did not know that the President does not officiate at the Youth Rally. I am now beginning to question if Linton also understands the content of Constitution or has he been distorting information.

  12. Anonymous
    November 1, 2013

    I hear first time they see people in the stadium so!! haha!! Not boycott na

    • Just saying
      November 1, 2013

      I believe by now many people know that the schools were all as directed to bring the entire school population to the Stadium, a practice discontinue for some years now. It stands to reason, if the Opposition is simply blowing hot air all things should have continued as normal and it could then be proven that a call to boycott was not effective.

  13. Sarcastic
    November 1, 2013

    That’s the biggest boycott I ever see in my life.I wonder where Linton was hiding.

  14. cassandra
    November 1, 2013

    god have mercy these ppl can lie. i have not been in Dominica for years but i seem to recall that the rallies were holidays and school were out so everyone could attend. my mom taught for over 40 years is telling me now that it was in uwp’s 4 year term that it was not given because they wanted to punish teachers. you ppl really out to cause division and evil in Dominica. well sah all you bad. god save Dominica from these negative evil idiots. and the police boycott person go right ahead that will show professionalism

  15. South East
    November 1, 2013

    Time will tell with all you dictator all you upholding. Tnato tanto

  16. Anonymous
    November 1, 2013

    Well done Dominica! No one listened to the call for the boycott it seems. Lol

  17. Bran
    November 1, 2013

    This crowd is big, larger than any I’ve seen before. Congrats Dominica!!!!!

    • Dominican Woman
      November 1, 2013

      These ppl were forced to be at the stadium. And my friend Skerrit knows that.

      • positive vibez
        November 1, 2013

        well well “dominican woman” if they were forced they definitely didnt act like it hahahaha cause everyone was screaming and cheering so i guess they loved being forced lmbo hahaha

      • Take It Or Leave IT
        November 1, 2013

        Nonsense you do good and good follow you where ever you go. Please don’t divide the children they are innocent don’t encourage war among the children of tomorrow I love Dominica and we need prayers along to make it more beautiful

      • wonderwoman
        November 2, 2013

        They had a gun pointed to their heads.

  18. Anonymous
    November 1, 2013

    First time I see people like that at a youth rally…. seems no one listened to LL afterall!

    By the way DNO, is that the best pic you could find? Its a lousy photo if u ask me.

    ADMIN: Lord, you people are never satisfied. That pic was taken as the students were coming in. If you want more pics go to our Facebook page.

    • Anonymous
      November 1, 2013

      Admin, please do not use the Lord’s name in vain. The photo is lacking indeed though.

    • Not Funnee
      November 1, 2013

      I did not see the president at the rally. It seems that His Excellency Charles Sarverin heeded to Linton’s pleas. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

      • Peeping Tom
        November 1, 2013

        :mrgreen:

    • Anonymous
      November 1, 2013

      hahahah ADMIN sure told you! LOL

  19. rocky bent
    November 1, 2013

    Haha massive numbers.Hmn police by stadium road block.boycotts that .Hmn. Doe matter What people still likr theire owner.

  20. girl
    November 1, 2013

    Well done students and parents. Let a National event be a National event. Politics has its own time….

    • Hmm
      November 1, 2013

      My sentimentsexactly.

  21. Just Reading
    November 1, 2013

    Well politics doing things.

    For years now, teachers have been crying foul that the MOE would request only 30 students at the Youth Rally accompanied by 2 teachers and every one else, even the students to whom the Youth Rally was designed, was to report to school.

    The Ministry’s stance: teachers took the Youth Rally as a holiday and as a result they should be at work.

    So, it is alarming all of a sudden in 2013, memos from the same MOE, who forbade teachers and students from attending the Youth Rally were dictating that every school should be closed and all teachers and students should go to the Youth Rally.

    As I see, the opposition boycott plan worked even though the park is full of students, as it brought about a change that teachers have been requesting all along.

    What has changed? Wouldn’t most teachers still take today as a holiday? So, why is it okay that they do so in 2013, but other times they were punished from doing so by having to report to school.

    Is it fear of a boycott that cause the change of the tide? If it is, then who are the victors-the government or those who asked to boycott the rally-the UWP?

    Again just asking.

    • Twissted
      November 1, 2013

      STUPPPPSSSS

    • Anonymous
      November 1, 2013

      That’s not true cause when I was growing up some times I wasn’t participating in the parade and I was still able to go.

    • Observer
      November 1, 2013

      What do you mean? You and your party asked for an empty stadium today to protest the way President Savarin was elected. Instead you receive a full stadium, over flowing with enthusiastic young patriots. And you call your effort requesting and empty stadium successful?

      • Really???
        November 1, 2013

        It was successful because the government felt threatened enough to make sure that the stadium was full even if that meant going against their own policy. If they truly had nothing to worry about, then why bother to do such a thing?

    • Anonymous
      November 1, 2013

      @ Just reading, try again! Goodness, gracious. Do you really believe people that nonsense that you just wrote?! Really!! Labour supporters may not be loud mouths like the Boycott opposition party. So don’t let labour silence and calmness fool you, it’s because ” they know where they are going, they know”. Labour supporters know they shall not be moved this upcoming election. So all you UWPites, don’t be fooled when you hear the boycott opposition on their radio station and all over the Internet; Skerritt and the Labour Party are strong and the majority of Dominicans are with them.

      No teacher, no parent, no student was threatened or harrassed in anyway by the Government to attend the Rally. While all of you people are enjoying Creole in the Park, world Creole festival and all the Sewo, you believe that parents will sacrifice their children’s time for opportunist politicians. What you guys need to boycott now is the “Jump-Up”.

      I know the boycott opposition party is mad. But that is the biggest crowd I have seen at the stadium.

      • Really???
        November 1, 2013

        Not threatened or harassed. Commanded. Which, if you think about it, is even worse.

        Once again, what the public doesn’t know truly doesn’t hurt them.

    • Me
      November 1, 2013

      Stop lying there!

  22. Observer
    November 1, 2013

    Is it true that a number of Castle Bruce Bus, drivers in response to their party’s call to boycott the youth rally, left the students stranded waiting for transportation? Kindly clarify.

    • girl
      November 1, 2013

      Marigot..not castle bruce

      • Observer
        November 1, 2013

        No surprise here! Another question. Were the teachers involved in assisting with staging the boycott of transportation to justify their non-participation?

        the government better be prepared for a “boycott of sorts from the police” come Nov 3rd. The UWP has sufficient numbers among the rank and file of the police to stage a successful boycott. Remember the “sick leave” fiasco some years ago when Mamo was PM? I sense a similar repeat, given the police’s open and unashamed support for the UWP.

      • Dominican Woman
        November 1, 2013

        Both Castle Bruce and Marigot.

  23. %
    November 1, 2013

    Why last year, only a contingent of 30 students went to the rally, from the secondary school in my community, AND THE SCHOOL HAD SESSIONS WITH THE REMAINDER OF THE STUDENTS, and this year the school is closed (today)? What is even more confusing to me is that students were encouraged to go and support the rally?
    CAN SOMEONE ANSEWER ME PLEASE?
    IS IT YET ANOTHER VICTORY FOR THE PATRIOTS OF DOMINICA?
    Next year around that time I hope LINTON’S government will have a clear path for the students of Dominica, and this Youth Rally business. Make them understand: Why the youth rally is being engaged in,what it means to them,the young ones, What new can be brought to the fore, in terms of meaningful changes, etc etc etc.
    PLEASE LINTON MAKE IT MANDATORY DURING YOUR FIRST YEAR AS PRIME MINISTER that CIVICS be a subject taught at all schools.OUR CONSTITUTION IS IMPORTANT.
    WORKERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    • mac
      November 1, 2013

      sorry but he will not be getting into power ,we need him as an opposition leader thats what he does best opposing.

    • Anonymous
      November 1, 2013

      Scream a bit louder and you may just get your wish :mrgreen: along with a lung injury

    • November 1, 2013

      I support your comments the CONSTITUTION shoul be talk in all educational establishment thru out the Island it’s time we should always include the younger generation in the mix of things.
      THE CONSTITUTION BELONGS TO ALL OF US!

      • >>>>>>>>>>>
        November 1, 2013

        Relevant point re the constitution. It should be taught up to the college level. But sorry it won’t be done or implemented by this corrupt leaders.

  24. Attitude
    November 1, 2013

    Wait a minute..It looks like is Linton and his children alone that boycott the Youth Rally…hahahahahahahahahahaha….sorry to disappoint you LL.

    • Dominican Woman
      November 1, 2013

      Do you realize that some of these children are present because of threat by Skerrit. I would have loved it, if Skerrit had not threatened the students. Then we would see the real effect.

      • positive vibez
        November 1, 2013

        dominican woman are u reading you own comments ? Why would the PM threaten the kids and not one parent reported or did anything about it stupes!!! You people just love repeating rubbish smh!!!

      • mac
        November 2, 2013

        u will c skerrit strength on sunday ,some of all you are just wicked

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