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LOOKA DA PEOPLEEEEEEEEEEE! THIS ONE FOR THE TRIBUNE AND PAPA DEM! A PHOTO ONLY BP WILL REPORT!!! Photos By Andrew Burrows

BE BRAVE!!! CHANGE THE BAHAMAS!


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  1. Dear PRATTY,
    While I understand your point in regards to Nicole Martin, I would also advise that maybe you and some of your coworkers should protest as well. This seems to be the only way people listen. People will continue to treat us the way we allow them to treat us. If we continue to show desperation, and they see an ass, they will RIDE IT. STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS AND JOIN THIS MOVEMENT. BE THE DOGGONIT CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THIS WORLD AND STOP WAITING FOR OTHERS TO DO IT FOR YOU!!!
    AND TO THOSE WHO SAY THE PROTESTORS ARE IN THE MINORITY,LESS THAN 10% OF THE POPULATION IN EGYPT WAS ABLE TO OVER THROW THEIR CORRUPT GOVERNMENT. LETS GET IT TOGETHER BAHAMIANS AND MARCH FOR A BETTER LAND AND STOP TEARING EACH OTHER DOWN.

    Those people who protested, are speaking up for all of us as Bahamians (especially the cowards who are afraid of losing their jobs). I want us to be finally seen as worthy and not worthless. Damn it wake up and stop deflecting the blame. let it lie where it should, on the elites of this country!!!!

    YES PRIVITISE BTC, BUT TO ME AND YOU (BAHAMIANS)!!!

  2. People, while you argue and voice your opinions please note that this is what Hubert, C & W and others want. They want a divided Bahamas because the entire country is being sold to foreigners right under our noses while we fuss and fight. Learn to pay attention. See whats happening at URCA? These people have been in the Bahmas long time executing their plan. How can one be an employee of C & W and an employee of URCA??? Someone has to account for this because 8 qualified Bahamaians have been sent home. The whole world wants a piece of the Bahamas because we are passive, dumb, lazy, ignorant and greedy people who will fall for anything. have you noticed that foreigners come here to commit crimes because our justice system is a JOKE! They come to committ suicide! They buy out all of our businesses because we are greedy for the money! They play on our psyche because we are too dependent on others and are too lazy to do for ourselves. AND, they know that our governments past and present have not ever laid out any long term plans for the benefit of the bahamian people and the country! if you say you are an avid reader then I challenge you all to use your time wisely and just do this one thing. Use your internet and research the boards of all of these companys, government boards and private entities. I am sure that you will see the same names over and over. Have a blessed day!!!

  3. It literally makes me sick to my stomach to see and hear what is going on in my country. What happened to the Bahamas that I loved from my youth? This is not the same country it was 3o years ago. Shame on Hubert, shame on the people responsible for getting us to this point where we are selling our land, our businesses, and selling the hopes of our children owning anything in the Bahamas. Bahamians, we are partially at fault for allowing the government to get away what they have gotten away with for so long. We can no longer allow the country to be sold to the future of China, Jamaica, and any other country. Let’s learn from our ancestors who fought for independence. Let’s reflect on what they did to get us to the day of 1973 and follow suit.

  4. That good the Government sold BTC its about time…the people who making noise are those that was suppose ti be gone long time most of them been at BTC for more than 25-30 years already retired getting pension and still getting paid from the Government. We have alot of young persons out here with no job who never had a job your time is up carry youll as!!!!. You’ll only mad because there will be no more stealing ….YES STEALING FROM THE KITTY NO MORE FREE MONEY YOU WILL HAVE TO WORK FOR YOUR MONEY NOW EVERY RED CENT..THATS GOOD WHEN CABLE AND WIRELESS COME THEN YOU WILL SEE WHO THE REAL WORKERS ARE …..

    • Melissa,

      You sound like you have a personal issue. Personal issues is what have us messed up today! Please don’t comment. You appear to be a HATER! NOT A CONCERNED CITIZEN. I don’t want they job, I want what is ours.

  5. I THINK ALL FOREIGN INVESTORS SHOULD CLOSE SHOP, PULL OUT ALL THEIR MONEYS AND LEAVE THT BAHAMAS AND LETS US RUN IT, WE DONT NEED THEM….

    • Dacy,

      What is your point!! We know you are being sarcastic. Nobody is suggesting that we rid the Bahamas of foreign investors but we have to work toward limiting our reliance on them… The privitization of BTC offer a perfect opportunity allow our citizens to play a significant role in our own economy. Unfortunately too many of us are contented with crumbs from the table while we make it possible for the forigners feast on the fat of the land!!!

      • SO IF THEY ARE NOT HERE, WE WILL HAVE THE WHOLE HOG FOR WE SELF…I WONDER WHY THEY EVEN BOTHER COMING HERE, CAYMANS HAVE BETTER BANKING LAWS, AND JA COULD US SOME FORIEGN CURRENCY TO STRENGHTEN THEIR SAD DOLLAR, WE IN THE BAHAMAS CAN TAKE CARE OF WE OWN BUSINESS. I CHALLENGE ALL FORIEGNERS TO PACK THEY LITTLE BAGS OF BILLIONS AND GET THE HELL OUT OF THE BAHAMAS…WE GET THIS ONE COVER, CAUSE WE ARE BAHAMIANS AND THIS WE TINGS.

  6. BTC has made it possible for many to pull out phones and BBs on Bay St. yesterday to take pictures which were uploaded on facebook, etc.. in a matter of seconds. Why do people continue to criticize the company? It’s being run by the government so of course it won’t be perfect. Put it in the hands of a private group and you’ll see much better results and better service. We just prefer the private group not to be one that has such a bad reputation. I personally do not mind BTC being sold to a foreign group, but I would feel a lot better if that group had a positive feedback from other countries.

    There is a black crab syndrome running through the veins of many Bahamians, so having our people privately running BTC may not be such a great idea. I fear being victimized by my own people.

  7. Nicole Martin was on the TV protesting the sale of btc when she should be on paradise island fighting for her members who are being fired for simple things such as being FOUND with a glass of wine.I said FOUND not drinking.How could a bartender be fired because he was moving a glass of wine off the bar.
    Nicole Martin you are already being seen as a sell out keep it up and we will soon see you no more.We put you here because we thought you would be better than the last administration but it looks as if we were wrong.
    Right now the white food and beverage administration who have been in the Bahamas for ten/twelve years are treating Bahamians as if they have no rights.And you on bay street protesting btc.Well thats find with us because the same way you are trying to get rid of this goverment we will be getting rid of you.We want you to know that the handful of people you had on bay street does not represent the thousands of people that works at Atlantis.GET IT RIGHT NICOLE MARTIN GET IT RIGHT

  8. A huge crowd indeed and many are persons fired from different entities.I heard the Minister of Finance on gems saying he had seen 200 persons on Bay St but the photos speak for themselves.Union Leaders are in the crowd so Govt must be responsible and act to save the day.Dont sell BTC,as your people are speaking differently from you.

    • bro..i going to WORK> NO ONE PAYING MY BILLS AND GIVING ME NO ! DOLLA SHIRT TO MAKE A ASS OF MYSELF, WHILE HIM AN PAPA SIP GOOD WINE AND EAT LOBSTER AFTER DARK AN SAY BOY WE GAT THEM WHERE WE WANT THEM. WORK, WORK, WORK IS THE WATCH WORD…I FELT SORRY FOR THE STORE OWNERS AND EMPLOYEES ON BAY STREET. THE PROTEST SHOULD HAVE STARTED FROM 10 YRS AGO….BERNARD WAS PROMISE PLENTY BY THE PLP FOR THEIR DEAL WITH BLUEWATER…I KNOW…HE AINT UGLY FOR NOTHING…EVIL

  9. what country on the face of the earth stands by and allows their nationals to be berated by their own government. what country on the face of the planet allows a slogan to read it is better in the Bahamas [and spell out clearly that Bahamians are not welcome], what country in the world expects those who have been told it is a matter of trust and time for a change to see that their birthrights are stripped, their own are sleeping in the graveyards, their own are being killed off daily, they are laid off with those who have nothing to give being hired and kept, how can it be that those whose hope seem bright is now do dim that they are required to remain silent while everyone else is profitting. Well it is Paradise For Strangers and Hell on earth for Bahamians in the Bahamas. This saga has an end and for all of the false presentation that all is well it is not and the days of 2011 shall unfold what has been the plight of a people whose genocide began in 1973 at the signing of Independence. Great Britain send in your troops and regain your colony for this is what Turks and Caicos has been spared. The cost of properties are escalating where there is a caste system in place and definitely the Bahamians are at the bottom of the ladder. LOP is gone and so has his reputation. Corruption abounds more now than ever and so where is the restoration of the image of a people whose potential have been flushed down the tube. The organization for keeping the peace and order definitely seeks praise yet seemingly knows very little of what their duties are, lack good judgment and while exercising defense with all things being allegation against them beats another female in a tourist destination. Good job officers it really makes one wonder what the hell is going on civilians know more what is to be done. Well the hospitality industry is nothing without Bahamians as their cheery spirits have been hampered and distraught. How can a people experience so much mental stress with over taxation and blantant rights being given to others while they are rejected everyday wherever they show up in their land. BTC Bahamians taking country is surely where there must be equality.

  10. Media, from reading the many comments here, i can tell one thing without fail. Many of the comments on this site are by the same person inclusive of yourselves. You have never presented the true facts in this BTC case, nor will you ever present the facts. The deal entered into by the PLP was pure sh** (I have not spelt the word intentionally, deceding voices get blocked by BP, especially when profanity is used), otherwise Mr. Christie would have completed the deal. The sale of BTC to C&W has nothing to do with Bahamianization by the unions or the PLP. If this were the case, then the unions would have protested from the time the government went into discussions with a real potential buyer. What ever was promised to Mr. Evans by the PLP in the Blue Water deal needs to be revealed…

  11. If we want to make a serious statement to the FNM and put a dent in their plan, simply cancel your/our cellular phone plan (pre & postpaid)and DEMAND OUR DEPOSIT BACK. If one hundred persons do this today thats more than $10,000. Tomorrow, another hundred and so on. Just like the banks, they do not and cannot pay all of us our money back. Can you do without your ‘celly’?

  12. Those who are not members of Parliment or the media were not even allowed to enter the House of Assembly today. The only voices that are allowed to speak in that place are the Elected members of Parliment, including the Official Opposition! Therefore, for those who oppose the sale of BTC need the opposition to be our voices in Parliment whether you like it or not.

  13. Safety first is always good. I am glad the Police protected the Prime Minister, last time when we were down there someone threw objects towards him.Like it or not he is the Prime Minister at this time. When that lady and the guy from Clifton who started shaking the barricades and pushing to get across the street to Parliment began to get overly unruly, I knew it was time to leave. I was promised a peaceful demostration but instead at times I even got afraid and decided to leave. Many seem to only come because of their hatred of the country leader and not because of the main reason which was to show unbias togetherness to prove we do not want C&W owning Batelco. Instead I left thinking what am I doing here with these people who was shouting obsanities and profanities at a man who was elected freely. I do not want to be anywhere where people can not act accordingly

  14. I was at the demonstration today so I don;t have to rely on biased news reporters for the facts. The crowd was as reported by JCN in the thousands and Hubert the coward decided to run and hide from the crowd both when entering the HOA and when leaving. He was so desperate to avoid the huge crowd that he had his driver drive down Parliament St. in the wrong direction to get him to the HOA. When I thought about it later, I was somewhat happy the police was able to shield him from the crowd as Ii fear he may have seen his last day in Parliament today.

  15. And I am also disappointed that you BP have become so biased on this site. When you first started out BP was cutting everyones behind, now I can’t say the same, tisk, tisk. On to the next!!!

    • And we are equally disturbed to see you continue to come on here with ya BIAS commentary! Bahamas Press is the leading online news wire in the country. We are more popular than the Guardian and the Tribune. ZNS don’t even have a website up and running. How do you think Abner Pinder knows what is happening in Nassau? He is logged onto BP!

      We report YINNER DECIDE!

      And if ya think this is bias, wait until tonight for our exclusive on Sandals. Standby.

      BP

        • And some believe we have ummmmmmmmm lowered the bar. I tell people all the time, Journalism in the Bahamas SUCKS!!! Some broke the bar a long time ago.

          BP

  16. @ Derek Newry. What more do you expect at 9:00 on a flipping Wednesday Morning? Definitely not a Junkanoo morning crowd! People have jobs HELLO! which is way more important than going to Bay Street to make up the number. I had to work but I 100% support persons that turned out to protest because I am BAHAMIAN and I say NO SALE thats what counts.

  17. @ THINKER, you have to be the only human who was born through a backside! THIS PROTEST IS ABOUT THE SALE OF BTC AND SAVING IT FOR BAHAMIANS. ITS A BAHAMIAN THING DAMMIT! STOP BEING POLITICAL.The PLP have a right to protest, FNM supporters who oppose the sale have a right to protest and ANY BAHAMIAN who oppose the sale have a DAMN DEMOCRATIC RIGHT to protest ,stupid human! We will NEVER get ANYWHERE if we blame everything on politics. Furthermore, what are better days ahead? Lower rates? When BAHAMIANS COULD POSSIBLY OWN BTC AND BECOME WEALTHY with lower rates? You see we are being given crumbs.We can own and manage BTC ourselves, we dont need a foreign entity to come in to transform, govern, determine what cell phone rates to pay, how much A BAHAMIAN is paid who are under thier employ etc. when we as BAHAMIANS were doing it all the long which was keeping the treasury FAT. THINK on these issues THINKER NOT persons in party shirts, ***!

  18. like i said the island of new providence holds 250000 people last censes called. I was there and estimations will vary from hundrends to low thousands no majority in any way or since, many bused in by the PLP especially in my area of Clifton. Many thought way more would of come, even Dr. Donaldson you could see wished more people would of stopped park their cars and demonstrate. I don’t see anyway our few who came would change anyone minds….I am disappointed

    • @Derek Newry

      What is the population of the Bahamas? I think the last census estimated it to be around 310,000. Are you suggesting that 250k of the 310k live in New Providence? Maybe you and Laing studied arithmetic under the same tutelage. If you are for the sale of BTC to C&W, that is okay with me but those of us who consider this a travesty have the right to protest, demonstrate and do what ever is necessary within the confines of the law to stop it!!!

  19. the est. population of nassau, 250000.the est. total demonstrating maybe 500 comeon this is no majority especially if it represents unions who many didn’t even show up…i thought this was suppose to be a bipartial union of people, but why was the PLP picking up people from my Clifton area and given them PLP shirts and bused to town for 9am, comeon convince more people with confirmed facts, I see why the Prime Minister, Government Members and even many PLP’s members isn’t even bothered…i expected thousands not small est.hundreds showing up. Only talk show covering this is Steve Mckinney on a PLP runned station…am disappointed

      • Cable 12 gave the worst report! They didn’t report much of the crowd either. SAD!

        ZNS did a DAMN GOOD JOB!

        BP

    • Why would the minister of Finance and his goons come on here estimating and counting people. LOVE 97 tonight estimated the crowd as being “THOUSANDS”. ZNS called it a
      “MASS DEMONSTRATION”. WE AT BP CALLED IT A MEGGA GATHERING OF 3,000 people! And the FNM goons posting on here say, “Maybe 500”. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE for heavens sake COUNT IT AGAIN! LOL!

      BP

    • Derek, I wonder when YOU, LAING AND THE TRIBUNE GA COUNT HOW MAY BAHAMIANS UNEMPLOYED! Particularly in Grand Bahama!

      BP

    • @derek newry
      Were you the same person that did the counting of the persons that attended the rally at R.M. Bailey hey cause you counted 500 persons there to.

  20. Sorry I was not there, but I am not PLP or FNM yet a pure blooded Bahamian,that support the people there today 100% and say NO BTC FOR SALE…Please carry yinna ass back to whence ya come cable and wutless,I will NEVER givingly use yinna services if I could…

  21. Oh wow!! What then have we accomplished as a people today?! Absolutely nothing. It is so sad to see, that the persons who are business and journalistically swavy know better can’t advise us differently.. Tisk, tisk ALL POLITICAL and greed for unions!!

    Sign a disappointed young person

    • Yes WOW we did accomplish something. We proved to the FNMs more that 10 people would show up for a protest in Rawson Square!
      BP

  22. it is time that we understand what the FNM want from us is for us to pay more money out of the little that we have so that they can keep small bahamains down from becoming someone or owning our own business in our country.If they can find moneys to pay civil servents salary which BTC and companys in our country that was created to help the public treasury with moneys to HELP pay the country BILLS like BEC ,water works and other revenues that was set up in the country,where do you think they will come next YOUand ME WITH NEW TEXTS

  23. As the Bahamian Parliament meets, people demonstrate outside to protest the sale of the state-owned Bahamas Telecommunications Company. The current government is seeking to sell 51% of the company to Cable and Wireless Communications. The union and the public are greatly oppose the sale and have risen up in protest against it.

    Stay Tuned for more information.

    Credit: Patrick Terrence Robinson video footage.

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-560751

  24. Thinker, I like how you said 600-800 people isn’t a majority. You are right. But I would ask the question if 2000+ would make you feel different.

    I was there today, not as a paid union or plp supporter, as a concerned Bahamian. It is amazing to see the amount of people who were out there to show their displeasure of the deal, and for you to come here and say 600-800 people. It is amazing. People are standing up for what they believe in and you are putting spin on it.

    Don’t worry though, the educated swing voters are watching and listening. The one thing I can’t respect is a person who can’t face the facts.

    Time will tell though. Please don’t assume that everyone who opposes the sale is a plp. Both parties wanted to sell btc. Most Bahamians think that btc should be sold. The question is why 51%? Why 51%?

  25. Not choosing sides with the FNM, but the PLP see the opportunity to use this as a scheme for the next election, we will never get anywhere as a country changing our government every election. If BTC workers was doing their jobs keeping it up to standards this would not be a problem.
    As for the sale of BTC, sell it, we need to move forward and better the country. Bahamaians want to be stuck in the same system for ever, technology is taking over the world and we getting left behind.

    • I AGREE ISLAND BOY THAT THE PLP MAY SEE THIS SITUATION AS AN OPPORTUNITY AND SO WOULD THE FNM IF THEY WERE THE OPPOSITION, BUT WE MUST BLAME THE PM BECAUSE HE IS NOT ACKNOWLEDGING HIS PEOPLE CRY. PROBABLY IF HE DID, THE PLP WOULD BE NO THREAT.

      AS FOR BTC, I THINK THEY ARE DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB; IT WILL BE AN EASY SLIDE FOR C&W TO TAKE OVER; EVERYTHING IS IN PLACE FOR THEM. AS A MATTER OF FACT, THEY WAS SURPRISED AT HOW ADVANCED BTC IS. AS A MATTER OF FACT, OUR TASTE OF QUALITY IS NOT THEIRS WHICH MEAN THEY PLAN DOWNGRADE US WITH THE CARIBBEAN – POOR, LOW CLASS, USELESS, AND OF COURSE WATLESS!

      THE PEOPLE COULDN’T SEE THE SENSE OF NOAH AND THE ARK, BUT THEY DEFINITELY DID WHEN IT WAS TOO LATE!

  26. It is so sad that for some we just cannot except reality, many of the comments appear to have been written by persons trying to deny what the pictures are saying without question. What I see is many persons gathered expressing their right in objection against what is obliviously a concern. Others have called for rallies before and the numbers were not as they are posted here, Why can’t we be practicable and admit to what is real. Their must be a cause for such a gathering. Who ever believes that only 800 persons are in the above picture must be in denial. The cause is just and the people have a right to protest, please Mr. PM stop running and face the music, according to you “There is only a minority who want to stop the sale of BTC, well the minority appears to be growing, “For what it’s worth”…..

  27. PLP pre Rally. Cause das all I see PLP’s.

    People go and read the documents for ya self please?

    Don’t repeat the referendum where you let the PLP mislead you into voting no against yourself.

    • TRUST ME, IF THAT WAS THE PLP RALLY OUT THERE, YOU PROBABLY WOULD HAVE FAINTED BECAUSE IT’S OBVIOUS YOU IN SOME SERIOUS DENIAL THAT IT’S OVER FOR THE FNM! ALL THE PM AND HIS MINI ME’S ARE DOING IS TRYING TO BE FUNNY BY DENYING THE TRUE NUMBER OF PEOPLE….THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO BE FUNNY….THIS IS A SERIOUS MATTER. I DON’T CARE IF THE LEADER RIGHT NOW WAS PLP, FNM, ETC, THE MATTER AT HAND NEEDS TO BE DISCUSSED…IT IS APPARENT THAT THE PM DOES NOT CARE TO EVEN COMMENT OR REVIEW THE DEAL, NO MATTER HIS DECISION. IT ONLY PROVES THAT HE BELIEVES HE IS GOD AND FROM WHAT I KNOW THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE MASTER! BEWARE, DON’T PLAY WITH JEHOVAH…HIS PATIENCE TOO WEARS OUT!

  28. Come on BP-You guys are a LAUGHING STOCK! 600-800 does not represent a MAJORITY. Unions Leaders stated and I quote “We expect 5000-6000” to attend. JOKES so where are the people.
    Mainly PLP supporters who were
    1)BUSSED In
    2)Given T-Shirts
    3)UNEMPOLOYED-If they were they would be at work like the rest of us are.
    4)Unaware of the BTC 3 documents-PRobably DID NOT READ THEM

    WAKE UP BAHAMAS-BTC is GONE-BETTER DAYS ARE AHEAD!
    THANK YOU PAPA for making WISE DECISIONS rather than attempting to get POPULARITY
    If Perry thinks he gonna ride into the house on the backside of the BTC sale He has ANOTHER THING COMING

    WE WILL NOT put a man back to be PM who had to APOLOGIZE and BEG and PROMISE he wont do what he did last time.

    PERRY GO AWAY YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BE PM EVER AGAIN-PERIOD!

    • i say GO TO WORK PEOPLE, BERNARD AN YOGEE JENNY DEM AINT SERIOUS, DEM JUST TRYING TO MAKE HISTORY…they are leaderless an lost for their own selfishness… wow…THEY LIKE FREE MONEY>>>STOP THE GRAVY TRAIN NOW

  29. Gather was estimated to be less then 800 people mostly political operatives from the PLP and the NDP, there was hardy any representation from the labour movement.

  30. Every day they have parliment the people should go out there. Ingraham look like his mouth hard but he so bad he should come outside to the people and say what he have to say. Thank God it was peaceful

    • No No Mr. Thompson was said Hundred will descend on Bay. But while you are counting numbers with the JUNIOR minister for finance, could you please tell us how many Bahamians are unemployed…We haven’t had a figue since 2008. WHAT IS THE UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS???

      BP

    • Are you out of your frigging mind? thiswas not a glorious day at all A mass of visitors saw a bunch of thugs fighting with police and shouting abuse about foreigners A real bonus for the Tourism product

      • They also got to know what a STUBBORN JACKASS HUBERT INGRAHAM IS! Oh and they saw Carl Bethel get piss slap red in the face. LOL!

        BP

      • The sad part about this is that the Bahamian people only see what they want. The tourist saw more than a protest, they went back home to tell a very sad story about how the Bahamian niggers were carrying on.
        It’s about time BTC get sold so all of those slack employees with three hour lunches and two hour picking up kids etc can stop. I’m NOT for cable and wireless at all, but I’m ALL for being sold!

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