The immediate response of the Government of Antigua is fear of derailment of their Barbuda developments, by the environmental distaste of the Lords of the JCPC regarding the breaches made by the Government’s failure to consult with the people of Barbuda.
The Cabinet has discussed and advised today of another multi-dimensional tourism project planned for Barbuda which will continue to increase the imported working population of Barbuda, ultimately creating new citizens whose numbers will very soon overtake the less than 2000 Barbudans.
The people of this beautiful and peaceful island, Barbuda, have been in a state of turbulence since the changes being made to their island life as the Central Government seeks to monetize the lands of these unique communal landowners.
After 300 years, of living their lives and operating their small businesses based on their fishing and farming, which sustain the small population, they are now condemned to become second-class citizens by virtue of the nouveau rich seizing their lands for development.
When one considers the 495 villas and estates being built which right now it is reported that engenders work for 500 (mostly Mexicans & Belizeans); then add the newest hotel complex just released which is expected to provide 300 jobs, compared with fewer than 1500 adult Barbudans, the rich and their help will soon outweigh the local population in numbers, and later in political votes.
When one considers that one of the smallest members of the OASIS, has been subjected to such discriminatory treatment by one of the leading island governments of OASIS, it behoves the people of Barbuda to begin their protest now leading up to the OASIS summit planned to take place in Antigua six months ahead.
One main objection should consider how climate change attracts the wealthy to ecologically balanced little islands like Barbuda, where they corrupt the governments and take over their islands, reducing their small populations to second-class citizens in their own country.
Where the imported service resource ride roughshod over the local people, who are reduced once more to chewers of wood and carriers of water. Barbuda rise and defend your lifestyle of your choice.
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