PM Browne Calls For Unity On Independence Day


The inheritance of resilience, patriotism, national pride and civic pride created the central theme for Prime Minister’s Browne 2019 National Heroes Day Message. PM Browne commenced his address by recognizing Antigua and Barbuda’s national heroes and explained the magnitude of their contribution to national development.  “Today, we celebrate the contributions of six transcendent heroes, just like our forebears over many centuries, these individuals would have inherited many values, significant values which they themselves applied towards nation-building,” Prime Minister Gaston Browne said.

Remarking on the current developmental progress of Antigua and Barbuda, PM Browne cautioned those who may try to undermine the contribution of those in the Civil Service, especially nurses, doctors, teachers, and the police. “I say to all of you, we value your contribution and we encourage you to continue to contribute to nation-building because, ultimately, it is your contribution that would have kept this country afloat,” Prime Minister declared.

Focusing on the importance of unification, PM Browne spoke openly about the differences in political affiliations and called for togetherness and respect leading up to the country’s independence.

“There will always be political differences, but political differences should not cause us to tear down our country. Political differences should not cause us to disrespect our independence. And, I call upon those who call themselves faithful nationals to respect our country’s independence. I say to them that the week of our independence cannot be an appropriate time for protestation. I say to them that protests during our country’s independence constitute an unfaithful act that is disrespectful. I say to them that they ought to join us, come November 1st. They should show their loyaltyto the state and join us in celebrating our 38th anniversary of independence.”

The Prime Minister also called for the National Heroes Day to become a National Holiday. Noting the importance of celebrating those who have paved the path for national development.

Civic pride through cleanliness, community development, and collective responsibilitywere also among the call for action Prime Minister Browne highlighted in his address.

In closing, the Prime Minister reiterated his call for unity moving forward, more specifically, unity on Independence Day. “I call for camaraderie, not for division. I call for the upliftment of this country not to tear down our country.  I call for unity and I call for the collective efforts of all Antiguans and Barbudans,” Browne ended.



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  1. How can he wants unity for the independence celebration when he keeps on oppressing the people of Antigua and Barbuda with his gangster Hitler style behavior. Some of us put him there to govern our nation affairs but instead he is turning on the right thinking Antiguans and Barbudans by trying to cripple their constitution rights.
    Look who talking about tearing down this beautiful paradise island of Antigua and Barbuda. I think he need to look into the mirror first and then within his cabinet. Mr. PM if you want unity then you know what to do to get it.

  2. It is not a matter of “political differences”, the people regardless of who they voted for are totally and utterly fed up with the ongoing stealing from us, the people, by those at the top. How sad is it that we are supposed to be celebrating Independence and if the truth were to be told the past 38 years has been tarnished by politicians committing massive theft from we, the people in their desperation to become multi-millionaires (in some cases almost overnight). The PM is saying that we should act like docile idiots and unite with the same people who are systematically destroying Antigua and Barbuda by incompetence, encouraging the Chinese to destroy the environment and stealing monies/lands from the country for the sole benefit on themselves and their families. We don’t even know how much is coming in from the CIP far less who (or what project?) is getting the CIP funds from passports sold exclusively by YIDA in China. So, right now there is no real Independence to respect or unite over. If the time ever comes when integrity and governing for the benefit of the Antigua people and the country as a whole, then respect and unity will take place…right now Antigua has been turned into a dirty unkempt ghetto that is overrun by corruption along with non-contributing foreigners from China and Turkey gouging us for all they can get!

  3. Stop the corruption first and u the main culprit and your young tug followed u Michael anti browne E BOOKS NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATED NOW …. THURSDAY U WILL SEE HOW SERIOUS WE’RE

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