Local activist and entrepreneur Patsy Lake wants the local business community to follow her lead and close shop early for the Decision March tomorrow, May 24.
“I want to appeal to all employers to make the sacrifice,” Lake said during the Honestly Speaking with Claude Skelton Cline radio programme on Tuesday.
“Like I said before, this is going to affect all of us,” added Lake, who compared tomorrow’s Decision March to the historic Positive Action Movement some 50 years ago.
March is the start of a revolution
Meanwhile, former Chief Education Officer Elroy Turnbull, who also spoke on the radio programme, described the march as a crucial undertaking.
“For those who say the march serve no purpose, I don’t agree. The march is the start of our own internal revolution,” he said.
“I see this march as the beginning of a consciousness that says we are starting our own internal revolution for change in terms of what we have been placed in and wherefore that march kicks off the start of other things to come,” he said.
“We have to look at British colonial history. We have to learn some lessons on what these people have done and we have to look in terms of where we think our strength lies,” Turnbull added.
The Decision March
The march is being held to protest the UK parliament’s recent order to impose public registers of beneficial ownership on the BVI and other British Overseas Territories.
The policy, which is an amendment to the UK’s Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill, was approved in the House of Lords on Monday (May 21) after first passing in the UK’s lower parliamentary house (the House of Commons) three weeks prior.
With support from both the upper and lower houses of the UK parliament, the controversial amendment is now expected to be given to Her Majesty the Queen for Royal Assent.
The BVI and other Overseas Territories have until December 2020 to comply.
The march will begin at the Sunday Morning Well in Road Town, into Fleming Street and Waterfront Drive, then culminate at Government House, where the Governor resides.
For persons interested in coming from the sister islands, chartered ferries will be made available.
The local business community, the organising committee, and private ferry owners will collaboratively foot the cost of the ferry service.