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Jan 8, 2015

Will Caneros Take to the Streets in Protest?

So far it has only been bad news for the B.S.C.F.A. and it is also bad news for those farmers and directors who have vehemently advocated going back to the negotiating table. Traditionally, cane farmers don’t react well to bad news or adversity, and when their backs are against the wall, the north of the country goes on high alert. It hasn’t happened yet, and Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega says he doesn’t think it will.

 

Reporter

“Deputy Prime Minister, you’re on the ground. Is there any concern at this point that Government’s decision to step back, so to speak, would result in some sort of mass action or protest from certain sections, or a certain section of the cane farmers?”

 

Gaspar Vega, Deputy Prime Minister

“What type of protest?”

 

Gaspar Vega

Reporter

“Burning of tires…blocking of the road…that sort of thing.”

 

Gaspar Vega

“I haven’t gotten that impression yet. I haven’t gotten that message. I think it is clear that even within the cane farmers association, it is clear that what happened at the last general meeting was not what the majority of the farmers wanted. I am convinced that if there would be a secret ballot done tomorrow, the results would be different. All of us throughout the entire country know the sensitivity of that industry, and people are scared to have their cane-fields burned. They are not worried about tired. They are worried about their cane-fields.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, but what convinces you that if there were a secret ballot the vote would be different? Because I was at that meeting on Sunday, just as I was at the one on December fourteenth. On December fourteenth a clear majority stood up and voted to sign the agreement. And on Sunday, a very clear and overwhelming majority stood up and voted not to sign.”

 

Gaspar Vega

“I won’t argue that, but can you tell me the number of people that were at that meeting?”

 

Reporter

“Obviously not! They registered I think about fifteen seventy-nine or something like that.”

 

Gaspar Vega

“And we all know there are fifty-five hundred farmers.”

 

Reporter

“Yes, but we have heard that some of the farmers there represent five, six…”

 

Gaspar Vega

“That’s why they should have an election the way we have our general election, our municipal elections…at different polls. That’s why we have branches. Let every branch manage their election and it is supervised so that it is transparent. I think that is the way that most farmers who are quiet would like it to be done. But those noise-makers prefer not to do it that way because they manipulate the system that they have always had.”

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1 Response for “Will Caneros Take to the Streets in Protest?”

  1. Cinty says:

    ENOUGH ALREADY WITH THIS STORY. This sector of the economy contributes 2% of our GDP. And it’s boring. Use your imagination and find something else to fill in the hour. Go visit a Child Care center or an Assisted-Living facility. Or do something on the plight of the girls at Rose Garden (or whatever the new name is). How about a collage of cold cases? There are some interesting cold cases like the murder of Coombs at the Port a few years ago. Stick a mic in the Compol’s face and hold him accountable. Just do something.

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