Editorial: Rare protest

POSTED: 10/9/15 2:33 PM

When nobody listens, people take to the streets. This seldom, if ever, happens in St. Maarten, but yesterday morning residents of French Quarter showed how this is done. They blocked the route National 7, just outside French Quarter near the turnoff to spring and wrote their grievances on a large piece of plywood.

That worked: the gendarmerie came out to regulate the traffic, first Vice President Guillaume Arnell traveled to the district to talk to the protesters and the media were at hand to record it all. Thirteen seemingly random fires have made the residents nervous – and for good reason.

Whether the protest will have any effect remains of course to be seen, but the people have spoken the way they know best. Now it is up to the authorities to do their part of the deal.

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