|"If this is how it’s to be, then give us our independence."|
KRALENDIJK — A demonstration was held this morning on Bonaire against the current situation on the island. While the ceremony of the Day of Bonaire was held for the official invitees, worried citizens assembled for a peaceful demonstration. According to witnesses, it was a ‘passive demonstration consisting of approximately two-hundred people’. The organization estimates the number was closer to one-thousand.
According to organizer Cedric Soliana , the demonstration was to indicate the people’s dissatisfaction with the current situation on Bonaire. “Although nothing came of all beautiful promises, all laws and rules were implemented. Bonaire was to become a land of milk and honey, but the people only feel pain.”
Soliana emphasizes that the Bonairean is feeling more and more like a stranger in his/her own country. “Our culture is being pushed aside and our manners trampled.”
According to him, the demonstration was not directed against the Dutch government or the Bonaire government. “We are angry with those who put us in this situation. We say: if this is how it’s to be, then give us our independence. We may then have to battle hard and long for our prosperity, but we will then have autonomy, which we do not have now.” The organization also states is does not oppose the Dutch. “We are not against people, against Dutch citizens, Venezuelans, Chinese or whatever. We only ask that people adjust when they live on Bonaire just like we are expected to do when we choose to live elsewhere.”
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