By John Smith •
Published: 01 Jul 2020 • 10:53
OYEG protesting on the Rock
Credit: Gibraltar Speak Freely Facebook
THERE has been some disquiet from a section of residents in Gibraltar concerning the actions of the Government which culminated in a public demonstration under the banner Open Your Eyes Gibraltar (OYEG).
An estimated 350 people marched along Main Street to deliver a letter to the Chief Minister and the Governor complaining about a number of perceived problems with regards to the roads, parking, mental health and other ‘dictatorial’ actions taken.
Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has responded, inviting representatives of the group to a meeting to discuss the points that they raised, but made it clear that whilst he respected their rights to hold their views, he believed that the GSLP/Liberal government considers itself to be ‘of the People and by the People’.
It was recently re-elected for the third time with an overwhelming majority and is implementing the manifesto to which the majority of Gibraltarian voters gave their support.
He suggested that opposition politicians had been involved in supporting this demonstration although the leader of Together Gibraltar Marlene Hassan Nahon, made it very clear that she distanced herself and her party from OYEG explaining that whilst she agreed with some of their aims, she could not support all.
There is little doubt that the Government of Gibraltar can be proud of the fact that not one single person died during the major pandemic but will be aware that following the imposition of stringent rules, people could react negatively.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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