Summit of the Americas – Why Protests Matters


If the Government of Trinidad and Tobago wants to forbid protest during the Summit of The Americas in April they should think again. The Government agreed to host The Summit not to show off the made in China Prime Minister’s Mansion, or the modern but empty Waterfront Project but to highlight the real Trinidad and Tobago; or so he said. The Government must understand that only through protests will people see the real Trinidad and Tobago and not through elected empty vessels.

Journalists are normally not stupid and are never energized by talk but by protests and unruly behavior with a cause. Video clips of the Summit proceedings will have a dead look especially when our Prime Minister speaks or is shown in his daily, haughty, clueless pose. Only Obama will be of any interest and the rest of leaders will be faces in the crowd, hopefully not picking their noses on camera. The world craves substance in the form of real emotion and not a billion-dollar-waste-of-time.

People did not know or care where the G20 Summit was being held until the protesters jumped (danced) in front the cameras. The G20 protestors were unfortunately not there to highlight the wastefulness and corruption of the Trinidad and Tobago Government, UDECOTT, the childishness of our The Minister of Works or even the stupidity of our Minister of Finance. The protesters were there to protest a cause known as greed. The Summit of the Americas can give our local protesters, along with foreign protest consultants, a world stage to highlight both international and our version of greed, incompetence, and massive ego tripping. This is something all suffering countries will identify with. Maybe The Protest in Trinidad will become popular on YouTube and blogs and shame our Government into caring.  Naturally, well staged protests will make people curious about Trinidad and Tobago and soon enough people will learn the names Patrick Manning, Calder Hart, Lawrence Duprey and Golden Grove.

12 thoughts on “Summit of the Americas – Why Protests Matters

  1. This is what I refer to as a well written and thought provoking article.

    There will be protest. I personally think that if the government had allowed people to protest freely, chances are no one would bother with the protesters.

    However all that is achieved by trying to stifle protesters is that they become more vociferous and more visible.

    I love my country but all is not well in Trinidad and Tobago. Any competent international investigative journalist will easily discover this fact. All one needs to do is interview a random sampling of my fellow citizens.

    Trying to hide our ills and grievances is akin to putting on make up to conceal a skin flaw. Eventually the blemish becomes apparent and in some cases it worsens.

    Perhaps its time that those in authority deal with their Delusions of Grandeur.

    Perhaps its time they read Gandhi
    “We must become the change we want to see in the world”.

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