Bur­ger­col­lec­tief to ral­ly in Sa­ram­ac­ca Di­s­trict

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

A street ral­ly will be or­ga­ni­zed in the Sa­ram­ac­ca Di­s­trict. Be­ni­to Sem­well, coo­r­di­na­tor at the Bur­ger­col­lec­tief/ We are cou­ra­geous (We zijn moe­dig) in Sa­ram­ac­ca, told Ti­mes of Su­ri­na­me that a re­gi­o­nal of­fi­ce was es­ta­blis­hed in Gro­nin­gen on Sun­day night. Next week a se­cond re­gi­o­nal of­fi­ce will be es­ta­blis­hed in Frey­burg. Sem­well poin­ted out that a street ral­ly will be or­ga­ni­zed af­ter the es­ta­blish­ment of the se­cod re­gi­o­nal of­fi­ce.

Cur­tis Hof­wijks and Wim Bak­ker at­ten­ded the es­ta­blish­ment of the re­gi­o­nal of­fi­ce in Gro­nin­gen. Sem­well poin­ted out that the group is get­ting big­ger. The group which was pre­vious­ly ac­ti­ve in the Com­me­wij­ne Di­s­trict in­clu­ded Sa­ram­ac­ca in its ex­pan­si­on plans which are ai­med at get­ting the govern­ment to step down “be­cau­se of its mis­ma­na­ge­ment.” Sem­well al­so poin­ted out that ma­ny mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ty want to join the group of ac­ti­vists “but the­re is a cer­tain de­gree of ran­cor to­wards the pe­o­p­le in Sa­ram­ac­ca which is why they are af­raid to par­ti­ci­pa­te.” “The pe­o­p­le are af­raid of los­ing their jobs. So­me of them do not even know the iden­ti­ty of the lo­cal mem­bers of the re­sort and di­s­trict coun­cil be­cau­se the coun­cil mem­bers ne­ver ap­pro­ach them to lis­ten to their pro­blems.”

Sem­well ex­pres­sed his con­cerns re­gar­ding the cur­rent sta­te of af­fairs in the agra­ri­an sec­tor and in­di­ca­ted that the Sa­ram­ac­ca re­si­dents cri­ti­ci­ze the po­li­cy of the Mi­ni­stry of Agri­cul­tu­re, Stock Bree­ding and Fis­heries (LVV). The re­si­dents al­so com­plai­ned about black-outs that ta­ke pla­ce al­most eve­ry week even though the Sta­te Oil Com­pa­ny (Staats­olie) as big­gest sour­ce of ener­gy is lo­ca­ted in the di­s­trict.

The re­si­dents poin­ted out that their ap­pli­an­ces break down as a re­sult of the fluc­tu­a­ti­ons on the net­work and that they do not re­cei­ve any com­pen­sa­ti­on. Sem­well ma­de it clear that Bur­ger­col­lec­tief/‘We zijn moe­dig’ is an ac­ti­on group and not a po­li­ti­cal par­ty. “Eve­ry­bo­dy and in par­ti­cu­lar the pe­o­p­le from Sa­ram­ac­ca can join us re­gard­less of their po­li­ti­cal co­lor or eth­ni­ci­ty in the fight against the govern­ment’s po­li­cy. We lis­ten to eve­ry­bo­dy.”

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