Armed with placards bearing slogans such as ‘Let Parents Decide’ and ‘Stop Sexualising our Children’, several people, including children, turned out to take part in a march to protest various aspects of the proposed Child Protection Legislation.
With the help of police, the marchers started from Fontabelle, eventually making their way through different City streets, including Broad Street and the Chamberlain Bridge, before ending at Independence Square, where speeches and performances took place.
Veteran calypsonian Colin Spencer and seasoned performer Donella were among the artistes who graced the stage.
Spencer did a cover of ‘Watch Out my Children’ by Ras Shorty-I, while Donella performed her social commentary ‘Pray for the Children’.
Prior to today’s march, a number of Government officials, including People Empowerment and Elder Affairs Minister Kirk Humphrey, along with Child Rights Expert Faith Marshall-Harris, have been defending the legislation, insisting that the it does not take away parental rights.
However, University Lecturer and human rights advocate Felicia Dujon, who was among the speakers who took the stage to address the crowd, sought to clarify any misunderstanding about the intent of the protest march.