Published On: Wed, Aug 29th, 2018

Photo reportage Silent March

Silent protesters on Front Street at Dutch Rep Office

PHILIPSBURG — On an overcast Wednesday morning on August 29th, 2018, starting at the old Government Administration Building, protesters delivered signed petitions to various government institutions and offices condemning what they called persecution of local politicians by the Dutch government and the local judiciary.

StMaartenNews.com brings you a photo reportage of the protest march that was not so ‘silent’ with a reported amount numbering around two hundred people who braved the weather to come out and let their voices be heard while chanting “SXM Strong”, “Let our leaders lead” and singing “We shall overcome”.

Protesters, including educator Roberto Arrindell, march through Philipsburg, waving flags.

Photo caption: Protesters, including educator Roberto Arrindell, march through Philipsburg, waving flags.

Photo caption: Chairlady of Parliament MP Sarah Wescot-Williams, center, representing the United Democrats party, receives a signed petition from protesters including former Education Minister Rhoda Arrindell, left.

Former Minister Plenipotentiary Josianne Fleming-Artsen stands among fellow protesters during the silent march through Philipsburg.

Photo caption: Former Minister Plenipotentiary Josianne Fleming-Artsen stands among fellow protesters during the march through Philipsburg.

Tourism Minister Stuart Johnson, representing United Democrats party in government, converses with fellow protester MP Tamara Leonard during the silent march up Front Street.

Photo caption: Tourism Minister Stuart Johnson, representing United Democrats party in government, converses with fellow protesters, including MP Tamara Leonard (UD), during the silent march up Front Street.

Silent Marcher Theo Heyliger - 20180829 DAR

Photo caption: Member of Parliament Theo Heyliger, representing United Democrats, walks among fellow protesters. The Joint Court of Justice’s decision last week allowing the Prosecutor’s Office’s to prosecute Heyliger for allegations of vote-buying spurred the demonstration.

Protesters delivered signed petitions to various government offices on Wednesday, Aug. 29, condeMember of Parliament Theo Heyliger, representing United Democrats, and former Minister and MP Frankie Meyers, also of UP, walk among fellow protesters.

Photo caption: Member of Parliament and United Democrats party leader Theo Heyliger and former Minister and MP Frankie Meyers, also of the UD, walk among fellow protesters during the silent march.

Top photo caption: Silent protest marchers exercising their democratic right to protest under the Dutch flag flying at the office of the Dutch Representation of The Netherlands in St. Maarten as they condemn what they called persecution of local politicians by the Dutch government and the local judiciary.

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Silent march leaders hand over petition to Dutch Rep in Philipsburg