Do Nothing Campaign by UWP fails to garner public support in Dominica

The United Workers Party’s call for a “Do Nothing” campaign lacks widespread support from locals.

Do Nothing Campaign by UWP fails to garner public support in Dominica
Do Nothing Campaign by UWP fails to garner public support in Dominica

Dominica: The United Workers Party’s call for a “Do Nothing” campaign lacks widespread support from locals. The protest, which demands the public to close down all their non-essential businesses for an entire week is facing a massive backlash from the general public.

The call asking people to close down everything from Monday onwards is already under scrutiny with people questioning how they would survive after doing a week-long closure.
“From Monday I am asking all Dominicans to do nothing, get up from your bed, go and take your bath, make your coffee, and apart from that do nothing,” said Former Prime Minister Edison James while calling on the protest.

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The locals are calling it less about the requirements of common citizens, and questioning the UWP’s political vendetta. The widespread outrage among locals can be seen all across social media, where the public is filled with anger, as they struggle to understand how a week-long closure would help locals.

It is said that people are also not able to understand the motivation and structure of the campaign. It also needed to be noted that the people of the nation lacked trust in the opposition as the former PM, Edison James, himself was charged for offenses and recently got bailed.

A local worker from a construction site named Alex Charles said, “What do they mean by do nothing? Does this make any sense? How will the nation work if the people will do nothing? We are common citizens, not politicians or policy makers but we understand the world doesn’t work on its own. We can’t just sit and hope that the country will flourish,”
Another resident on choice of anonymity said, “Running a country is not just the duty of a Government. We, citizens, need to work and follow are essential duties to keep this country and world working. It doesn’t look but it creates a huge impact when we work and when we don’t. It is not about just talking against the protest but we need real solutions. Projects are the weapon to make the change but if we use it irresponsibly it rusts and becomes useless.”

Many have questioned UWP, and asked how daily wage workers will survive if they remain seated in their homes for an entire week “Doing Nothing”.

“Okay we can support this mindless move but how can we ensure the food of the people who are poor and who earn daily just to fill their needs? An alone person can still do it and hope not to die but what about those who have a family to feed? Everybody has dreams but no dream is bigger than the basic requirement. Will UWP promise to maintain that?” added another citizen.