Political upheaval continues in the Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos. The citizens of the islands have revolted against British direct rule which has taken their democracy, rights, freedoms and self determination.
Today, the latest message sent to the British is in the form of a "sick out" by the civil servants of the islands, which has all but shut down the island nation. The civil servants make up the majority of the employed in the islands. Since the UK's take over of the country, the civil servants have suffered lay offs, pay cuts, reduction in benefits, replacement of management jobs by UK citizens, uncertainty, etc. The civil servants' salaries and spending are an important part of the islands' economy which has suffered a steep decline under British rule.
The Civil Service Association, a sort of union representing the civil service workers, made a formal demand to the British government to negotiate the deficiencies. The deadline for the British interim government had come and gone without any response. The Foreign Commonwealth Office director, Collin Roberts, is currently visiting the Turks and Caicos and has flat refused to meet with the Civil Service Association or any other local entity - only UK organised groups.
Today, the Turks and Caicos civil service responded in a big way trying to force the British to the table for talks - A TOTAL SHUT DOWN OF CIVIL life. There are reports of the British scrambling to replace airport employees out, traffic employees, as well as many departments.
Reports just in confirms additional closures in customs, immigration and firefighting. Also, new reports coming in suggest that UK's FCO director Collin Roberts was scheduled to return to the UK this morning on an American Airline flight. However, now that the airport is shut down, he will be unable to return as planned.
Earlier this week, the British decided to take more media freedom. The British banned two local journalists from press coverage of government matters for joining protests against the British occupation. The most recent to be banned, Robert Hall from Expressions and Devon Williams from Blaze. Local mainstream media PTV Peoples Television just announced that it will cover the civil service "sick out" and in a Facebook message 23 minutes ago, it pleaded with the British, "PLEASE ALLOW FREEDOM OF THE PRESS TO REIGN".