| 21 February 2024, Wednesday |

British Virgin Islands activists protest plan for direct UK rule

Activists in the British Virgin Islands demonstrated on Monday against a proposal to hand over authority of the overseas British territory to the United Kingdom, just days after the BVI premier was imprisoned in Miami on drug trafficking allegations.

According to a report issued on Friday by Queen Elizabeth’s delegate to the territory, the territory’s governance difficulties are so serious that the legislature should be suspended and the territory effectively ruled from London.

That news came only a day after BVI Premier Andrew Fahie and the territory’s head of ports were detained following a sting by the Drug Enforcement Administration, causing a big embarrassment for the UK.

Hundreds of people protested outside Governor John Rankin’s office in Tortola’s capital, Road Town, on Monday, screaming slogans and brandishing posters that read “No UK control.”

  • Reuters