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Scrap metal traders protest
Members of the scrap metal trade on Thursday morning stepped up their pressure on the government with protests in sections of the Corporate Area.
From as early as 7' o clock, scores of placard bearing scrap metal traders dressed in black converged on the entrance to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce in New Kingston in what they described as a "silent protest".
According to the protesters, the move was to voice their disgust with Minister of Industry and Commerce, Anthony Hylton's handling of the re-opening of the scrap metal trade.
According to Nadine Hamilton, a scrap metal owner from Hamilton Demolision and Scrap Traders, the promises coming from Mr. Hylton are more of the same uttered by the previous administration
“I'm speaking out for myself and also thefederation, because we’re all exporters out here. This is not the regular Riverton City people eh nuh. You notice how we’re organized and peaceful and we’re mourning the loss of out business. And this is what we’re saying, Hylton, Tufton, the same con.”
Meanwhile, Miss Hamilton claims that she has been suffering for the for the past year that the scrap metal business has been out of operation.
She also insisted that the new stipulations will not be feasible as persons will have problems transporting metal to one central site and that the proposed site poses serious health risks.
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce has said that the scrap metal industry will reopen within the next few months.