Oranjestad, St. Eustatius- A majority of Statians are not in agreement with the Dutch intervention, consisting of the dismantling of the Island Council and the take-over of local government.
Respondents were asked in how far, at the moment of the intervention, they were in support of this intervention. 55.9% of respondents answered not to have been in agreement with the takeover, at the moment it happened.
What is even more interesting is the fact that few people have changed their initial opinion on the matter, either in a positive, or in a negative sense.
The intervention happened, and the government that came in after weren’t able to execute projects and programs effectivelyRespondent about their change of heart regarding the intervention
About 10.7% of respondents said that at the time they were positive about the take-over, but in hindsight they now disagree with the intervention. On the other hand, 5.4% said they disagreed at the time of the intervention, but now they do agree with it.
Government decided laws no longer applied, there was a lot of racist talk and intimidation of persons in the communityRespondent about the reason they supported the intervention.
Interest of Statia at heart?
An explanation of the scores on the previous question may be sought in the distrust many on the island feel towards the Dutch Cabinet’s intentions.
A majority of respondents (56.5%) disagreed with the statement ‘The Dutch Government (Rutte Cabinet) has the best interest of Statia at heart’. Only 17% of respondents agreed with that statement, with nearly 27% indicating they didn’t agree or disagree with the statement.