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In our Survey titled: Bermuda Riots and Protest we surveyed 20 people from the

age of 20 – over 60. Our survey was put together to find out what Bermudians know
about their Bermuda history in reference to Protests and Riots.
Here is a breakdown of our findings:
In the Age 20- 30 category
100% have attended college/ university and are of Christian faith. When asked what
riots or protest have they heard about 50% have heard of all and 50% have heard of
all except the 1977 Riots and the Trade Union Protest. 75% answered that the riots
and protest are of very importance to Bermuda and 25% says that it is of
importance to Bermuda. Then the question of, which method of protest do they feel
is better in achieving a goal, 75% says Non Violent and 25% says Violent is the best
method to use. 100% says that they have been involved in a protest or riot.
Overall, with all the ranks received, we can see that the riot or protest that had the
most impact on Bermuda to this age group was the Theatre boycott then the BELCO
Riot then the Trade Union protest then the 1977 Bermuda riot and the least
impactful protest or riot to this group is the Furlough day Protest.
When asked for a written response to, Which protest or riot stated above has
affected you?
25% had no response. 75% responded that they enjoy the rights that they have
today and they were directed involved with the Furlough day protest (one even held
the banner) because they are Government employees and Government was
deducting furlough day wages from the pay checks of teachers.
When asked for a written response to, Do you feel that Bermudians have changed
their approach in protesting over the years?
25% said that they were not sure. 50% agreed that the approach has changed over
the years; as Bermudians have become less assertive, less aggressive and accept
anything but need to fight until we get results. 25% said that overall Bermudians
are passive and have not changed their approach.

In the Age 30- 45 category
60% have attended college/ university and 40% have attended some college. 40%
are of other Religious belief. 60% are of Christian faith with 20% of that 60% of the
denomination Seventh day Adventist. When asked what riots or protest have they
heard about, 100% have heard of all. 80% answered that the riots and protest are of
very importance to Bermuda and 20% says that it is of importance to Bermuda.
Then the question of, which method of protest do they feel is better in achieving a

goal, 60% says Non Violent and 20% says Violent is the best method to use and
20% had an invalid answer. 80% says that they have and 20% says that they have
not been involved in a protest or riot.
Overall, with all the ranks received, we can see that the riot or protest that had the
most impact on Bermuda to this age group was the 1977 Bermuda Riot then the
Theatre Boycott protest then the BELCO riot then the Trade Union protest and the
least impactful protest or riot to this group is the Furlough day Protest.
When asked for a written response to, Which protest or riot stated above has
affected you?
20% had no response. 60% responded they were directed involved with the
Furlough day protest because they are Government workers. 20% responded that
they were either too young or not born for the riots and protests but they feel that
the Theatre Boycott helped to fuel change and it has allowed them to go to any
theatre they wish.
When asked for a written response to, Do you feel that Bermudians have changed
their approach in protesting over the years?
20% said that Bermudians have not changed their approach. 80% agreed that the
approach has changed over the years; as Bermudians have become a lot milder in
their actions, they have weakened in their protesting ability and seem to be less
violent now. Also after the Universal Suffrage was attained there are less riots over
protest, more fighting battles in the meeting room.

In the Age 46- 60 category
17% have attended High school, 50% have attended College/ University, and 33%
have attended Some college. 100% are of Christian faith with 17% of the
denomination Jehovah Witness. When asked what riots or protest have they heard
about 17% have heard of all and 83% hearing of some.(Of that few, 60% have heard
of all except the 1977 Riots, 100% have heard of all except the BELCO riots, 40%
have heard of all except the Theatre Boycott, 60% have heard of all except the
Furlough Day protest and 40% have heard of all except the Trade Union Protest.)
33% answered that the riots and protest are of very importance to Bermuda and
67% says that it is of somewhat importance to Bermuda. Then the question of,
which method of protest do they feel is better in achieving a goal, 100% says Non
Violent is the best method to use. 33% says that they have not and 67% say they
have been involved in a protest or riot.
Overall, with all the ranks received, we can see that the riot or protest that had the
most impact on Bermuda to this age group was the Theatre boycott then the BELCO

Riot then the Trade Union protest then the Furlough day Protest and the least
impactful protest or riot to this group is the 1977 Bermuda riot.
When asked for a written response to, Which protest or riot stated above has
affected you?
17% had no response. 33% responded that they were somewhat involved in the
Furlough day Protest and that they have members in their household who was
affected by this, so that means less money in their home. 50% they were not
directed involved in any protest and riot but they said that the individuals that were
involved have made a way for younger generations as they now their rights and like
the Theatre Boycott, as black Bermudians it has allowed them to sit anywhere they
like in the theatres.
When asked for a written response to, Do you feel that Bermudians have changed
their approach in protesting over the years?
100% has agreed that the approach has changed; they say that Bermudians have
become more nonviolent and more vocal in expressing their views. Also over the
years Bermudians are afraid that if they speak out or act out this will have an
impact on their job. Also Bermudians now only stand up when it is of affect to them
or of affect to their children.

In the Age 60 + category
25% have attended college/ university, 25% have attended some college, 25% have
attended high school and 25% had no response. 75% are of Christian faith with 25%
being of the denomination Seventh day Adventist, and 25% being of other religious
belief . When asked what riots or protest have they heard about 75% have heard of
all and 25% have heard of all except the Trade Union protest. 75% answered that
the riots and protest are of very importance to Bermuda and 25% says that it is of
somewhat importance to Bermuda. Then the question of, which method of protest
do they feel is better in achieving a goal, 75% says Non Violent and 25% says
Violent is the best method to use. 75% says that they have and 25% say they have
not been involved in a protest or riot.
Overall, with all the ranks received, we can see that the riot or protest that had the
most impact on Bermuda to this age group was the Theatre boycott, 1977 Bermuda
riot and the BELCO Riot as they all have come to a consecutive rank with all of
those three mentioned being most impactful and the Trade Union protest and the
Furlough day Protest being ranked consecutively as the least impactful protest or
riot to Bermuda.
When asked for a written response to, Which protest or riot stated above has
affected you?

50% had no response. 50% responded that the BELCO riot and the 1977 riot had the
most immediate effect, probably because of the violence and damages. This seems
like the only time black Bermudians are taken seriously. Also Theatre Boycott
empowered people of color, giving them self-respect and this movement forced the
government to recognize them as citizens.
When asked for a written response to, Do you feel that Bermudians have changed
their approach in protesting over the years?
50% had no response. 50% agreed that the approach has changed over the years;
as Bermudians have become more concerned about the end results being more
favorable, and therefore are inclined to be non-violent in their approach which reaps
reasonable results.