Group plans protest demo tomorrow

Posted on Aug 15 2019

A group is planning to host an assembly tomorrow at 4pm at the Garapan Fishing Base to stage a protest against the Torres administration.

The group, called the NMI Citizens for Change, is spearheaded by Nola Hix and, according to her Facebook page, this assembly is meant to “come to the realization that the only way things are going to get better…is to rise up and take action.”

The group’s motto is #RiseUPCNMI. The group describes itself as a “grassroots organization giving a voice and platform to citizens who envision a better CNMI for all, that is beneficial to its people and not just a select few.”

Hix’s social media post accuses the Torres administration of abuse of power, misuse of taxpayer dollars, appointment of unqualified people to critical positions, salary increases, and the creation of unnecessary commissions, offices, and positions.

The post claims that the reasoning behind the current government austerity measures in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yutu is merely an “excuse.”

“This administration has taken advantage of our people in their most vulnerable times,” the post adds.

Saipan Tribune has contacted Hix about the assembly and is currently waiting for a response as of publication.

The group is currently accepting registrations and will award the first 50 registrants with a free T-shirt. Blank sign boards and other materials will also be available for participants.

It was not immediately known if Hix’s call to action in related to her being president of the NMI Democratic Party. Gov. Ralph DLG Torres is from the NMI Republican Party.

Marc Venus | Reporter
Marc Venus is the Saipan Tribune's public health and education reporter. He has an associate degree in Applied Sciences in Computer Applications and is working on his bachelor’s degree at the Northern Marianas College. Contact him at
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