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Antigua: Barbudans demand banking services

Scores of Barbudans staged a picket outside the Antigua Commercial Bank (ACB) on Thames Street yesterday, demanding that the financial institution “move with haste” to re-open its branch on Barbuda.

The protest took place despite a release this week from the financial institution regarding the resumption of services on Barbuda.

ACB’s branch on the sister island, like many other buildings, was destroyed when Hurricane Irma devastated the island.

Althea Nedd, the main organiser of Wednesday’s picket, said ACB’s customers on Barbuda, including senior citizens, are forced to travel to the mainland to conduct simple transactions such as cashing cheques and depositing or withdrawing monies. She said this is becoming increasingly difficult due to the high cost of travel from Barbuda to Antigua and back.

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