SAN JUAN – The Trinidad and Tobago feminist group Womantra planned to stage a march on Friday to demand the resignation of Port-of-Spain’s mayor after he criticized the “vulgar” behavior of women during Carnival, which was marred by the murder of a female Japanese tourist.
The group urged citizens to gather in the capital’s Woodford Square for a march to the office of Mayor Raymond Tim Kee.
“Mayor Tim Kee’s statements in response to the tragic death of Asami Nagakiya continue a dangerous and damaging narrative of blaming women for acts of violence perpetrated against them, not just at Carnival time but all through the year,” Womantra said.
The organization said it expected more than 700 people to participate in the procession, while 10 times that number have signed an online petition to demand the mayor’s resignation.
Tim Kee said his comments were “misconstrued” and apologized to “the women and national population” who were offended, Trinidad Express reports.
Nagakiya, 30, was found strangled to death in Port-of-Spain the day after Carnival ended.