Friday, April 19, 2024

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The Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration’s attempt to hold a second protest tomorrow has hit a snag.

The Movement’s general secretary David Denny this morning confirmed that the application sent to the Royal Barbados Police Force was denied on Wednesday when Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith had indicated by letter that permission would not be granted because the proposed protest would be in contravention of Section 10 E of the country’s Emergency Directive for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Denny, in a video post on You Tube, said the plan for the second march tomorrow was to protest from Kensington Oval on Fontabelle, St Michael, then march to Independence Square in the heart of the City, where speeches would be held, and a number of local artistes would be highlighted.

Deny revealed that in light of the denial he had written an email to Attorney General, Dale Marshall, for clarification on the matter, but had not yet received a response.

The social activist said that should it become necessary, he would also write a letter of concern to Prime Minister, Mia Mottley on the matter.

Last Saturday, the Movement had planned a protest of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, where heated protests have been held since George Floyd, an African American in Minneapolis, died on the street at the hands of four police officers, all of whom have since been fired, and charged in relation to his death.

The Movement’s protest at Wildey, outside the offices of the US Embassy, was halted by police, however, because it had exceeded the ten people allowed to congregate under the new COVID-19 protocols.

In his video yesterday, Denny said the Movement would continue to push for the protest, since the freedom of association remains a “God-given right.” (BA)


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