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Motor Vehicle Rally To Protest IBA Act Amendments

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A protest rally to say “No” to the government’s amendments to the IBA Act will be organized this Friday, December 10 by the Platform for Freedom of Expression. The Motor Rally Vehicle Protest will begin at 2:00 p.m. at Rue Volcy Pougnet (formerly Rue Madame), Port-Louis, near the Pagoda. It will end at 3:30 pm at the Champ-de-Mars. The procession will pass in front of the Central Barracks and the National Assembly.

The leaders of the Platform for Freedom of Expression were in front of the press yesterday on the sidelines of this Friday’s march. Rama Valayden recalled that “motorcyclists allowed to participate”. Dev Sunnasy, made an appeal to the participants: “Let’s respect the health protocol”.

Despite the fact that the preparation of the rally is on the right track, the members of the platform are not completely comfortable with the 22 conditions that the police have imposed on them for the rally.

One of the organizers, Rajen Narsinghen, feels that the Central Barracks is trying to “play down the citizens’ protest” by describing it as a “wake. Platform leader Dev Sunnasy has called for a meeting with the Acting Commissioner of Police to ensure that these “excessive and exaggerated” measures are curtailed.

A wake-up call for this procession, which has already been called “Operation Snail”, by some. “This will not be a slow process since we will not be able to stop along the road; instead, we will have to drive continuously. It will be a show of force. To make the government rethink its decision, I propose that Mauritians take half a day off this Friday and participate in this march. In any case, if the “internal remedies”, i.e. our appeal to the Supreme Court, fail, we will take the case to the United Nations, the European Union and other international bodies”, concluded Rajen Narsinghen.

The opportunity is to appeal to private sector employers to allow their employees to finish early this Friday, at 2 p.m., so that they can, if they wish, participate in the march.

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