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Don’t Protest Here! Disgruntled Citizens Warned by Police

A supposed planned protest in front of Parliament today (Tuesday, May 04, 2021) has caught the ear of the Royal Saint Lucia Police, resulting in the police public relations department taking to their official Facebook page to release a statement of caution.

The statement reminded citizens that according to the COVID-19 (Prevention and Control) (Prohibition of Assembly) (No. 4) Order’s restriction on social activities 2. The order states that (1) A person shall not host or attend (a) a mass crowd event; Additionally, the Public Order Act Chapter 14.04 of the Revised Laws of Saint Lucia, prohibits marches near certain premises (including government buildings in Castries), or otherwise, without the written permission of the Commissioner of Police.

The Commissioner of Police has denied receiving any applications for permission to hold a march or protest and indicated that any gatherings will be treated as unlawful and attendees will be asked to disperse.

Scores of citizens expressed their dissatisfaction with the current Government’s plans to extend the State of Emergency a further 90 days during today’s sitting.

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