McDonald Jacob Allows March a week after teargassing

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McDonald Jacob Allows March a week after teargassing

ACTING POLICE Commissioner McDonald Jacob has given permission to Umar Abdullah and his First Wave Movement to host its “World Wide Rally to Freedom” march scheduled for today at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain.

Read McDonald Jacob justifies teargas of anti-vax protesters – T&T

The march is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. and end at 5 p.m.

This follows last Sunday’s event organised by Abdullah and the First Wave Movement when police officers moved in on about 300 people who had assembled at the Savannah for an anti-vaccine march.

Police later used tear gas to disperse the crowd and detained 12 people, including Abdullah.

He was charged on Monday for leading a march around the Savannah without police permission.

But Abdullah complained on Monday that he had tried to get permission from Jacob via e-mail last week but the e-mail bounced back after which he asked a senior police officer to deliver the request to march but he refused.

The State is also facing a potential lawsuit from a family who were tear-gassed at the Savannah last Sunday.

This time, Abdullah has received permission to march today, even though, according to the acting Police Commissioner, the letter, which was received by Jacob’s office on January 18, merely informed the police about today’s march and was not an application.

Jacob drew Abdullah’s attention to Sections 107, 112 and 113 of the Summary Offences Act which relate to public marches and pointed out that a person who wants to organise a public march shall at least 48 hours before, but no more than 14 days before the day of the march, “apply to the Commissioner of Police for a permit”.

Every application must also include details like the address of the person(s) organising the march, the point of departure, route and termination of the march and the hours between which the march will take place, Jacob’s letter to Abdullah stated yesterday.

First Wave granted police permission for today’s rally  Trinidad & Tobago Express Newspapers


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