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Bahamas: Attorneys to sue PM on behalf of 39 arrested protestors

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Attorney Wayne Munroe, QC, who represents a group of protestors who were arrested yesterday morning for breach of the emergency orders, said he plans to take legal action against Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis in a personal capacity on their behalf.

Organizers and dozens of other people who gathered near Windsor Park on East Street Tuesday morning to march onto Bay Street in protest of the seven-day lockdown implemented in New Providence on Monday evening were arrested.

A group of  intended protestors sat in front of Super Value and decried the immediate lockdown, claiming residents, particularly the vulnerable, were unable to prepare to survive the period.

The arrests led to an emotive standoff between officers and scores of residents of the area, during which, several more people were detained.

According to Munroe, over 30 people were taken to the Cable Beach, Wulff Road and Central Police Stations.

“There is a group of us working on the litigation; we are going to be representing them,” he told Eyewitness News.

“If they are charged with curfew violation we can sue the competent authority is his personal capacity where he [would have] to pay the damages. I am going to be encouraging them to do that.”

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