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Suriname: Police union: “No one can be deprived of the right to protest”

“The police union has been silent for a long time. We always had an individual point of view that we did not share with society. After it has been confirmed by the district commissioner, we will also make it public, ”a statement by police union chairman Raoul Hellings. He said the right to demonstrate is enshrined in the constitution.

According to him, no one can deny that right. He states that the police should accompany protesters. He said to members, “When the people start to protest, you give them the opportunity to do it. All you have to do is accompany the protest and ensure that public order is not disturbed. ”

Hellings says that activists should not be duped, because it is their fundamental right. “No lower ranking legislation can violate it.” The chairman says that they are also enforcing what they want through protests. “No one Bhola should come and say you need a permit.”

Sergio Gentle, vice-president of the union, shares the same opinion. He says it is a fundamental right to protest. “Nobody has the right to take you away,” said Gentle. According to him, this fundamental right is being trampled on because no one has sued the state for it.

The police protested yesterday. The SPB chairman had given instructions that the members must abide by the COVID rules and that their democratic right is upheld. The action resulted in their being received by President Chan Santokhi and having talks with a team of ministers last night.

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