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Public protest against tougher Covid-19 restrictions planned

Protest site: Cabinet Office, the proposed site for a protest against Covid-19 regulations (File photograph)

Campaigners against the new Covid-19 clampdown are to organise a protest, it was revealed yesterday.

The organisers claimed that new restrictions were imposed by the Government in a bid to control the public.

A WhatsApp message appealed to supporters to meet outside the Cabinet Office at 10.30pm tomorrow – half-an-hour before the 11pm curfew kicked in.

The WhatsApp message said: “There’s no way that we can continuously sit and accept being herded by the wolves in sheep clothing.

“We stood up for Black Lives Matter. We stood up against Rizzuto.

“We walked and supported the LGBT community. It’s time to stand up for ourselves and our own people.

“We are calling all Bermudians to take part in a silent peaceful protest on Wednesday March 24 against the new curfew restrictions put in place.”

The news came after David Burt, the Premier, said on Saturday that tighter restrictions were needed because of sharp increase in coronavirus infections.

The WhatsApp call to action added: “We will peacefully sit outside cabinet building starting at 10.30pm and we will do this everyday until we are heard. Please wear masks and prepare to social distance.

“This time, the set back is purely about controlling us. We’ve been on restrictions for a whole year and we’ve done nothing but complied.”

The message said: “We need to find a balance so we can get back to some type of normalcy.

“We don’t agree nor do we understand why these time restrictions are set in place.

“This initiative the Government is pushing is solely about controlling us and containing us.”

The police said yesterday they were aware of the message and was trying to contact the organisers.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Martin Weekes added: “The Bermuda Police Service supports peaceful legal protest, as evidenced by the policing of other large scale marches in the last few years including the Black Lives Matter March last year.

“However, we wish to remind the public that the newly announced Covid regulations enacted this past weekend, stipulates that the curfew now commences at 11pm to 5am.”

Mr Weekes warned: “Persons found out during the curfew will be stopped and questioned as to whether or not they are exempted under the regulations.

“Those who are not exempted will be reported for summons to appear in court for breach of Covid regulations.”

He said: “There has been no large group gathering exemption granted by the Ministry of National Security for this event.

“The BPS will be working with the organisers to find alternative ways for them to make their views known, whilst abiding by the current regulations.”

Mr Weekes appealed to the public: “Please continue to do your part to prevent the spread of the virus during the ongoing pandemic and ensure you give yourselves ample time to get home prior to 11pm.”

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Published March 23, 2021 at 8:28 am (Updated March 23, 2021 at 8:28 am)

Public protest against tougher Covid-19 restrictions planned

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