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Cabinet Office rally today

Protest: campaigner Eugene Dean (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Campaigners opposed to Covid-19 public safety measures will be holding a protest on the grounds of the Cabinet office this evening.

Describing the event as a “worldwide rally for freedom”, pressure group Bermuda Freedom Alliance said the demonstration will start at 5pm.

Organisers say the event was meant to have take place at the Botanical Gardens – but claim the venue had to be switched after Government refused to grant them a Covid-19 large gathering exemption.

BFA spokesman Eugene Dean said: “We made it very clear to the relevant government representatives that compliance with several of the emergency power mandates would put us in direct conflict with the purpose of the rally.

“Many people from various segments of the community have valid concerns with our handling of the pandemic in Bermuda, and, as a result, have been doing their best to cope.

“Though this was manageable initially, now there is a growing sense, amongst those same people, that enough is enough.

“Today is an opportunity for all who have concerns to make a statement by standing in solidarity with millions of people around the world, regardless of race, religion, gender, class or political affiliation, who are choosing to show up in person for the protection of their rights, their freedoms and their future.

“All Bermudians and Bermudian residents are invited to attend the rally to show their collective discontent with the discriminatory measures, that have used fear and intimidation, to divide our people, cripple our economy, restrict our movement, and hinder our ability to provide for our loved ones and ourselves.”

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Published July 24, 2021 at 10:32 am (Updated July 24, 2021 at 9:08 am)

Cabinet Office rally today

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