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Corporation to protest municipalities’ reform

The Corporation of Hamilton is asking for residents' support tomorrow as members protest against amendments to the Municipalities Act.

The protest will take place outside the Cabinet building at 9.30am, according to City Alderman Carlton Simmons.

The One Bermuda Alliance's commitment to amend the Municipalities Act was outlined in the Throne Speech this January.

Amendments to the Act were passed in the House of Assembly last month and are expected to be presented to the Senate tomorrow.

“The underhanded tactics by the Government was a deliberate strategy to not allow us time to organise and protest,” said Mr Simmons.

“Even if it becomes law, we still have a judiciary arm to see if it breaches any constitutional points. We're going to fight until there's an absolute answer on whether this tramples on the rights of business owners and ordinary citizens.”

He continued: “We're asking people against [the amendments] to join us in protest.”

When contacted, St George's Mayor Garth Rothwell said he had not heard of the plans and declined to comment when asked if his administration would support the protest.

Carlton Simmons (Photo by Mark Tatem)

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Published October 08, 2013 at 6:29 pm (Updated October 08, 2013 at 6:29 pm)

Corporation to protest municipalities’ reform

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