Police Commissioner Michael DeSilva a file is being prepared to submit to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on possible “unlawful assembly or obstruction”, following the protest action staged on East Broadway yesterday.

Speaking at a news conference held at the Hamilton Police Station at 1pm, Mr DeSilva said the DPP “will decide whether any charges should be laid.”

This after protesters gathered at Crow Lane at 5am with placards opposed to the Pathways to Status plan announced last month by Home Affairs Minister Michael Fahy.

The demonstration caused rush-hour traffic delays on East Broadway.

Citing the Public Order Act Commissioner DeSilva said: “Any protest that takes place in a public street must have a permit issued from the Deputy Governor’s office, and all and any directions given by the police must be complied with.

“That does not appear to be the case this morning, and some of the behaviours demonstrated may constitute the offenses of unlawful assembly or obstruction. Accordingly, we are preparing a file for submission to the Director of Public Prosecutions to decide whether any charges should be laid.

“The protest this morning caused significant and unnecessary disruption to the free movements of the general public,” said Mr DeSilva.

The early morning demonstration lasted until just after 9am.

By Ceola Wilson

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