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Jamaica Observer: CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) – A request for a “black lives matter” rally to be held here on Friday, has been turned down by the police.

St Lucia’s Acting Police Commissioner, Milton Desir, in a letter on Wednesday, informed the Goodwill Ambassador, Taj Weekes – who was helping to facilitate the rally – of the decision.

In the letter, the acting Police Commissioner, pointed to the Emergency Powers (Disasters) (COVID-19) (Curfew) (No 8) order, 2020 and quoted the order as placing restrictions on social activities.

In an interview with the St Lucia Times newspaper, Weekes said that it’s “unfortunate that they cannot see the necessity of a march at such a time”.

Weekes said that while he understands the COVID-19 protocols in place here, the conversation was not allowed regarding how they could have made the event possible.

The advocacy group Black Lives Matter, St Lucia, said the peaceful protest was planned as a show of solidarity with the protest movement against police violence and racial injustice that has been sweeping the United States and the world.

The movement was sparked by the police killing of George Floyd, an African-American man, during an arrest in Minneapolis on May 25.

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