A weekend release from the group, headed by former Labour Government Minister, Mr. Dwyer Astaphan, extended an invitation for members of the public to join them for a public meeting on Wednesday 27th April, at 8:00pm, at the CEMACO Parking Lot, In Ponds pasture, East Basseterre.
The notice stated, “It is intended that said Public Meeting will be aired live on at least one Radio Station in the Federation. However, the residents of St. Kitts & Nevis are invited to be personally present at the meeting, especially given the critical importance of matters to be discussed.”
The release continued, “It was unfortunate that while permission for the Freedom March of 15th April, 2011, had been contained in a letter from the Police Commissioner dated 8th
April, 2011, Mr. Dwyer Astaphan received said letter only on 14th April, 2011, one day before the Freedom March, and said letter stipulated a change in route from the one which had been originally applied for.”
“Said change directed the Freedom March to the back of Government Headquarters on
College Street, instead of to the front on Church Street as was the intention. No discussion, no explanation given,” said the release.
A spokesman for the group said that they are of the view that this action has its origins in the political directorate, that it is unwarranted, unfair and unreasonable, and
Operation Rescue wishes to advise all concerned that they will not condone the denial of the right of the people of this country to use the public streets legally and peacefully.
Wednesday’s public meeting is expected to run until 11:00pm.