I am led to understand a rumour (and that is all it is at the moment) is going around, mostly through Hott radio. This rumour is that businesses have advised their staff to attend the demonstration tomorrow, with the implication that there may be repercussions for staff who do not attend.
I find this particularly bizarre.
Every citizen and resident of Bermuda has various democratic and human rights as outlined in the Constitution and the Human Rights Act. Amongst those are the right to freedom of expression, freedom of opinion and freedom of assembly.
NO ONE CAN TAKE THESE RIGHTS FROM YOU.
Anyone who attempts to interfere with your democratic and human rights are committing a crime, and should be fully investigated. If there is any proof to this rumour, it is a very serious one and needs to be investigated. It is notable however that so far it seems to be nothing more than a rumour, as no businesses have been named and it seems to be mere hearsay. At this point some wouldn’t even be surprised if this is a direct attempt to smear the demonstrations tomorrow and INTERFERE with people’s democratic and human rights.
It is important that this issue is investigated fully. If there is something to it, then the businesses and people involved need to be fully persecuted. If it is found to be false, then those who are actively passing on the rumour, which in this case is Hott, is guilty of interfering with YOUR democratic and human rights and should be investigated accordingly.
At the end of the day, NO ONE can legally interfere with your right to demonstrate or not to demonstrate. The law is clear on this one, there is absolutely no ambiguity. If you want to attend the demonstration, go and attend it. If you do not want to attend it, don’t go. If you want to organise a peaceful counter-demo, go ahead. Its up to you and no one, NO ONE, has the right to stop you.
If you have proof of these threats, let the police know now. And Hott should not be broadcasting this unless they can similarly prove that it is the case. One hopes they have such an ability.
Again, if you are demonstrating, have fun, keep it civil and enjoy. If you’re not demonstrating, well, thats fine too.