Civil rights activist, Loftus Durand, has called on Dominicans who believe in justice to turn out in large numbers outside of the Police Headquarters in protest to express their disgust following an incident that occurred yesterday where two men were arrested for allegedly flying a drone in Morne Daniel.
Well-known vlogger Lynworth (Mystelics) Mitchell, and videographer/photographer Jahwanza Stuart, were taken into police custody for allegedly flying the drone in that area.
“This case is a clear case of intimidation and indeed a travesty of justice, so we are calling on right thinking Dominicans, those who believe in justice, those who believe in country to come out and show their disgust, like it is being done in all other democracies around the world,” Durand said during an interview with Dominica News Online (DNO) on Thursday.
He continued, “When persons are disgusted with any democracy they come out with their voices, their placards, their drums, their pots, their pans and make it known that what is going on they do not stand for it.”
Meantime, Opposition Leader Lennox Linton, through a Facebook video, said he believes the incident is , “very political”, oppressive and discriminatory.
Linton indicated that the charge as he understands [it], is espionage under the State Security Act chapter 14:02.
He explained that espionage is about activities that are prejudicial to, harmful to, hurtful of the interest of the state of Dominica in so far as it concerns the country’s security.
“I took a little time to read that Act this morning and, frankly, from a common sense reading of the law, I see nothing that these gentlemen could have been doing yesterday afternoon that warrant[ed] the action by the police against them,” he remarked.
Linton is expecting more people to turn out to express their outrage at what he referred to as the savagery that is being visited on the two young Dominican men.