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INDECOM responds to alleged police fear

Published:Thursday | June 9, 2016 | 6:52 AM

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is seeking to make it clear it will not stand in the way of the police lawfully carrying out their duties to end an illegal protest in Clarendon.

The protest by residents of Mullet Hall in Clarendon entered its third day yesterday, preventing students and others from going about their daily activities.

Yesterday, Member of Parliament for the area, Pearnel Charles, reportedly told the media that the police had expressed concern about clearing the road blocks for fear of being prosecuted by INDECOM.

However, in a release last night INDECOM said the situation in Mullet Hall, Clarendon appears to be an illegal protest by citizens.

It says the police acting to pacify a protest and clear debris from a thoroughfare does not amount to an instance of abuse.

Additionally, the Commission says it is confident that the members of the police force can enforce the law without breaching the rights of citizens. 

INDECOM also says it has advised the residents that their actions are illegal and should be discontinued or carried out in a peaceful and legal manner.