Solomons Civil Society Group Gives Warning To Police

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JCSG seeking permission to stage forum on impeachment petition

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Oct. 3, 2013) – The Joint Civil Society Group & Concerned Citizens (JCSG & CC) yesterday issued a 14 days’ notice to the Acting Commissioner of Police seeking permission to stage a public forum in Honiara, Solomon Islands, for the Peoples’ Petition to Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo.

Interim chairman and Acting CEO of ANSI Barnabas Henson said the notice was made pursuant to section 2 of the Processions and Public Assemblies Act (Cap 29).

"It gives notice of JCSG & CC’s intention to assemble within the precincts of Honiara City at the expiry of the mandatory period of 14 days. The period of notice expires on Wednesday 16 October," Mr. Henson explained.

"Subject to an approval from the Police Commissioner’s office, the public forum will be staged under a controlled and confined environment to ensure there is less room for breaches of peace and public safety."

He further clarified the staging of the forum will be an assembly of members of the public and not a protest march or public demonstration as rumored by members of the public.

"I must reiterate that the JCSG & CC in line with its non-violent strategy does not and will not direct any of its involvement to any public protest or demonstration.

"Nonetheless we as members of society must take heed that where good reason is not at hand, redress is bound to be sought in the streets, in demonstrations and protests which create tensions and threaten violence and threaten lives.

"We are confronting a crisis of moral leadership and ethics as a country and as a people hence it cannot be met by repressive political action.

"Those who do nothing are inviting indignity as well as violence but those who act boldly are recognising right as well as reality."

Mr. Henson added there is another necessary measure which only Prime Minister Lilo or his government can provide but it must be provided sooner than later.

"And that measure is for PM Lilo to take voluntary action and resign from office in order to put an end to this moral madness.

"We are calling again on PM Lilo’s help in making it easier for the nation to move ahead and to provide the kind of responsible leadership which we would want ourselves; to give a chance for all citizens of this nation to grow and develop to the limit of his talents.

"The people of Solomon Islands have a right to expect the Prime Minister to be responsible, to uphold the law, the Constitution, and their will. This is what we are talking about and this is a matter which concerns this country and what it stands for, and in meeting it, we humbly ask PM Lilo to resign."

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