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Things are not going well and they intend to tell it loud to the Government. The Association of Consumers of Mauritius (ACIM), trade unions and several NGOs are teaming up to hold a major protest rally in Port Louis to denounce the recent price hikes, particular regarding fuel and basic commodities.

ACIM Secretary General Jayen Chellum was quoted by Defi Media as denouncing that “taxes disguised as contributions” that are imposed by the State Trading Corporation (STC) and the Government “have become a way to put a hand in the pockets of consumers.”

Jayen Chellum (centre) flanked by Georges Ah Yan and Bruneau Laurette

Citing Statistics Mauritius, Chellum said in 4% of Mauritian families, at least one person skips a meal once a week.

“In 008, when oil was trading at USD147.27, gasoline was selling at Rs 49.50 per litre. Today when it is at USD75, i.e. the half the price of 2008, we are paying

Rs 50.70 per litre.” Social activist Bruneau Laurette said several NGOs are joining to organize the protest rally and actions as from the third week of July.

Several rolling blockages at “strategic locations” at “peak hours” are also on the agenda. Organisers intend to finalise their plans by next week.

Rajen Narsinghen, who reads law at the University of Mauritius, urged Opposition Leader Xavier Duval to present a “Motion of Disallowance” in Parliament against the rise in fuel prices. A legal action against the STC is also being considered.

Georges Ah-Yan, president of the Forum of Free Citizens, announced meetings are being organized in several villages in preparation for the “big moves.”

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