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Five arrested for taking part in Street Dance Battle, NGOs denounce ‘double standards’

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Five residents of Batterie-Cassée, Sainte-Croix, found in the outskirts of Port Louis, were arrested for having participated in a Street Dance Battle.

They have been accused of having carried out “an activity in breach of Quarantine Act” – which restricts the any gathering of more than people. Hundreds of onlookers were reportedly present to watch the battle.

The five people were released by Police Louis District Court after paying a bail amount of Rs6,000 and acknowledging debt of Rs50,000. Their lawyers and social rights activists are said to have contributed to pay the bail, Defi Media reported.

Lawyer Rama Valayden described the arrest clients as “arbitrary” and “unconstitutional”.

In Le Mauricien newspaper, Social activist Bruneau Laurette criticised what he described as “selective police inquiry” – and referred to a video of Health Minister Kailesh Jagutpal having fun at a party, without a sanitary mask or social distancing. The video was widely circulated on social media.

During a press conference, Minister Jagutpal has criticised the circulation of the video, calling it as an intrusion in his family life.

Laurette denounced that police had not yet quizzed the minister. “You cannot have two laws: one for ministers, one for the people,” he claimed.

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