Man detained after promoting opposition rally through the streets

Payne's vehicle

Sylvester Payne was detained for several hours today after using loud speakers to promote a United Progressive Party (UPP) public rally.
His detention was in relation to a suspicion that he contravened the Public Order Act and possibly other laws.
Payne was questioned and then released after he used his vehicle with two loud speakers on the top, to promote the July 20 event.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Joseph Hughes told Antigua News Room that while the UPP sought permission for the rally they also need permission to broadcast the advertisement in the manner that they did.
He said the letter requesting permission for the advertisement by loud speaker was passed on to Police Commissioner Wendell Robinson but it’s not certain whether the approval process was completed.
The deputy commissioner told ANR that getting permission to rally does not mean automatic permission to advertise loudly through the streets.
Payne is represented by Attorney Leon Chaku Symister.
The UPP will rally on Thursday during a special youth activity that is expected to highlight their list of concerns with the running of the country.
It will be held from 7:30 p.m at Old Road.

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  1. law is law u cant be doing want u feel like on government streets but on the other hand police need to worry about getting Antigua streets under control and stop worry about loud speakers

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