Rastafarian Pro-Ganja March Stopped by Police in Guyana
The police on Thursday May 6, 2010 moved to stop a March and picketing exercise planned by the Guyana Rastafarian Council to draw attention to what the group say is its inability to openly use its sacrificial herb- marijuana or what is commonly known as ganja.
The march was expected to start from the Square of the revolution on Thursday morning but was interrupted by the law enforcement officers who said that no permission was given to the group to carry out such an exercise. The police also said that once no permission was granted it was an offence for members of the group to hold up placards and to congregate at the Square of the Revolution in Georgetown.
Vice President of the Council Ras Simeon said that the group had approached the commander of ‘A’ division for permission to march but was told that he was in a meeting at the time.
He said that prior to this move; the community had called for a review of the Narcotic Drugs and psychotropic substances Act: an issue which was also raised with the ERC.
The march today was in solidarity with an international Rastafarian struggle for its members to be more recognized and not be denied to practice their religious beliefs.