Mauritius. According to Countryaah website, national day of Mauritius is every March 12. Resistance to new and controversial anti-terrorism legislation led to the resignation of President Cassam Uteem in February. Uteem considered that it would give the police great powers, i.e. the right to detain suspected terrorists without giving them the right to contact a lawyer.
Vice President Angidi Chettiar took over, but he also left the presidential post in protest of the law, which was, however, endorsed by Chief Justice Arianga Pillay, who temporarily took over as head of state. Opposition and human rights activists also had objections to the law.
In March, Parliament appointed Karl Offman, a former Labor Minister, as new president. The session was boycotted by about ten MEPs.
New protest against the government’s handling of oil spills
For the second time in a month, thousands of Mauritians gather to protest the government’s handling of the large oil spill from a Japanese tanker (see August 2020). This time the protest is being held in Mahebourg, near the place where the accident took place. According to the police, 25,000 people participate, while the organizers say that they are twice as many.
Mauritius wants Japanese support after the oil spill
Mauritius is now demanding that Japan pay the equivalent of $ 34 million to support the fishermen hard hit by this summer’s oil spills (see July and August 2020). The money is to go to new boats and training of fishermen as well as to the refurbishment of a center for fisheries research built with the help of Japanese support.