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(Caribbean News Service) PARAMARIBO, Suriname, Apr 26 2017 – Trade unions and other civil groups say they will be filing a lawsuit against the Desi Bouterse government for violating their fundamental rights.

The unions and other groups have been staging protests against the government for several days and the legal action followed moves by authorities on Tuesday to prevent the organizations from holding a demonstration at Independence Square in the capital, Paramaribo.

Initially the unions planned to present a petition to the Speaker of the House and applied for a license as is required by law.

However, the District Commissioner changed the planned route of the protest march unilaterally and without the consent of the applicants for the license. As a result, the protesters were not allowed to enter the Independence Square.

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