Police have released several workers of BM Soat Auto Sales who were detained on Friday night after they were caught re-erecting a controversial fence at the auto dealers Le Ressouvenir location, on the East Coast of Demerara.
The men were released on self bail after spending the night in a police lock-up, for “provoking a breach of the peace.”
This newspaper had observed the men re-establishing the fence on Friday night at the same location where it was demolished by the Ministry of Works earlier in the day.
It is unclear whether any of them will be charged.
The arrests had occurred after some of the workers, in defiance of the court order granted to the Works Ministry, used welding torches to re-erect part of the structure that the Ministry had demolished.
The Ministry claims that the fence and BM Soat’s office building were constructed on Government reserve, thereby impeding the East Coast Demerara road extension project.
However, management of the auto dealership claims that the land is transported property.
Yesterday, a senior police official explained that the present fence appears to be temporary.
“They still have vehicles at the location, so I suspect that it was put up back for security reasons and not really in defiance of the court order,” he said.
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