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Fishermen Union Condemns Demonstrations By Maldivian Tuna Fishermen

The Fishermen Union has strongly condemned that Islamic Democratic Party (IDP) organized fishermen demonstrations planned for Friday saying that the demonstrations is not representative of fishermen.

President of Fishermen Union Ibrahim Umar said that the Fishermen Union strongly condemned the IDP organized fishermen’s demonstrations planned for Friday. He said the demonstrations will have far reaching consequences and may even adversely affect the economy. He further stated that the Fishermen Union, registered nearly 8 months ago, was working for the protection of fishermen’s rights as well as to find solutions to all their problems.

“IDP is planning demonstrations for next Friday for better protection of fishermen’s rights, this might place us in a very difficult situation; we too want better prices for fish catch and it is our objective as well but this demonstrations is directly politically motivated” Ibrahim Umar said.

Ibrahim further said it was the objective of the Fishermen Union to solve the difficulties faced by fisher folks and that the Fisheries Minister Dr. Didi was working hard to solve all the problems of the fisher folks.

President of Fishermen Union Ibrahim Umar further informed that Fishermen Union will not take part in the demonstrations. He also said the demonstrations do not represent the fisher folks or the fishermen noting that membership of the union exceeds 5000 fishermen.

According to IDP the fishermen demonstrations will be at harbor area in front of the President’s Office at 1400 hours on Friday and that the party had identified 12 demands of fisher folks. Included among them are banning MIFCO from actively engaging in fishing and making Rf. 45 per kilo as minimum price for yellow fin tuna. IDP has also stated that demonstrations will continue non-stop until government yields to their demands.