MP Kelvin Shugy Simon Threatens Legal Action Against Development Control Authority Over Billboard Removal

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MP Kelvin Simon Threatens Legal Action Against DCA Over Billboard Removal

MP Kelvin Shugy Simon of St Mary’s South has taken a firm stand against what he perceives as government overreach and interference with freedom of speech.

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Simon is threatening legal action against the Development Control Authority (DCA) stemming from the removal of a billboard cover at his branch office in Bolans.

The incident in question occurred on Friday when DCA members, accompanied by police, removed a canvas covering a billboard featuring a statement about Brian Stuart-Young, the embattled CEO of the Global Bank of Commerce.

Simon described the situation as “disheartening” and criticized the actions as an infringement on freedom of speech and expression.

He stated, “It’s not a way or a direction that a country that believes in democracy should be going.”

Simon highlighted the pattern of billboard removals whenever they feature content critical of certain individuals, particularly Prime Minister Gaston Browne and Brian Stewart Young.

He emphasized that the content on the billboard was factual and not defamatory, yet it faced removal shortly after being displayed.

Regarding the legal aspects, Simon asserted, “I’m going to take DCA to court for trespassing and removing property from a property they have no right to remove.”

He emphasized the importance of government bodies facing legal consequences for their actions and not acting with impunity.

The interview on the Snake Pit on Saturday also touched upon broader issues of government transparency and accountability.

Simon criticized the government’s handling of various matters, including financial institutions and corruption allegations.

He questioned the government’s silence on certain issues and expressed concerns about the independence of regulatory bodies like the DCA.

Simon reeaaffimred his commitment to challenging what he perceives as injustices and ensuring that freedom of speech is upheld in Antigua and Barbuda.

He called on others to join him in holding government institutions accountable and protecting democratic principles.

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