Another Mauritian Tale about Police Brutality… But shouldn’t we go beyond ?
On the 2nd of March this year, the news came out as a traumatising shockwave to entire Mauritius!
Iqbal Toofanny, 42 yr-old father of three, was declared deceased by the coroner, 48 hrs after his arrest and stay in custody. Publicized photographic evidence showed multiple contusion and bruises, on several parts of Toofanny’s body. These made no doubt about how the 42 year old citizen, was mistreated, brutalized and beaten up while in Police Custody.
Five suspects, all CID (Central Investigation Department) officers, were indicted on charges of torture and later bailed out on a Rs 9 000 (300 USD) bond, after 24 hrs detention. This, by itself, has been lived through as mere injustice, by an entire empathic population. The entire Police Force and Mauritian judiciary became (again) suspects of unequal justice delivery, towards simple citizen. How can five Police officers come out with a Rs 9000 bail, when there are strong unrebuttable presumption of torture and manslaughter? The Scene was set!
To the eyes of many, this kind of situation could have triggered social chaos. Should this had happened under the previous detested Ramgoolam government, there would have definitely been profound social unrest and riots, like in 1999 when iconic creole singer Kaya died in Police Custody. Continue reading
Article par Alain Bertrand, paru dans Le Mauricien du 19 septembre 2013
La Nouvelle Carte d’identité biométrique…
Image fictive basée sur les applications possibles Nouvelle Carte d’identité biométrique…
Boite de Pandore a la Mauricienne…
Pandore céda à la curiosité qu’Hermès lui avait donnée et ouvrit la boîte, libérant ainsi les maux qui y étaient contenus. Elle voulut refermer la boîte pour les retenir; hélas, il était trop tard ! Seule l’Espérance, plus lente à réagir, y resta enfermée. La boite qu’elle ouvrit se nomma alors Boite de Pandore.
Mythologie grecque Continue reading
Azir Moris celebrates Mandela Day in Albion, Mauritius
Mr Mandela has spent 67 years making the world a better place. We’re asking you for 67 minutes.
Responding to a call by the UN to celebrate Nelson Mandela‘s birthday this year on the theme “67 minutes of your time “, Azir Moris has devoted 67 minutes (and a little bit more) to helping others, in Albion, Mauritius. Continue reading
The Big Season Cleanup has started on the Mauritian Social Networks
Havoc in the Mauritius “SocialMediaverse”?
Racism, Sex and Trolls are seriously being dealt with on the Mauritian Facebook Network these days. Pages and accounts are being forced to spontaneously close down and the surge in repressing ill-doers by local police, is being welcomed.
But this was bound to happen within a constantly growing network. As the +300k users local platform matures, more illegal (by local standards) curiosities are being uncovered, pointed out and denounced. Individuals are feeling the urge to clean up the mess caused by excessive freedom abuse by some very few wayward apprentices. Continue reading
My 2011 Facebook year was a bright one…
Thanks to Mauritian Facebookers for making my year !
We have been almost 300,000 Mauritians to connect regularly as Facebookers. With enhanced Social Media Growth (+7.44%) and penetration (+23.09%), we are top of the hill, 2nd in Africa behind Tunisia. In fact, we stand proudly in the global streamline at a reasonable 97th position on 213, regarding population penetration.
First, my 2011 Social Media Awards
Take a guy in his mid 20s, off fresh from the local University, dress him like his contemporaries (jeans, fanciful Tshirts and Branded sneakers), get him an Engineering degree, a red urban car, a mouth no-one would dare challenge and you have one Havish Gokool, prominent Azir Moris figure and a regular Facebooker.
Described like this, the guy may seem like just an ordinary Mauritian Desi boy, with an average life and a traced future in some private company. We can imagine him married, a dad, living a laid-back styled respectful life in a cosy home until late elderness takes the toll out of him. But that won’t be the Havish I know, that one who chose the hard way to learn life as a fully fledged, bred and born Mauritian. Continue reading
Then Came The Political Awakening
Through 2010, I started to reflect on ways to respond to a long going chain of ill-doings and scandals by the people mandated by the Mauritian nation as a whole, to run the country’s everyday affairs and to protect the most vulnerable of our society. Institutionalized corruption, incompetence and bad governance, all linked to religious and communal nepotism, have been distorting the Mauritians‘ people view of normal life. This has lead to greater egoistic approaches to social problems which in turn left the poorer part of the population deprived of the most basic attention.
I then started to voice out through Facebook pages but realized that it would be a lonely Don Quixote-like battle. I needed to find a natural born leader to intensify the fight. This moment came in 2011.
Late August 2011, a simple call from controversial Mauritian social activist and photographer Jameel Peerally got a new movement going via Facebook. The WANTED 15000 youngsters to save our future initiative was born and with it, the hope to make things move and advance. I joined the movement, on the basis of my 15-yr old friendship with Jameel Peerally, with the will to help out with my experience of Social Media Strategy and Management. From thereon, my will to fight all sorts of injustice in Mauritius did nothing but grow exponentially and proportionally as I discovered more and more of my fellow contrymen’s hardship.
I am proud today to expose my intimate political conscience.