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The 187th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery commemorated in Le Morne

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It is the duty of every citizen to remember this dark period in the history of the world so that humanity does not commit this horror again and lives in serenity.

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PORT LOUIS, Mauritius, February 1, 2022/APO Group/ —

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International Slave Route Memorial in Le Morne

A flower laying ceremony was held today at the International Slave Route Memorial in Le Morne to mark the 187th anniversary of the abolition of slavery, in the presence of Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth.

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Deputy Prime Minister

Among the various eminent guests present were: the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Housing and Spatial Planning, Minister for Tourism, Mr. Louis Steven Obeegadoo; the Minister of Land Transport and Light Rail, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mr. Alan Ganoo; the Minister of Arts and Cultural Heritage, Mr. Avinash Teeluck; the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Charles Gaëtan Xavier-Luc Duval; as well as the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and other personalities.

Prime Minister Jugnauth

In a statement after the wreath-laying ceremony, Prime Minister Jugnauth highlighted that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the health restrictions currently in force in the country, it was decided to organize a restricted ceremony to commemorate the 187th Anniversary. of the Abolition of Slavery. However, he noted, due to prevailing cyclonic conditions, only one wreath-laying ceremony has been held.

Prime Minister

This ceremony, the Prime Minister stressed, is a way of paying tribute to our ancestors, who were victims of slavery. He added that it is the duty of every citizen to remember this dark period of world history so that humanity does not commit this horror again and lives in serenity.

Open Air Museum in Trou Chenilles

In addition, he stressed that the Government has undertaken several initiatives, such as the creation of an Open Air Museum in Trou Chenilles and an Intercontinental Museum of Slavery in Port Louis to show what atrocious conditions slaves lived in and pay tribute to them.

World Heritage Site

It is recalled that Le Morne, a historic site declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2008, is a symbol of the suffering of slaves, of their struggle for freedom and resilience, as well as his sacrifice.

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