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100,000 protesters storm Mauritian capital after catastrophic oil spill kills dozens of dolphins

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Around 100,000 protesters took to the streets of the capital Port Louis in Mauritius on Saturday, three weeks after an oil spill caused by the grounding of a cargo ship and days after dozens of dolphins were found dead, Independent reported.
Marchers, dressed in black, held placards with drawings of dolphins or stating “citoyen leve citoyen” (citizens wake up citizens) and others waved Mauritian flags as they walked peacefully through the capital. Several statues, including one of Queen Victoria, were also wrapped in the Mauritian flag.
It was one of the largest public demonstrations in recent Mauritian history. Siddick, 65, who declined to give his full name, said: “I travelled two hours to get here. I’ve never seen so many people before.” A commentary in Le Mauricien, a national newspaper, said: “It’s clear we are at a turning point in the history of our country.”
Many shops in Port Louis closed early as owners joined the demonstration. Others set up makeshift stalls to provide fruit juices to marchers.
Participants amassed under a scorching early summer sun at St Louis Cathedral, one of the country’s oldest churches. They were addressed by several activists who criticised the Mauritian government for its handling of the oil spill and called for it to step down.

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