“Porn” Ashtray: Rastasfarian President “Lapolis inn fer anlev li”

He could not believe his eyes. The president of the Rastafarian sociocultural Association (ASR) fell naked when, during a trip to Curepipe, he saw the abject object. “C’est un cendrier représentant un rasta qui chevauche une femme. C’est un manque de respect total envers notre culture,” says José Rose. An “aberration” which he also denounced during a press conference at the weekend.

Curepipe shop owner was ordered to remove the 'porn' ashtray of his shop.

Curepipe shop owner was ordered to remove the ‘porn’ ashtray of his shop.

For him, it is unacceptable that we allow the sale of such things which is why he took the case to the police’s attention. He asked the Curepipe owner of the store to remove the ashtray of discord from his shop. “Est-ce que ce commerçant a un permis pour vendre ce type d’objet ? Comment se fait-il que la douane n’ait rien fait ?,” continues José Rose. “Nous exigeons que l’on respecte notre religion, nos croyances. Ce genre de chose nous rabaisse. C’est de mauvais goût.

In any case, a visit to the store in question – where you can see dozens of statuettes of deities – showed that the “porno” ashtray had disappeared from the shelves. “Lapolis inn fer anlev li,” repeated the president of the ASR.

And is the unwanted ashtray being sold elsewhere? “Aparaman ena enn lot magazin kot vann sa. Nou pou bizin menn enn lanket lor la.

Another battle that Rastas continue to lead: the one on the Chamarel Triangle, their place of worship. Legal steps have been taken to dislodge it. However, Rastafarians do not plan to sit idle after knowing the threat. “Nous ne céderons pas,” fumed José Rose. The case will be called in court on October 5.

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