It did not take long for Mauritians to react following the creation of the group shouting for the boycott of Mauritius. After nearly two months of trial, the judgement pronounced in the case of Michaela McAreavey Harte has created an uproar in the society. The culprits are still in the wild while the police is blamed for their amateurism work. All of us want to know the truth and the murderers must be punished. But on the other side of the world, many Irish people have only one thing in mind : Boycott the island.
We have witnessed how low some Irish people have stooped in the said group. Some Mauritians have tried to defend the island because boycotting the island will neither bring back Michaella Harte nor it will bring justice. Above all, boycotting the island is only creating a negative image of the island, including the population. None of us are to be blamed, so why all this fuss?
Some Mauritians whom I won’t name here have grabbed this boycottage group as an opportunity to add fuel to the fire, making things even worst. Mauritians promptly responded by creating another Facebook group, “Against Boycott Mauritius“, mainly to discuss about the hate towards our island. The fairly recent group quickly grew to over 19,000 members (as at today) in just a couple of days. If you still remember, another group of persons once gathered some 15k members painfully after a huge campaign and only a handful of them showed their presence in a real-lfe gathering.
So many lessons to learn and conclusions to draw from the recent happenings but above all, justice needs to prevail…
The Harte family is very popular in Ireland, hence the disproportionate backlash. In the past, such petty things led to wars between countries. (Ever heard of Troy?)
IMO we should have kept quiet on this one and let the storm die on its own. This counter-group add fuel to the fire. While most Irish are poor and cannot afford a holiday in Mauritius, do not underestimate their network and the negative impact of their campaign if it spills over Europe.
Ireland,the country where terrorism was invented, we have no lesson to receive from them.
I think if you go back and review your history you will find that terrorism has existed as lon of g as man has fought wars. Any force acting in an agressive and violent manner against civilian populations has been viewed as terrorists from their point of view. The pro-crown population in america viewed those fighting for independence as terrorists as did the monarchy in france and so on and so forth..In ireland unfortunately we had and still have people that feel it is wrong and illegal for another country to be occupying a part of our country hence some of these have decided to fight the only way they can..Terrorism was in no way invented in ireland so kindly refrain from making such ignorant comments on topics which you obviously have no knowledge.
The cause is just, but gotta hate the teenagers and freshmen going along their new-found sense of patriotism and raging with poor arguments on the ‘boycott Mauritius’ group. A lot of Mauritian ex-pats living in Ireland are making things even worse by adopting some sickening ‘holy than thou’ attitude and bashing the country on the ‘boycott’ group.
For the Irish, the whole situation is your typical celebrity worship. Gullible people getting emotionally invested in their favourite glamour and football icons, while the Irish media and politicians massively capitalize on their vulnerability.
Go find the same level of coverage or political involvement for the 2 women murdered the same month as Michaela in Ireland last year! Nada! It wasn’t half a world away.
There was even a controversial piece, written by Vince Browne, exposing the Irish media agenda regarding these two murders and the Michaela Harte’s one. Gotta respect the guy for going against the mob behaviour publicly.
The website is down though, but here’s a mirror for those interested.
Despite the warranted rage, I do hope this trend dies a quick death in Ireland. We have less credibility on a world-wide scale compared to the influential parties backing it there.
Their boycotting us is not a surprise, and who would be given how our authorities allow tourists to be treated since the early 1990’s: like cash cows for taxis taking them for a “shortcut” through all “duty-free” shops, milking them with “tourist” prices whenever/wherever possible, or all-inclusive packages like hamsters in a cage that they’v got to pay for keeping it rolling.
But what baffles me is the deafening silence of one person in particular: Rampersad, the Commissioner of Police is nowhere to be seen these days. It is also nice to see Mr Super Arrogant head of the MCIT still parading with his bright red necktie…
And I got a terrible heart ache was when the prime suspect, unable to retain his tears upon recounting his torture at the hands of the MCIT and fearing his last breaths while remembering his loved-ones, was scolded by the magistrate, and summoned to “maîtriser ses émotions”. Nice to hear that we are supposed to be acting like robots when deponing in court, and that emotions, raw and coming from the guts, are immediately suspicious as if everyone is guilty of crocodiles tears’ until proven the contrary.
Nice country indeed – all I can do is to wish ardently that those who failed in their duty as human beings and as professionals to suffer the same fate as those who were aggrieved by their deeds and words. Painfully, de préférence…
And these events confirms one very nice thing about Mauritius: some group has a noble motive of unifying Mauritians around some noble cause: following is very slow. Some bucketheads bark in terms of ethnic division, and you see people coming by truck loads to howl in unison (inversion of languages on bank notes, excessive volume of prayers from a loudspeaker in a residential area, to name a very few examples). All this clashes with my childhood memories when my neighbours helping each other during hardships or after cyclones, I recall. All this brings me to wish that we get hit very very hard by some natural calamity, just to check whether this original, true and pure Mauriitan solidarity is still alive somewhere. Just in case…
I have read comments on some forums with people saying Mauritius is not safe etc. I went this year and felt soooooooo safe,crime happens in every country.
Still sad that this happened 😦
One of the vultures of this case gets a deserved punishment: