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Montreal theme park facing human-rights complaint over Bob Marley t-shirt ban

In Canada on August 18, 2010 at 19:28

A man told to cover up his Bob Marley T-shirt at an amusement park plans to file a human-rights complaint against the facility.

Brunaud Moise alleges that security guards at La Ronde theme park in Montreal ordered him to turn the shirt inside out or leave the premises.

Mr. Moise, who is black, alleges staff singled him out because they associate a black man wearing a Marley shirt with something deviant or criminal.

The 32-year-old says the guards told him the shirt was inappropriate for the family-oriented park.

His grey T-shirt features a design that includes a black-and-white image of the late reggae legend and a cluster of green, marijuana-shaped leaves.

La Ronde says on its website it strictly enforces a dress code that states clothing with rude, vulgar or offensive language and graphics are not permitted.

Mr. Moise, a medical technology specialist from Montreal, says he lodged a verbal complaint with a supervisor before leaving the park with his teenage brother.

He alleges the guards’ actions violate his freedom of expression.

Mr. Moise is seeking damages, reimbursement for two entry tickets and a public apology for himself, his brother and Marley’s family.

La Ronde, owned by U.S.-based amusement park company Six Flags, did not immediately return a request for an interview.

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