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Feb 4, 2019

Citizens for the Defence of Sovereignty and its Purpose

Assad Shoman has been making his rounds on the media pushing for a YES vote at the April tenth referendum. This morning he appeared on Open Your Eyes. Shoman is the face of a not-for-profit organization that goes by the name, Citizens for the Defence of Sovereignty or C.D.S., which emerged recently and is outwardly promoting a YES vote to the I.C.J. referendum. Shoman was among five former foreign ministers, including the Prime Minister, who signed off on a declaration to say YES and has been from north to south of the country pushing a YES vote.  He has written several publications and has been intimately involved in the issue over decades.  As April tenth quickly approaches, Shoman is not holding back any punches in his position. This morning, several issues were raised with him and we started with C.D.S. and its membership.

Assad Shoman

Assad Shoman, Citizens for the Defence of Sovereignty

“The organization actually has very broad aims and objectives, but the most immediate one that we are looking at now is to do with the referendum for the I.C.J.  So we are concentrating on that, but there are many other things to deal with social justice, freedom, equality and so on in our society that this organization hopes to deal with in the future. There are many others who for different reasons don’t wish to be named. Some of them work for this and that organization and especially now when there is a strong hate campaign against those who dare to support a YES vote or vote YES. So many people are really frightened.”


Shoman went on to name the three member group to include: himself, Jordan Craig and Mariana Verde. He is also provided by a vehicle and driver from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and operates out of Marine Parade.  He also said today that he has never been part of the Referendum Unit.

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