Mr. Watson should issue a public retraction
I refer to a letter published in your newspaper purportedly penned by Abraham Watson where he made certain accusations to the conduct of Freddie Kissoon during our protest action of the Aquatic Centre.
The claims made by Mr. Watson are disrespectful, rude and totally untrue.
I was present at the protest action with Mr. Kissoon and other patriotic Guyanese from the start to finish, and at no time was any of the team disrespectful or threatening to the staff present. In fact, I was elected to be the spokesperson for the group for that selfsame reason; we wanted to convey our concerns (i.e. the non-accessibility of public pools to the general public) knowing fully well that our concerns could not be addressed by the staff present, but was a matter for the policy makers.
I took particular care to ensure that our actions would not compromise the employment of the staff present; as such I asked the supervisor to telephone his superior to convey our demands, a request to which he complied, afterwards informing us that we have to address our concerns with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport.
Our entire protest action was recorded by the electronic media, thus the above facts can easily be ascertained. Mr. Watson should issue a public retraction to Mr. Kissoon for the false statements that he has allowed his name to be affixed to, since if this matter is taken further, they can have legal consequences.
It is sad that for someone who claims to have been a member of such a noble institution as the military, that Mr. Watson can so easily be misled.