The police should not fire live rounds
The people of Guyana clearly spoke at the last general election and relegated the PPP to a minority government of Guyana. From all indications the PPP will never accept the political reality on the ground.
It will bully its way through Guyana and trample anyone who stands in the way of its quest for unchecked political power and the corrupt enrichment of its elite.
The people of Linden helped to check PPP power by resoundingly rejecting that partyat the polls.
Did the PPP stop to think about the suffering it inflicted on Linden for the last twenty years?
Did it decide that the poor suffering people of Linden had their backs against the wall and was signaling that they were in desperate need of economic relief?
No they immediately set out on a path to implement the final solution for the economic wellbeing of Lindeners; raise the electricity tariff to an unconscionable rate.
The people of Linden realized that they simply cannot afford to pay, but did the government listen? No, in usual fashion they were up to their bully tactics. They have refused to listen to the voices and cries of the poor housewives, single mothers, unemployed and economically depraved, so the people spoke the language the PPP understands- confrontation.
I fully support every action taken by the protesters to draw attention the wicked and vindictive nature of this government. My only regret is that geographical boundaries will not allow me to march in solidarity with the people of my dear hometown.
Some will argue from the comforts of their homes, that people should not resort to violence, but where are those pacific voices when economic cruelty is visited on the people of Linden every day?
I am not an advocate of violence in any shape or form, but when police that are armed to the teeth fire live rounds on innocent, unarmed civilians, what is the resort of these poor people?
Under NO circumstances should the police fire live rounds on unarmed civilians.
What is most comical is that from the news reports I read the police fired live rounds because they were pelted with bottles and stones. Is this the professional force that those in the upper echelons preach about?
Let the Commissioner put his money where his mouth is and deal with the ranks that fired on innocent civilians who were protesting for their right to economic prosperity.
As usual, the government blames the opposition parties, claiming that the elected representatives of the opposition lead the people in their protest and caused lives to be lost.
Did the opposition fire or order the police to fire on the protesters? No amount of propaganda will wash away the blood from the hands of thePresident and the governing party.
The Prime Minister in his statement didn’t even mention regret for the loss of lives. Let us see how the government will deal with the rogue officers who murdered innocent people in cold blood.
What is the reaction of the opposition to this massacre? The AFC is calling for talks!!!!!! Can you believe that? What is it going to sit with Ramotar and talk about? How can the AFC actually sit and talk with this government that hasn’t condemned the actions of the police who murdered their supporters and from all indications will do nothing to stop the bloodthirsty ranks?
The problem with the opposition is that they are going to a gunfight with a penknife. The useless cycle of endless and unfruitful talks will continue, giving the government breathing space while Linden burns.
They do not need to advocate violence but need to take a firm and militant stand, devoid of any ambivalence against the PPP regime.
People of Linden, struggle on for your just share of the economic pie. Suggest to Sam Hinds that Jagdeo’s pension be reduced, NICIL be audited, stop wasting money on wharves that float away, and stamp out corruption to pay for the fuel subsidy for Linden.