Disdain by the PPP/C for the Linden killings
I listened intently to the parliamentary debate on the no-confidence motion against Guyana’s Minister of Home Affairs and National Security Clement James Rohee. I was dismayed and outraged that not one PPP Member of Parliament or Minister of Government found it within their heart to act humanly and condemn the wanton murder of the Linden protestors and the unjust shooting and wounding of about 20-plus others.
Their intransigence conjured up words like callousness and heartlessness, if not – inhuman, in my mind. The ruling PPP’s approach to the debate on this serious matter of urgent public importance seemed tinged with an uncanny flippancy that projected a brutal disdain for those in despair. They seemed indifferent to the cowardly murder of the protestors and impervious to the plight of the people of Linden.
One MP within the PPP even boldly stated that it’s unfair for “the people” on the coastland to pay for the subsidized electricity for “the people” in Linden. This said MP was once a member of Jagdeo’s ethnocratic regime. She was appropriately called out by AFC’s MP, Moses Nagamootoo.
Perfidious expressions of sympathy punctuated the dismal presentations of the PPP’s MPs. Some, like Indra Chandarpal, seemed misguided and oblivious to the gravity of the murder of innocent lives by agents of the State. She invoked all sorts of foolishness and delved into irrelevant history.
Others said that the killings of the protestors were because they had been warned to disperse but refused; as if it is justifiable to murder unarmed, innocent citizens who were exercising their inalienably and constitutional rights.
None of them see their government’s entry into the disgraceful graveyard of despotic states like Syria, Libya, Sudan, Russia and Yemen – regimes who also murdered their own citizens in the practice of democracy. And they also failed to contemplate that Rohee could be liable under the international criminal law for these atrocities.
I was made nauseous as I listened to these PPP ministers line up offering insincere sympathies and defending Clement Rohee. But they refused to condemn the killings in Parliament. Such depravity and disregard for human life is scandalous. It’s by their design injurious to national harmony.
I therefore call on Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, Public Service Minister Dr. Jennifer Westford, Human Services Minister Jennifer Webster, Public Works Minister Robeson Benn, Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Roger Luncheon, Junior Finance Minister Juan Edghill, and Junior Local Government Minister, Norman Whittaker, to unequivocally condemn the killings of the Linden protestors.
We don’t want to hear anymore hollow supplications of sympathies. Keep those for the confessionary. Give us your unqualified condemnation! No equivocations or vacillations. Just a plain, old garden variety condemnation will suffice!