Lindeners and the President’s letter
After three weeks of the Linden protests, a letter was penned in your newspaper August 8th from His Excellency, Donald Ramotar. As a born Lindener, I found the content extremely troubling and felt like I am no longer part of Guyana.
The President first referred to the three Guyanese who tragically lost their lives as “your citizens” as if to say these Lindeners do not belong to the Guyana he governs but only to Linden. It gives me the impression that Linden is a sovereign state separated from the rest of the country. Two paragraphs later he used the word inclusion.
President Ramotar also lists the main companies in Linden for employment. It is a fact that over 20,000 eligible workers are in Linden. The bauxite company employs less than 600 workers and a call centre less than 300 persons. Clearly this shows the state of this once vibrant town and what the Government think about the development of Linden they so promote and support.
The President of Guyana (should I include sovereign Linden?) used the word extremist. First of all, blocking roads and bridges are not extreme by any stretch of the imagination. It happens in many parts of the world including USA and United Kingdom. What is extreme was the shooting of protesters.
Mr. President, there has been no developments in Linden for years. I expected a message of hope and sincere regret for the tragedy of July 18th, 2102 but what I read was a message of defiance and blame game which I have grown accustomed to since your Presidency began.
Citizen of Linden