Realities in Region 10
As Lindeners continue in the 28th day of the protest initiated to mitigate the increase in the electricity tariff, the government refuses to give in to the needs of the Linden community but rather wants to subject them to cruelty and injustice. What started out as a simple and peaceful legal protest against the increase in the electricity tariffs was turned into a desperate cry for justice after the killings of three Lindeners by ranks of the TSU.
Yet all of the persons, including the President, Home Affairs Minister and the Prime Minister, continue to hold out that they are completely unaware of the killings that took place by the ranks of the TSU on July 18th. It is a fact that none of the officials in control of the TSU knew who gave the order to shoot and it is a sign of faulty management and incompetence.
None of the persons have not been suspended or removed from the positions but more troops continue to flood the streets of Linden with large guns and insist on provoking protestors hoping for them to advance so as to gain the opportunity to open fire.
Unlike traditional strategies taken by previous governments to resolve issues within a country, this government has chosen to take the barbaric route and demand that residents of the mining town clear the roads willingly or have it done by force while still having to pay an electricity tariff that will increase by GYD$45 per kwh (domestic) and GYD$53 per kwh (commercial). Residents of Region 10 are not protesting because they are cheap and do not want to pay the increase as was previously mentioned by some, but to increase the price from $5 to $50 represents a 900% increase (domestic) and GYD$12 to GYD$65 represents a 441% increase (commercial). This is beyond insanity as Linden reportedly has an unemployment rate of over 70%, which gives reason as to why residents of Region 10 are protesting.
They know they cannot afford such a burden which is why they are protesting. Just as everyone has the right to a name, food clothing and shelter, we as Guyanese also have the right to freedom of speech and the right to be loved. Why are we being tear-gassed for utilizing our given ‘fundamental human rights’ rights? Isn’t the freedom to access information another ‘fundamental human right’?