Opposition to be blamed for causing this deplorable situation – Govt.
The Office of the President last night blamed the opposition, especially the Alliance For Change (AFC), for causing the protests at Agricola which caused thousands to be stranded.
Below is a full text of the message released by the Office of the President:
“The Office of the President rejects outright any contention that the protests on the East Bank are peaceful protests. The criminal activities have been provoked by the Opposition diatribes against Minister Clement Rohee which saw Nigel Hughes and Moses Nagamootoo of the AFC declaring an ultimatum to President Donald Ramotar to remove the Minister by midnight of October 10th. Earlier, the Leader of the Opposition had stated his no-confidence in the Guyana Police Force. The Government rejected the ultimatum, as a result of which the AFC, by the following morning, reacted by conspiring with APNU to start a new wave of protests at the Courts in Georgetown. The response was so insignificant that the protestors were encouraged to relocate and intensify their actions at Agricola, repeating tactics observed during the Linden protests.
The protestors engaged in blocking traffic there on the East Bank Highway, lighting fires on the roadway, burning tyres, attacking police officers, preventing the Fire Service from operating, assaulting and robbing innocent bystanders and destroying public and private property. Commuters, women and children, have been trapped for hours in non-moving traffic and when forced to walk have been subjected to intimidation, assault, extortion and robbery.
The Opposition, primarily the AFC, has to be blamed for causing this deplorable situation.
There can be no excuse for this APNU/AFC cultivation of violence, public disorder and criminality.
We cannot condone the Opposition challenging the Law Enforcement authorities by encouraging unprovoked violent protests. These actions of the Opposition must be condemned by all Guyanese.”