Oct 31, 2011 News
…police to review CCTV recordings
The Peoples Progressive Party Civic is again reporting that individuals have been vandalizing its election paraphernalia such as billboards.
The party reported that they have contacted the police and have urged them to review the Closed Circuit Televisions recordings which may have evidence, since the damaged election materials were placed in strategic locations so as to ensure that any such acts of vandalism are caught on camera.
PPP/C Spokesman Robert Persaud reported yesterday that during the course of Saturday, the party suffered terribly at the hands of a gang that was moving around in a black Tacoma vehicle, “chopping our billboards, in some cases throwing paint on it, also in some instances persons used ladder and were climbing up and removing these things.”
“Our teams and activists who are on the road again, we are asking them not to engage in any confrontation because I rather suspect these acts are about provocation,” Persaud said at a PPP/C press conference yesterday.
According to Persaud, his party is urging the Guyana Police Force to be tough and to take the necessary action.
“I am advised that there is surveillance tape of these actions because of the CCTV that have been put around the city, some of these billboards were placed strategically in that area, so there is some level of evidence…We have formally asked that the tapes be reviewed by the Guyana Police Force so that they can bring the culprits to justice.”
Persaud also urged the police to take the surveillance tape and make it available to the media so that the wider public can see those who are involved, “To see the vehicle number of this black Tacoma that is driving around with the band that is carrying out this destructive act.”
Persaud also drew reference to the fact that on Nomination Day they observed the behaviour of representatives of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) at City Hall where the Police “were totally disrespected.
“Where you had a former Commissioner of Police himself trying to justify crossing the Police barricade and the Police line of (control)…Again, I want to signal our disappointment, our disgust at this type of behaviour. But the wider society should take note and should urge all political parties to ensure that we conduct ourselves in a very civil manner,” Persaud stated.
The former Commissioner of Police that Persaud referred to was Winston Felix.
Persaud said that some three weeks ago he had projected that things would not get better “unless we see the signing of the Code of Conduct by political parties and the reality is that things have not gotten better, in terms of civility, in terms of respect for other people’s right to campaign and to have their elections material up.”
Persaud said that, “it represents or shows some level of desperation in the opposition camp to be engaged in this type of behaviour.”
He said that he is urging the political parties to sign the Code of Conduct because it will send to their supporters and their activists a strong message, “as we have done to ours that we must engage in a very healthy, a very tolerant and a very civil elections campaign.”
“We have made it clear to out activists, when you go and put up your posters and your flags or your other materials, do not trouble any other political party’s own, and you can see that demonstrated across the country.”
The PPP/C spokespersons said that the party is very saddened by “this fact and again I want to urge civil society and other groups to urge the opposition political parties that they sign the Code of Conduct…we do hope it does not heighten an uncivil and disruptive type of campaign.”
Meanwhile, high winds on Saturday night and early Sunday morning flattened PPP/C billboards bearing the photograph of its presidential candidate Donald Ramotar.
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