Jul 22, 2013 Letters
Please permit my invaluable comment on the recent ‘declaration of war’ on criminals by our Honorable Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee.
I want to point out that I have had quite a nightmare trying to decipher the messages of this particular Minister, especially as of late, which are strikingly close to what is obtained from the politburo and the presidium.
I think it is reasonable to believe that this Minister has effectively declared war on nearly all Guyanese, contrary to his mirage belief that “it is the criminals that are a very small percentage to our society who create havoc and terror “
Well, pretty much, everyone is a “criminal” these days (at least that is what you are referred to when in police custody) even as a littering offender. Seriously though, if this Minister wants to talk about people being criminals, he needs to get his facts straight. I want to believe that the Home Affairs Minister somehow sees the growing population of the poorer class as a mere “small percentage”. Run a survey and you might be surprised. However, don’t arrive at your statistical figure just yet; add that to the intended target which is no doubt anyone that fits the racial profile of a “small percentage”.
Make no mistake, I must hasten to say that in this war, I stand on neutral ground although my argument might appear tipped to the side of the “criminals”.
Since 1913-2013, the count of “fallen heroes” remains at sixty. Isn’t that a staggering figure? But let’s take a look at the figure coming out of the criminals’ camp. It was recently disclosed by the Opposition Leader that over two hundred civilians lost their lives during an armed struggle in the Civilo-Police war between 2003-2013. Every day the toll is rising for the latter because the police have now gotten the better of the criminals by what is viewed by many as, unconstitutional tactics.
But who cares, they are” criminals” anyway! It is against this backdrop that I’m calling on all right minded persons to raise their voices in unison and condemn this callous disparity; whether independent media, long standing civil rights personality or even friends of the perpetrators. We need to end this bloodshed. It is time Guyana wakes up from its slumbering and sees that it is its children’s blood that is running.
How can anyone rationalize a law enforcer turning his gun on an unarmed seventeen year old and be acquitted of the charges later? Though this is the Trayvon Martin murder I’m referring to don’t forget over the past year or so Guyana would have had more than three Trayvon Martins. Linden alone had three.
I want Mr. Rohee to understand that based on a well known fact that a majority of Guyanese has suffered tremendously as a result of government crackdown.
Have you ever wondered just how many sons and daughters of this blessed land were either refused jobs or fired unjustifiably; and how often this scenario occurs? These are some important facts that Mr. Rohee need not neglect before he makes such brainless utterances. If this is not indeed bizarre then “our society” is.
Paul Akeem Marshall
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