A concerned Guyanese citizen strongly believes that recent utterances by Attorney General
Anil Nandlall have exposed the apartheid-thinking of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic government.
Contractor Brentnol Holder, who staged a one-man protest yesterday outside Kaieteur News offices, in support of the newspaper in its battle against the administration, was referring to the attorney general’s reference to the caste system employed by India.
Nandlall, during a recorded conversation with a senior Kaieteur News reporter, had described himself as an East Indian of Kshatriya origin, emphasizing that he was from a higher class of people in the social ladder.
Yesterday, Holder braved the humidity and stood for hours holding placards calling for the nation’s support of the Kaieteur News. He said that judging from Nandlall’s utterances and the actions of the government, it is clear that the PPP/C administration is ruling by segregation.
“We have met at a place where we have an apartheid system in Guyana,” Holder said, who travelled all the way from South East Vryheid’s Lust on East Coast Demerara to carry out his protest.
He said that he was motivated to carry out the protest because “being in this country and seeing this nonsense taking place, I realize that this government is the most disgraceful in the entire Caribbean”.
He said that he will be taking his protest to the CARICOM Secretariat to urge that that body to sever relations with Guyana to send a clear message that such behaviour will not be tolerated within the region.
“For this we all will be consumed if we don’t stand up now. Yesterday it was (CN) Sharma, today it is Glenn Lall, and tomorrow who’s next? The voice of the people must be heard,” Holder said.
Several motorists and passengers in minibuses showed their appreciation for what Holder was doing. Some went further by taking photographs of the protest.
This protester was later joined by columnist Freddie Kissoon who stated that he is obligated to protest against the plot being hatched by the government against the newspaper.
“When I saw him (Holder) there, to me he was performing an obligation, which I felt was a process that I should get involved with. All of us have an obligation,” Kissoon said.
According to Kissoon, Holder’s presence in front of the newspaper’s office on Saffon Street galvanized him into action since what the administration is doing is not an attack on Kaieteur News but on the freedom that was fought for and won by those who came before.
“I was struck by two thoughts: one, he was fulfilling an obligation and two, here I was, working at the Kaieteur News, I should join too,” Kissoon explained.
Holder promised to continue his protest today.
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