An overseas-based Guyanese, Courtney Crum-Ewing, is seeking 1000 signatures as part of a
protest to register disgust with the recent utterances by Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Anil Nandlall. Crum-Ewing launched his protest in front of the Attorney General (AG)’s Carmichael Street office yesterday.
Nandlall, during a recorded conversation with senior Kaieteur News reporter Leonard Gildarie, hinted at an imminent, sinister plot against Kaieteur News publisher and staff. As a result, he advised the senior reporter to leave the organization as soon as possible, because it would be sooner rather than later that men with “weapons” would walk into the newspaper’s offices.
Crum- Ewing’s protest saw several passersby providing their signatures in support of the protest. He disclosed that yesterday saw him receive almost 100 signatures.
The placard that he was holding read “Yes Democracy, No Class/Race Domination.”
Underscoring that he is a Queen’s College alumnus who returned to Guyana one year ago, Crum-Ewing emphasised that “this is about Mr Nandlall and that office that no longer welcomes him. I don’t know why he is still sitting there; this is not a family business and does not belong to the Chatri clan. We had honourable people who passed through that office…and nothing about Mr Nandlall is honourable, he does not deserve to sit in a chair similar to the one in which he now sits.
“History will be kind to him if he decides to fold his Chatri tent and walk, but if he is forced out, which is what the masses intend to do, then so be it. It’s time these people get the message that we are all Guyanese and we love our country and we are not going to put up with degenerates, hazardous material, toxic people or radioactive Ministers of Government.”
Alluding to the fact that the Attorney General has become an overnight disgrace to this country, Crum-Ewing said no Minister should ever speak in such a manner, irrespective of whether the conversation was private or public.
“Anil Nandlall refuses to apologise to the people of this nation. He is the epitome of disrespect and a prime example of what is wrong with the leaders of this country. It made me sick when his party came out and endorsed him as Attorney General. This gentleman should be made to resign and I am going to remain here defiant, in accordance with the law, in order for Nandlall to get the message that no one is afraid of him. There are qualified individuals out there to do his job, and do it a whole lot better than he is doing it. He needs to understand that his time is up.”
Asserting that the post of AG is not a private or family business, Crum-Ewing said this is only one of many reasons why Guyana has problems garnering respect from the international community.
“Nobody takes us seriously because we accept people who can spend money wantonly and those who can jump up and speak on behalf of Guyanese even if it means disrespecting the US Ambassador. We have a long history of accepting nonsense.
We have accepted this kind of lawlessness for too long. And as a patriot it’s hard to watch our country go down the drain. The struggle is a struggle for all of us. It’s obvious that the people in Guyana have other priorities, they are either too hungry to struggle or too distracted with too many bills, and underpaid. It’s clearly about survival.
“You can’t seem to get Guyanese to understand like the Surinamese do and the Bajans do that if the price of something goes up by a dollar and you have a problem with that dollar, it must go back down! No one has to accept that dollar, those are lessons we need to adopt when we want to have a proper country and a proper life. The same goes for other issues.”
Further, Crum-Ewing noted that “I have a problem with the press coming out of Guyana. I am so embarrassed to say that I have never brought my kids to Guyana. Every time I have a conversation about bringing my kids to Guyana I have to answer to something negative pertaining to crime, health and the ugly things that are happening. That’s what they get from the press coming out of Guyana. I have a tough time convincing them that Guyana is a beautiful place.”
Crum-Ewing declared that he “served Guyana as an athlete, a member of law enforcement overseas, and as a student; I deserve to have a voice in this place. The police were here (outside the AG’s office) and they were respectful and I complied with the law and alternated my signs and placards as requested, and I will continue with my protest.”
Meanwhile, contractor Brentnol Holder continued his one-man protest yesterday in support of Kaieteur News outside the media house’s Saffon Street office.
He said all CARICOM countries should not take their eyes off of what is happening with democracy in Guyana. Holder said he plans to carry on the fight with prayers and a liquid fast since he is asking the churches and well-wishers to pray for Kaieteur News.
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