Last year before anti-police brutalities erupted across the US over George Floyd’s death at the hands of white policemen, France was going through the vortex of weekly violent protest over the neo-liberal policies President Macron that intrigued the world.
Humans prefer peaceful protest but inevitably anger over hurtful rights violations and power abuse boil over as in France. The history of civilization is one of humans protesting for changes whose successes have given us greater freedoms over the past hundreds of years. Once society exists, there will be protest.
The demonstrations raging on in the US with the Black Lives Matter movement as its chief protagonist will hopefully lead to greater freedoms for African-Americans and non-White humans who inhabit the territory known in the world as the USA. The story of the dehumanization of African- Americans is a blot on the history of civilization. The examples are just incredible and unbelievable.
Because of the rage in the US with the picture of the policeman’s knee on George Floyd’s neck becoming a symbol of struggle, David Hinds has penned a column referring to the existence of a knee on African-Guyanese. He is using the legitimacy of Black struggle in the US to justify human rights violations in Guyana including the denial of the sacred right to vote and the people who are perpetuating these brutality in Guyana are not non-Black on Black Guyanese. It is Black leadership in a Black party.
If there is any knee on any section of the African race in any part of the world it is in a country called Guyana where the culprit is a Black party named the PNC. Let us argue this out. I went to the Food Maxx supermarket in Giftland Mall on Wednesday, only to be told it is closed while the owners erect barricades in anticipation of riots over the election results.
Weeks before the Bank of Nova Scotia boarded up. Now the US Embassy has issued a security update specifically related to the declaration of the election recount. I was in the Massy Supermarket across the road from where I live in Turkeyen, two young ladies with fear in their eyes said to me and my wife; “Mr. Kissoon, wuh yuh think gon happen, we gun get violence?” At the supermarket, the fast-food outlet, the gas station, young people would engage me with the trepidation of PNC unleashing violence when the results are released.
This is what you call the PNC’s knee on the neck of Black Guyanese. This is the kind of knee David Hinds should denounce. What this kind of knee is? It is the PNC using and abusing African Guyanese of Georgetown and in East Coast and East Bank villages, inciting them to take to the streets not to protest overt wrongs in society but in a demonstration of bullyism to reject the legitimate results of an election that only the PNC and their sycophantic writers say were illegal.
We have Hinds, Lincoln Lewis and Henry Jeffrey and other questionable kinds wanting the 2020 election to be scrapped not because the UN, the Commonwealth, Caricom, the OAS, the EU, the African continent, the great countries in Asia, the law makers of the US condemn the elections are fraudulent but because the losers, APNU+AFC say so.
The world loses the value of the priceless system of one-person, one-vote because once the loser says it doesn’t accept the outcome, the result is done away with. So the Labour Party in Britain that suffered its worst defeat since the 1930s should not accept a Boris Johnson victory. All Hilary Clinton had to do was to say that Trump rigged the election, and Trump’s victory had to be dissolved. If one accepts the ranting of Hinds, Jeffrey and Lewis, this is what the election process in the world would come to.
Guyana stands today on the fear that a Black party that controls Black Guyanese, will incite them to create unrest in the coming days when the recount shows that the APNU+AFC lost. Isn’t this the abuse of African people? These people will be urged to take to the street in protest not for valid reasons but because a group of men and women want power at all cost and do not believe in free and fair elections. What is unforgivable is that these people will be sending out African youths to face the presence of the security forces and decent business people will be forced to protect life and property. Surely Black Lives Matter in Guyana and Black leaders who use innocent African youths for depraved, illegal purposes should not be part of modern Guyana.
(The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of this newspaper.)
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