Daily Archives: December 7, 2011

APNU demands Commission of Inquiry into Dec 6 police shooting of protesters

APNU demands Commission of Inquiry into Dec 6 police shooting of protesters

Demerara Waves – December 7 ,2011

The opposition coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) on Wednesday said it planned to push for a commission of inquiry into the December 6 police shooting of protesters on a peaceful march that the police deemed illegal.

The Guyana Police Force has already defended its decision to open fire on the estimated 500 persons Tuesday morning as they approached Hadfield Street and Louisa Row.

Attorney-at-Law, James Bond, whose back was burst in several places by rubber bullets, says a probe will help set the ground-rules for police to engage protesters in the future.

“It will set out standard operating procedures for how riot squads treat persons when they are protesting,” said Bond during a break in leading a chant against the Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee outside his Brickdam office.

If government gives the green-light for a such a probe by a judge or other fair-minded person, Bond wants the recommendations to be dispatched to the Guyana Defence Force and the Guyana Prison Service in engaging protesters.  Read More

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APNU pickets GECOM; Red Thread targets Home Affairs

APNU pickets GECOM; Red Thread targets Home Affairs over march break-up

Demerara Waves – December 7, 2010

The opposition coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Wednesday afternoon picketed near the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), saying it has not received Statements of Poll publicly promised by the elections management body.

And across at Brickdam outside the Ministry of Home Affairs, the women’s organisation, Red Thread, picketed there to register its condemnation of the police firing rubber bullets and teargas to break up what authorities had deemed an illegal march by at an estimated 500 APNU protesters on Tuesday.

Several students of St. Sidwell’s Primary School at Hadfield Street and Vlissengen Road were affected by the gas and a number of female protesters were among those injured by the bullets.

Red Thread’s Karen De Souza told Demerara waves Online News (www.demwaves.com) that the protest was their response to the police action which they found “totally out of order.      Read more

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Putin’s party has domination cut in Russia

Putin’s party has domination cut in Russia

Posted By Stabroek staff On December 6, 2011

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Several thousand protesters took to the streets yesterday to demand an end to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s 12-year rule after voters cut his party’s parliamentary majority in an election that was condemned as unfair by European monitors.

Police said they detained 300 people in Moscow, where they confronted a crowd of 3,000 to 5,000 chanting “Revolution!” and “Russia without Putin” in one of the biggest opposition protests in the capital in years.

Police scuffled with some protesters and formed a line to hem them in and prevent them marching towards the Kremlin. Some managed to break away and head towards the seat of power, but at least 30 were seized before they got there.

The Central Election Commission said the prime minister’s United Russia party was set to have 238 deputies in the 450-seat State Duma after Sunday’s vote, compared with 315 seats in the current lower house.

The result was Putin’s worst election setback since he came to power 12 years ago and signalled growing weariness with his domination of Russian politics as he prepares to reclaim the presidency in an election next March.   Read more

Also read:

 Russia’s election mirrors Guyana’s

December 6, 2011 | BY KNEWS |

A minority government may not be such a bad thing-Ambassador Smirnov

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