Linden Tragedy – July 18-19, 2012 – two videos

Linden Tragedy –  Wednesday July 18 – video 1

There’s a heaviness and great sorrow hanging over the Linden community this evening following the tragedy that broke out last evening when the police opened fire on protestors at the Mackenzie Wismar bridge with tear gas, pellets and live rounds. That action by the police left 3 persons dead, all with gunshot wounds according to medical officials who were on duty at the Mackenzie hospital. Over 12 other persons were injured. It was pandemonium at the hospital and through the streets of the town as residents said the action by the police was uncalled for.

The dead were identified as Ivan Lewis, Ron Sommerset and Shemroy Brouet. One of the men at a number of gunshot wounds to his back. Eyewitnesses said when the police opened fire many persons were running away from the scene and still the police kept on shooting at them. …………. More details are in the video.

The Aftermath – Thursday July 19 – video 2

Members of the joint services and the Guyana Fire service were kept busy today in the town of Linden and residents came out early once again in protest. This time protesting the deaths of those 3 Lindeners who were shot down when the police opened fire on a crowd. Today tires and other debris were set a light at various points of the town on the roadway as residents said they have had enough and were shocked by the police force’s response. Justice they said is what they want right now.    …. continued in the video…

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  • Clare Forbes  On 07/20/2012 at 4:24 pm

    what penalty will be meted out to the people who issued the orders?
    who will compensate the victims?
    who instructed that the lights to b turned off?
    y did they want to shoot de people in the dark?
    cause they wanted to have no witnesses when they murdered those persons and bcoz they know they would please their superiors.
    They went to murder and they succeed. for sure Lindeners must all time refuse fuh pay any electricity bill. They should get free light for de havoc cause by the state and agents of the state.
    STOP PAYING BILLS AND SEND DEM BANKRUPT. THAT IS HOW U WILL GET DEM OFF UR BACK.
    EVEN THOUGH DEM BANKRUPT THE TOWN DEM JEALOUS OF UR UNITY; DEM JEALOUS OF UR STRIDES.

  • the truth  On 07/21/2012 at 1:35 am

    Okay. Police aint dumb like them. They won’t shoot for no reason. Those people attacked them and they responded in self defence. Who died sorry but they were there thinking ‘oh we sooo important we’ll protest burn stuff harass ppl n we’ll get free light’ well they thought wrong.
    Wow it has many ignorant ppl. Ur one of them. EVERYBODY PAYS. Y CAN’T THEY?! THEY GOT WHAT THEY DESERVED

  • Ron. Persaud  On 07/22/2012 at 11:47 am

    Three people died; and one was shot in the back? While he was running away?
    In 1948 five Enmore Estate workers killed – shot in the back while running away.
    In Feb.1962 rioters and looters ravaged Georgetown without any loss of life. How come? It had to do with the decision of the Min. of Home Affairs (Balram Singh Rai) to disarm the Police.
    A Governor of British Guiana once said (I was told) “Riot in Georgetown? I would have the Militia Band parade the streets playing the current popular tune and all the rioters would be tramping behind them – straight to the Camp Street jail!”
    Reaction to violence must not be more violence.

  • de castro  On 07/23/2012 at 10:24 am

    sometimes is is best to “remain” silent and not comment…..
    this is one such occasion where I will observe protocol and remain
    “silent”….every coin has two sides….I will not participate in “spin”
    “a minute of silence for the deceased” and their families !
    kamptan

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 07/25/2012 at 11:11 am

    Kamptan, What about the edge of the coin it is the third side that we fell of the coin,my brother. I feel for everyone in this disastrous moment in time, Because this matter could have been peacefully resolved. But the key players are hell bent on creating an Anarchy in Guyana to force Ramoutar to call snap elections but he is not dumb enough to do it. So those who know better should do better. Guyana belongs to us all and what is good for the Goose is equally good for the Gander. Today Ramoutar is President. Tomorrow may be Granger’s turn or Greenidge’s turn to occupy the Presidency. These men have aged with experience in the Political Arena but the are full of hate and spite and are not there to serve the people and we must not remain silent about their greed for use and abuse of State Power. Connivance is silence and not good for the peace lovers. There is enough world damage which the Politics of Disaster and hate are doing around the world. Is it a phenomenon in the New World Politics on the 21st Century.

  • de castro  On 07/25/2012 at 11:56 am

    THANKS FOR THE enlightment …the third side of the coin may rightly be the “sword” !….you can fall on it ….be tripped on to it..or even throw yourself on it.

    In CAESARs case ET TU BRUTAE !

    HEY ghandi mandella et all proved that peaceful struggle “wins” eventually…
    yet they made themselves the sacrificial lambs..GUYANA has such leaders but
    most are “afraid” to enter the fray at moment….this situ will and must change.

    my twin brother was a “political activist”….. but he was more a “pacifist”
    he hated no one and loved all….. I even acused him of “naivety” in many
    discussions…..unfortunately his dream will come true now that he is no longer with us. thats life ! VIV la VIDA !

    Am forever the optimist and hope in my heart of hearts the leaders in GUYANA
    do the right thing…RESIGN or CHANGE !

    kamptan

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 07/27/2012 at 8:26 am

    Kamptan, only the World Citizens can champion the cause of a Guyana that we envisage. Your brother, the late may have echoed the sentiments of a world citizen but his voice was drowned bu the power of falsehood and half truths and that is why the very present day leaders cannot surface as yet. The 65 people who now sit in the parliament are also intelligent in their own naive ways and cannot achieve the required healings that are much needed for Guyana and therefore they must leave the hallowed precints of the Chamber they occupy. This they will not do on a voluntary basis. So what is the alternative especially when Mr President is not in a snap election mode. You know the answer and so do others, but do they want to pay the price to walk that path. If in doubt you can ask President Desi Bourtesi of Suriname!

    • de castro  On 07/27/2012 at 8:59 am

      cyril
      interesting and very philosophical in a way.
      If the “media” in GUYANA has any integrety and are honest enough …they can pressure the “mis-fits” without the “slander”….polite rebuke publicly expressed does have
      the “power” to change….I point my finger at the “FREE PRESS” of GUYANA:….they have the power to change public opinion and the sooner they do so the quicker the change will come.
      forever the optimist
      kamptan

  • manoel de paula  On 10/21/2012 at 6:33 pm

    I am so sorry about Guyanese people and especially for those who were killed and injured in this attack. I am from Saint Paul (San Paulo, Brazil ) and have been in Guyana in 2001 and would like to come back. Please, I would like to receive messages from Guyana people, especially from those ones who are Christians. God bless Guyana and its people. manoel-francisco@hotmail.com

  • de castro  On 10/22/2012 at 11:30 am

    cyril
    on a second reading of the above comment….
    POLITICIANS can be removed by “PUBLIC OPINION” …..

    in todays climate you dont have to wait for “elections”….
    a “vote” of no “confidence” usually does the trick !

    POLITICIANS are very aware of PUBLIC OPINION and if it is “prompted”
    by the media they must “listen” …. then do the honourable thing and “resign”
    …if they choose not to do so it is at their “peril” as sooner or later they will be pushed ….am sure as “night folliows day”…it is just a matter of time….

    before my demise I will donate a “soap-box” to be installed outside DEMICO HOUSE (in cast iron and concrete) not unlike “HYDE PARK” corner in LONDON
    to show the world that one of the least populated and poorest states on the planet allows “FREEDOM OF SPEECH”

    DONATED BY KAMPTAN
    TO SHOW THE WORLD THAT
    GUYANA WELCOMES
    FREEDOM OF SPEECH

    RIP
    KAMPTAN

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