Daily Archives: 07/21/2012

Protests Continue at Linden, Roads Blocked – video

Protests Continue at Linden, Roads Blocked

As residents of Linden continue to block several streets today, the GDF was forced to dispatch one of its helicopters to transport the bodies to the city of the 3 men who were killed during Wednesday’s protest when the police opened fire. The post mortem on the bodies will be conducted in Georgetown. There were concerns at Linden that relatives were not informed of when the post mortem examinations would be conducted so that they could stand as witnesses.   Continue reading

Carl Greenidge on Linden Situation – video

Carl Greenidge on Linden Situation – video

Candidate for the Leadership position in the Peoples National Congress, Carl Greenidge believes the killing of the protestors at Linden demonstrates a move by the administration to further suppress the community.

Greenidge today said it is a shame that the situation could not have been handled better by the police.  Carl Greenidge who is a former Minister of Finance and is a member of parliament for the opposition APNU is not too impressed with the government’s response. Continue reading

Groups Protest Linden Shooting – video

Groups Protest Linden Shooting

The resounding cry for justice was the chant outside of the office president as civic groups and members of different political parties protested the killings at Linden.

An independent inquiry is expected to be launched, but the terms of reference are still to be worked out between the main political players. However the AFC is refusing to participate in the draft of the terms of reference. The AFC is calling for an international probe and the resignation of the home affairs minister. The party used the LINDO creek killings as an example why such a probe is needed.   Continue reading

Former Top Cop criticizes Police Action – video

Former Top Cop criticizes Police Action

Former police commissioner s firing off at the police over the use of excessive force to disperse protestors at Linden.

Felix said what was surprising was the absence of batons and shields to control the crowd.

Felix who was criticized by the home affairs minister after he questioned the 37 million dollar purchase of the Water Cannon was surprised that the cannon was not used at Linden.

Ans expected to be launched into the shooting death of three protestors at Linden.

Terms of Reference for Linden Comm. of Inquiry by Aug. 2

Terms of Reference for Linden Comm. of Inquiry by Aug. 2

Written by Kwesi Isles Demerara Waves   – Friday, 20 July 2012 20:34

President Donald Ramotar

President Donald Ramotar says the terms of reference (TOR) for the Commission of Inquiry into the killing of three Linden protesters on Wednesday should be completed by August 2.

He made the announcement at a news conference Friday evening, July 20, where he updated the media on a meeting with opposition leaders and developments since the fateful event in Region 10 during which more than a dozen persons were injured.  Continue reading

Opposition blasts use of “excessive force” in meeting with Government

Opposition blasts use of “excessive force” in meeting with Government


President Donald Ramotar and a team of government officials in talks with opposition party members from A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC) on the Linden situation.

JULY 20, 2012 | BY KNEWS |  By Leonard Gildarie
– Govt. orders removal of Commander, agrees to Commission of Inquiry

“It is very clear to my mind that excessive force was used which is contrary to the training doctrines and the rules of engagement of the Guyana Police Force.”- Granger

As Linden remained tense yesterday following Wednesday’s police shootings of Linden protestors that left three dead and several injured, government has agreed to establish a Commission of Inquiry.

There was widespread condemnation yesterday of the shooting and an under-pressure government, through the Ministry of Home Affairs, last night announced that it has given orders for the removal of the Police Commander in the area.  … more Opposition blasts use of “excessive force” in meeting with Gov’t ]

Linden shootings prompt City protests

Linden shootings prompt City protests

June 20, 2012 – KNEWS  

Several dozen city residents yesterday mounted a protest against the “unacceptable brutality” that was displayed by police in Linden on Wednesday evening. The protest was staged at Eve Leary.

Three persons were killed when police opened fire on Lindeners who mounted another protest against the hike in electricity tariff. Some two dozen others, women included, were injured and were forced to seek medical attention.

Lindeners reacted to the killings by the setting fire to the Linmine Secretariat which housed multiple offices. They also set fire to a truck, an excavator and a fuel tanker.
In the wake of the deaths, the government offered condolences, but blamed the opposition for the protest and subsequent killings.

Yesterday’s city protest attracted several high profile individuals within the political realm, the University of Guyana Student Society, and others who were just there to show solidarity to the families of the dead.      Read article:  [Linden shootings prompt city protest]

AFC Statement – Meeting on Linden situation held on July 19, 2012

AFC  Statement –  Meeting on Linden situation held on July 19, 2012

Linden massacre a violation of human and constitutional rights – AFC

This afternoon (July 19), at about 13.00 hrs. Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon called to confirm that a meeting would be held to discuss the Linden situation. The Alliance For Change, A Partnership For National Unity and the Government were there.

The AFC was represented by Raphael Trotman, Speaker of the National Assembly, Cathy Hughes, Nigel Hughes and Gherard Ramsaroop. APNU was represented by David Granger, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine, Joseph Harmon and Winston Flex, while the government was represented by President Donald Ramotar, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, Dr. Roger Luncheon, Gail Teixeira, Ministers Clement Rohee and Robeson Benn.  Continue reading

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