Guyana: Amerindians and mining

Guyana: Amerindians and mining

Posted By Stabroek staff On August 19, 2012- Editorial |

While events in Linden were commanding public attention, the National Toshaos Council Conference was held in Georgetown between August 6 and August 10.  In previous years it has generated greater public interest because there was no news on the scale of the troubles in the mining town to obscure its proceedings. This year, however, not a great deal emerged about it, although last week, the Region 7 Toshaos released a statement relating to their concerns about the way in which it was conducted, while Toshao Solomon Lewis of Kurutuku subsequently had some comments to make on the subject as well.

They all were of the view that they were not accorded sufficient time to raise their issues, although the Toshaos from Regions 1 and 9 were given extra time to talk about the support they were receiving from the government. This is not the first time this kind of complaint has been heard; accusations about government-managed sessions have been made in relation to the previous conferences as well.  [Read more]

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