No unlawful action should be taken against law-abiding citizens – Granger urges police, army

No unlawful action should be taken against law-abiding citizens – Granger urges police, army

November 13, 2014 · By Stabroek News editor ·  Comment    1

David Granger

David Granger

Leader of the Opposition, David Granger has called on the heads of the police force and army not to allow their forces to be drawn into “unlawful actions” against law-abiding citizens.

The statement today came on the eve of a rally by APNU and the AFC set for tomorrow at the Square of the Revolution and what Granger said was signs of stepped up training by the police force in the city.

Granger’s statement follows:  

Brigadier David Granger, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, has called on Brigadier Mark Phillips, the Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and Seelall Persaud, Commissioner of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), not to allow members of their respective services to be drawn into any unlawful actions against law-abiding citizens.

The Opposition Leader said that A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) has announced that it will launch a series of lawful and peaceful ‘Pro-democracy’ protests to raise public awareness over the President’s prorogation of Parliament on Monday 10th November. APNU has been concerned and dismayed at newspaper reports that there has been sudden, heightened training by members of the Police Force in Georgetown under the Command of Senior Superintendent, Clifton Hicken.

APNU reminds the Chief of Staff and Commissioner of Police that the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, at Article 147, protects a citizen’s right to:

“… freedom of assembly, association and freedom to demonstrate peacefully, that [is] to say, his or her right to assemble freely, to demonstrate peacefully and to associate with other persons and in particular to form or belong to political parties, trade unions or other associations for the protection of his or her interests.”

 Brigadier Granger calls on officers and members of the GDF and GPF not to be swayed by perverse political directives aimed at provoking a disturbance of the peace or causing injury to innocent individuals. All members of the Defence Forces and Disciplined Services are required to behave in a professional manner in the performance of their duties. They are to ensure that the law is enforced and the Constitution is upheld.

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  • Ron. Persaud  On 11/13/2014 at 5:50 pm

    I am reminded of an exquisite decision made by the Home Affairs Minister of British Guiana to “Disarm the Police Force!”

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 11/14/2014 at 12:05 am

    we must be ready for dialogue anywhere at anytime during an emergency. GRanger et al cannot wait too long to tell the people what i s their plan now that the President has dissolved the parliament.

  • Albert  On 11/14/2014 at 11:16 am

    The place for dialogue has been slammed shut. My layman political mind tells me Granger will look real weak if he should now seek to talk behind closed doors. If Granger did nothing he would look timid. If his reaction resulted in a touch of violence it would be bad for him politically. Think Ramoutar has him right where he intended. In fact he could now with a clandestine touch start violence in Granger supporters name.

  • Cliff  On 11/14/2014 at 6:57 pm

    Granger should have dialogue with the President as soon as possible, on the way forward. It will do the country well and even himself. stop thinking evil Mr Granger. You are made of better stuff. Thank you.

  • malcolm W. Heydorn  On 12/20/2014 at 10:31 am

    My dear friends.

    Santa comes once a year, and if you are lucky, you’ll have a share. One’s naivety is a “quality” that apparently accompanies one for life. Do Guyanese within and without Guyana really believe, that “things will change”. For over 60 yrs., this nonsense has been the pattern of life in the land, and chances are very good, that it will be perpetuated for another 60 yrs. The masqueraders continue to flourish, and the country is having a big dance; watch out there are many “mad cows” around.

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