Guyana Elections: Anti-government protestor assassinated + Reactions and comments

Anti-government protestor assassinated

March 11, 2015 | By | Filed Under News

Opposition political activist, Courtney Crum-Ewing, well known for his one-man protests, was shot dead last evening at Third Avenue, Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD) while urging frontpageresidents to vote against the ruling party in the upcoming General and Regional elections on May 11.
The 40-year-old Crum-Ewing of Golden Grove, EBD, was shot about five times.
The shooting is believed to have occurred sometime between 19:40 to 20:00 hrs.

Police in a statement said that Crum-Ewing was walking along the roadway at Third Avenue when a car with four men drove up from which shots were discharged at him, “after which the men escaped”.  

The dead man’s shocked siblings.

The dead man’s shocked siblings.

Up to press time, the police were hunting for a silver Toyota Premio which is said to be the car used by the gunmen to kill the father of three. The car was last seen in Leopold Street, in Georgetown.
Minutes before he was killed, Crum-Ewing, who made the news for carrying out his one-man protest in front of the Carmichael Street, Georgetown office of Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, late last year, was reportedly

But his vocal effort was interrupted when the killer(s) struck.heard via a bullhorn, urging residents of the neighbourhood to vote against the ruling party.

An eyewitness to the shooting told police ranks that Crum-Ewing was approached by a man who came out from the back seat of a car.
“The gunman shoot he and after he fall, he shoot he several times more,” a police source close to the case said.

Odo Best, who is in charge of A Partnership For National Unity-Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) campaign in the Diamond area, said that he heard that Crum-Ewing was supposed to do some work in the area.
“He had been working with us. I tried calling him several times to liaise with him and he was not answering.”

Ranks only confirmed that the body lying on the road was that of Crum-Ewing when Best called his cellular phone and a cop answered.
Commander of ‘A’ Division, Clifton Hicken, and several of his administrative ranks rushed to the scene last night after hearing about the execution-style killing.

Hicken was heard directing ranks over the radio to “hunt them down. Go find that car.”
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Nigel Hughes, who is also Crum-Ewing’s lawyer, arrived on the scene and comforted his wailing family members.

Hughes said he wanted an international independent forensic investigation.
“We will be in contact with an independent pathologist who will have to shadow the police investigators, observing the autopsy.”

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs quickly issued a statement around 22:00hrs.
“The Ministry of Home Affairs condemns in the strongest possible terms, the shooting to death of Courtney Crum-Ewing by unknown person or persons this evening in the Grove /Diamond area, East Bank Demerara.”

Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee, the statement said, has given orders to the Commissioner of Police to take immediate action “ with a view to getting to the bottom of this execution-type shooting incident, through the most thorough investigation.”

According to the Ministry, though it is early yet to draw any specific conclusion or motive in connection with the perpetration of the “dastardly act”, the general public should be vigilant in respect of any act of violence provoked or unprovoked, that “might be possibly initiated by those who may have a political agenda. The Ministry notes the deep coincidence between the fatal shooting incident and the earlier swearing in of the new Commissioner of Police.”
The Ministry, in expressing sympathy to family and relatives of Crum-Ewing, said it is pledging to support the police in their investigations to bring the perpetrator or perpetrators to justice.

“The Ministry calls on anyone who may have knowledge about the circumstances /motive surrounding the shooting death of Courtney Crum-Ewing to give their full support to the police in their investigation.”
At the scene last night were siblings, the fiancée and parents of Crum-Ewing, who is also a former army rank.
Crum-Ewing’s brother, Dwayne, was too shocked to speak, but his mother made it clear that the killers would have to pay.
Courtney Crum-Ewing started protesting and attracted media attention last year after an explosive phone conversation between a senior Kaieteur News reporter and Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, surfaced.
The phone call, in which Nandlall was heard warning the reporter to get out of Kaieteur News, because of a possible attack, prompted Crum-Ewing to start several days of protests in front of the Carmichael Street office of the Attorney General.

Crum–Ewing had said that his protests were because Nandlall’s actions were shameful.
“I have three daughters, a mother, a sister and many female relatives that I care about… so I feel strongly about this issue,” the man said.

He was later reportedly charged with breaching the peace after he used the washroom belonging to the offices of the Attorney General.

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  • guyaneseonline  On March 11, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Let us not be drawn into any form of ethnic revenge or tit for tat
    by Dr. David Hinds

    • Wednesday, 11 March 2015 06:24
    Tonight (Tuesday) Guyana has crossed yet another dangerous line. A mere 48 hours after a former Head of Government and State publicly suggested to his successor that governance in Guyana should include “kicking some asses,” an activist known for his anti-government protest was shot dead while walking the streets of his community urging his fellow citizens to come out and vote in the upcoming elections.
    The barefaced murder of Courtney Crum-Ewing must now alert us that Guyana has become a semi-fascist state where protest by ordinary citizens is punishable by summary execution. This is not the first murder in recent times of an ordinary citizen exercising his or her right to protest against the current government; three years ago three protestors at Linden were shot dead by police while protesting against a proposed government electricity hike. Other anti-government activists, notably Mark Benschop and columnist Freddie Kissoon have been physically attacked. This murder also has echoes of the assassination a decade ago of known anti-government activist, Ronald Waddel.

    A few weeks ago, I had begun to warn that this upcoming election would bring out the worst in the PPP’s ethnic arsenal, but I was quickly dismissed as a pessimist who is too preoccupied with race. The PPP cannot escape responsibility for Crum-Ewing’s murder. Political rhetoric matters. The atmosphere that was generated by the theatrics and rhetoric of PPP leaders at Babu John on Sunday is tantamount to a license to wage war. The “kick some asses” statement and its subsequent endorsement by other PPP leaders, in our charged ethnic and political environment, is an expression of political pugilism that could only lead to mayhem. When this is coupled with the clearly expressed ethnic identity of the PPP, the battle lines around the upcoming elections are clearly drawn.

    The PPP, already with the blood of the Linden martyrs on its hands, have now claimed another innocent victim. Another father, son, brother and freedom fighter has fallen victim to the insatiable lust for power by the ruling clique. As someone who has been speaking up about African Guyanese victimhood, I am compelled to appeal to African Guyanese, in this moment of murder, the murder of another Black brother, to remain focused.

    Let the murder of one of our brothers strengthen our resolve to rid ourselves of this modern day tyranny. Let us not be drawn into any form of ethnic revenge or tit for tat. Let us instead use Courtney’s body as a guiding compass to the ballot boxes on May 11. That is what the brother died on the frontline urging us to do. Let us not touch one East Indian man, woman or child. They are as much victims of the political depravity as the rest of us. Let us raise Black dignity to its highest peak and show the world that blood shedding in the quest for political power is not part of our word view. Let us show those who shed our blood that we are ahead of them; that we are militants for racial peace, justice, equality and sisterhood/brotherhood.

    To our East Indian brethren, I appeal to you to disassociate yourselves from bloodletting for political power. Turn your face away from murderous packs. Reach for your nobleness and help rid Guyana of the scourge that has been heaped on us. Do not take responsibility for Crum Ewing’s murder. Join us on May 11 to deliver our country from the depths.

    Dr. David Hinds, a political activist and commentator, is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Caribbean and African Diaspora Studies at Arizona State University. More of his writings and commentaries can be found on his Youtube Channel Hinds’ Sight: Dr. David Hinds’ Guyana-Caribbean Politics and on his website http://www.guyanacaribbeanpolitics.com

    • albert  On March 11, 2015 at 9:44 am

      ‘Let us not be drawn into any form of ethnic revenge or tit for tat.”

      Some Guyanese have become experts in criminal psychology. Watch out for a few arsons or killings staged as a coalition revenge. Our Government comrades ae not going to let go of that steady flow of corrupt money without spilling some blood.

      • Rosaliene Bacchus  On March 11, 2015 at 12:26 pm

        “Our Government comrades ae not going to let go of that steady flow of corrupt money without spilling some blood.”
        I share your view, Albert. The sad news did not come as a surprise.

        I also stand with Dr. Hinds: “Let us not be drawn into any form of ethnic revenge or tit for tat.” That would be playing into their hands.

  • Patrick Barker  On March 11, 2015 at 8:48 am

    It breaks my sense of pride being a Guyanese to see that Guyana has reached the depths of dispear and political cryptogenic state of self. However, those of whom that will be held responsible are the operatives of the current government who silently supported the Attorny General Anil Nandlall being in office when he should have been jettisoned from office while we adhere to the Guyanese code of ethics. I hope this act does not plunge Guyana into a the blight of the sixties and start blaming a race of people..

  • de castro  On March 11, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Obviously not a ‘racists’ motivated attack…. more political.
    If/when the assinators are found it would be interesting
    to know their motive…killing an outspoken activist
    only strengthens the resolve of his followers.
    Revenge is not necessary……
    Am in no doubt this is a ‘politically’ motivated murder
    but not necessarily incited by any political party.
    More individuals disregard for the law enforcers…police.
    Sad state of affairs ! Free press and freedom of expressions is once again
    under threat…fear and intimidation the motive.

    Find the ‘lunatic/s’ charge prosecute and jail them.
    Justice must not only be seen to be done it must be done.
    Maybe this will return credibility/respect for the law enforcers.
    The sooner the better !

    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the families and friends who have lost a loved one in such tragic circumstances.

    Find the killers as soon as possible as am sure they are known.

  • guyaneseonline  On March 11, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    From: OneVoiceCanWin News Network | Georgetown, Guyana
    Will the PPPC orchestrate violence to create a state of emergency? We must not let them!
    RE: AG-Protester assasinate
    d

    Courtney Crum-Ewing was a parent, a brother, a son, a pro-democracy activist, an ex-GDF officer, a QC grad, an overseas based Guyanese, a patriotic Guyanese, and more importantly, a human being. All of us share something with Courtney. Very few of us, however, will be able to relate to the determination, the courage, and the resolve he displayed as he stood outside of Attorney General Anil Nandlall’s office every day. Very few of us will ever be able to relate to the courage it took to walk the streets of Diamond, alone, with a megaphone, calling on the community to stand against the oppressive PPPC regime by voting on May 11th, 2015.

    The PPPC cabal have everything to lose, and they see the only way out of their inevitable defeat on May 11th, 2015 as indefinitely delaying elections through a state of emergency. Courtney’s brutal murder proves that his killers thought him a minor casualty of their battle to continue looting our country. OneVoice News Network considers this murder a political killing. The PPPC are clearly running scared. They are threatened as never before, and are reacting in vicious but predictable ways.

    The prevailing view on social media is that the PPPC is absolutely desperate enough to murder innocent Guyanese to try to create racial civil strife. Next in their evil plan is probably the murder of an East Indian man made to look like a reprisal. Social media participants understand that, and the prevailing call is for a collective calm and a steely resolve to take our revenge on May 11th, 2015. OneVoice is confident that the people do not want to answer this ugly provocation with violence. We are smarter than the cabal, and are aware of the PPPC’s ability for evil. Still, we are sure that the cabal will create the murderous theater of violence and retaliation on their own.

    Please answer Courtney’s murder by supporting his struggle, which is for all of us. Please channel his courage by helping all of your friends and neighbors to vote on May 11th. We ask that you support peaceful vigils in his name. We ask that you you actively serve your role as responsible Guyanese citizens, and speak out against PPPC abuses and corruption.

    The people of Guyana must be prepared for an orgy of violence orchestrated once again by the PPPC. They have done it before. We must therefore stand together. We must not let our brothers and sisters walk alone in this struggle for better lives, free of corruption and abuse. We must watch out for each other. We must share what we know. We must stand up together against PPPC evil. We must not let them act without penalty. We must be organized and intelligent in our response on May 11th, 2015. We must get our loved ones to march to the polls to make our voices heard. In a completely overwhelming landslide, we must say to the PPPC, “ENOUGH!”

    ©2015 OneVoiceCanWin News Network | Georgetown, Guyana

  • guyaneseonline  On March 11, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Opposition coalition appeals for calm in wake of political activist’s execution
    Wednesday, 11 March 2015 13:43 Written by Demerara Waves

    The opposition coalition of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) on Wednesday appealed for calm, in the wake of the execution of political activist Courtney Crum-Ewing.

    “To the citizens of Guyana, we appeal for you to be both resolute and reasoned in your condemnation of the impunity with which human rights abuses are carried and condoned under the PPP. Resist this dastardly and cowardly act of provocation.APNU+AFC appeals for calm in this trying time,” said the coalition in a statement.

    Police confirmed that he was gunned down on Third Street, Diamond about 8 PM Tuesday while on a loud hailer urging residents to turn out to vote in the May 11, 2015 general and regional elections.

    Investigators have since collected several .32 spent shells from the scene and hoped that ballistic tests would help them to trace the killer. Police said four men pulled up in a car and Crum-Ewing was shot several times.

    The coalition’s call for calm echoed one by prominent African Guyanese political activist and executive member of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Dr. David Hinds who urged Afro Guyanese to be seen as militants for racial peace, justice, equality and sisterhood/brotherhood.

    “Let us not be drawn into any form of ethnic revenge or tit for tat. Let us instead use Courtney’s body as a guiding compass to the ballot boxes on May 11. That is what the brother died on the frontline urging us to do.

    Let us not touch one East Indian man, woman or child. They are as much victims of the political depravity as the rest of us. Let us raise Black dignity to its highest peak and show the world that blood shedding in the quest for political power is not part of our word view,” he said.

    The APNU+AFC coalition assured that it was commited to ensuring that Crum-Ewing’s killers are “brought to justice” and urged the police to take the necessary steps. “APNU+AFC demands a full and impartial investigation into the murder of Courtney Crum-Ewing along with independent observation of the post-mortem. The longer his killers escape justice, the greater an indictment of the PPP’s failure to keep this society secure,” the coalition said.

    The Home Affairs Ministry has said that the Police Commissioner has been instructed to carry out a thorough probe into the incident.

    The coalition linked his murder to his recent one-man protest outside Attorney General Anil Nandlall’s office against remarks that he had made in a recorded telephone conversation with a Kaieteur News reporter. The coalition also observed that the Home Affairs Ministry issued a statement seeking to draw a “bizarre nexus” between the incident and the confirmation of Seelall Persaud as Police Commissioner.

    For its part, the APNU+AFC sought to link the activist’s killing with Former President Bharrat Jagdeo’s “divisive remarks” at Babu John, Port Mourant on Sunday. “Mr. Crum-Ewing was subject to harassment, threats and unreasonable detention by the Guyana Police Force. Now, two days after former President Bharrat Jagdeo mounted a political platform and spouted his divisive and violence-tinged rhetoric, Mr. Crum-Ewing has been killed,” the coalition said.

    Jagdeo has distanced his remarks from interpretations that he had sought to promote racial division between Afro and Indo Guyanese and has instead stressed that he was preaching racial unity.

    The coalition contended that Crum-Ewing’s murder has to be considered within the context of increasing attacks on the rights of citizens to express themselves freely and without fear, as well as against the backdrop of an untenable environment of poor citizen security.

  • Lord Norman  On March 12, 2015 at 10:45 am

    The results of Crum-Ewing’s killing is the straw that broke the camel’s back.

  • de castro  On March 12, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Executions do not solve political issues….if anything it strengthens the resolve
    of the followers of Courtney …….. An embarrassment for el presidente and his
    followers. Guyana is in its embryonic stage of democracy but change will be
    fast and furious…..especially if Guyana born patriots living abroad decide to return home.
    Our world is changing.
    Our world will change
    Guyana no exception.
    Just hope the revolution of change is ‘peaceful’ and for better.

    Suriname and Cayane Dutch and French ‘colonies’ are stable political neighbours
    Brazil the Goliath and Venezuela ‘volatile’ with Maduro s future uncertain.
    Let’s hope the Guyanese people make the right decision on 11 may.

    Am optimistic they will.

    Sir kamtan of ukplc Espania y Guyana.

  • guyaneseonline  On March 12, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    RE: Courtney Crum-Ewing’s assassination
    Letter from Major. General (Retd) Joseph G. Singh MSS

    Dear Editor

    At approximately 1930 hours on the evening of Tuesday, March 10, 2015, from where I reside, I heard at least five separate explosions which from the sounds, suggested they came from a firearm or from several firearms. I telephoned a contact who confirmed that an individual was shot at Diamond and shortly after I read the newsflash on Demerara Waves which gave the identity of the individual as Mr Courtney Crum-Ewing
    .
    As a Guyanese citizen, I condemn in the strongest terms this wanton killing of a young man whose only unlawful act just prior to his death by violent means may have been the use of a noisy instrument, a loud hailer, in a public place, without the necessary police permit. As a former student of Queen’s College which was also Courtney’s alma mater, I mourn the death of a fellow alumnus. As a retired officer of the Guyana Defence Force, I am distressed that one, who at the time of enlistment and during his service would have pledged to lay down his life for his country and for his fellow ‘squaddies’, would have been marked for death in such a cold blooded and cowardly manner by perpetrators who did not even have the courage to face this unarmed citizen but fired their weapon from a vehicle in which they fled from the scene.

    Crum-Ewing had come to be known to the public through the media coverage of his one-man protests in Carmichael Street. He was exercising his democratic right to protest. He was going about his advocacy work last evening, in relation to the upcoming elections, noisily perhaps but peacefully. He did not deserve to die under such circumstances and this act of folly coming at a time when the environment is again politically charged, must not be contaminated by considerations being propounded by political spin doctors across the political spectrum. All political parties must unequivocally condemn this heinous act without seeking to attribute blameworthiness unless proven after investigations, so as not to cause panic in a society still seeking to mend the legacy of ruptures in the tapestry of Guyana’s multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural society.

    The forces of law and order must be allowed to objectively and professionally conduct their investigations and be given all support from officialdom and citizenry to bring the perpetrators to heel and have them face the full weight of the law in a process that is managed expeditiously.

    It is to be hoped that political leaders on their campaign trails will deal objectively and circumspectly with young Crum–Ewing’s death and those other traumatic events that occurred in Guyana’s recent history from the 1960s to date, and they will not seek to exacerbate tensions by ‘milking’ these for perceived political mileage.

    Yours sincerely
    Joseph G Singh
    Major General (retd)
    March 11, 2015

  • gigi  On March 12, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    This reeks of a typical false flag operation to undermine the PPP. Cui bono? Who benefits? Are people that naive to think that the PPP will do something this stupid and pointless? This individual was NO THREAT to the PPP. He was just an ordinary person engage in a one man personal activism. If the PPP wanted him dead they would have made it look accidental and no one would have known different. What do they, the PPP, gain by going this route. Are they benefiting from this type of negative attention? NO! So again cui bono? To whose benefit? It wouldn’t be the opposition who is screaming the loudest with a well coordinated attack now, would it? I mean, everyone in their corner have come out pointing fingers at the PPP. Either the people swallowing this story are seriously daft and are easily fooled and manipulated, or they are in cahoots with the opposition hoping to secure one of those infamous prime minister spots that are being give out left, right and center. Either way this blatant execution of this individual is typical of the PNC/APNU with help from their American and British advisers who wallow in this kind of dark and dirty politics.

  • de castro  On March 12, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Gigi
    You are much too ‘engrossed’ in Guyana s politics to think clearly.
    Also your anti British and American position does not help.
    Please try to keep the politics out of the discussions until
    the motive for this murder is known. Speculation is dangerous
    especially if ‘political’.

    Am sure the person or persons responsible for this ‘criminal’ act
    will be identified and brought to trial.

    Let’s see how quickly this investigation is completed.

    Please keep your cool.

    Que Sera Sera
    Sir kamtan

  • guyaneseonline  On March 13, 2015 at 12:28 am

    President Ramotar shrugs off finger-pointing over Crum-Ewing’s execution

    Thursday, 12 March 2015 -Written by Denis Scott Chabrol _ Demerara Waves

    President Donald Ramotar on Thursday sought to shift responsibility away from his political corner for the gunning down of a political activist Tuesday night at Diamond, East Bank Demerara.

    His administration and ruling party have been blamed by the political opposition for the gunning down of Courtney Crum-Ewing while on a loud hailer urging residents to go out and vote in the May 11, 2015 general and regional elections.

    Ramotar condemned the killing and urged that every effort be made to bring the killers to justice. “I wish from this forum to out rightly condemn that action and to call on to the police force to leave no stone unturned in finding those who perpetrated this crime and if necessary and if it exists to find the intellectual authors of this criminal act that was committed,” he said.

    Noting that he has already heard that Crum-Ewing’s death was the first political assassination for the election season, the President challenged accusers to come forward and provide information to the police or they could be accused. “Otherwise, what they are saying could be construed as being instigation and want to instigate violence in our country,” he said.

    The opposition coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) have sought to link the killing of Crum-Ewing to the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and Former President Bharrat Jagdeo’s comments about race and politics earlier this week.

    Crum-Ewing, a former Guyana Defence Force (GDF) officer, rose to prominence when he held daily protests outside the office of the Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall for allegedly violent suggestions he had made in a recorded conversation with Kaieteur News reporter Leonard Gildharie. Crum-Ewing had accused Nandlall of being corrupt and racist. The Attorney General has in past dismissed those assertions. Crum-Ewing had been detained by police on a number of occasions during the period he had protested outside Nandlall’s office.

    Head of the Criminal Investigations Department, Assistant Commissioner Leslie James said so far investigators have been unable to glean any useful information from private surveillance camera footage and that ballistic tests on several .32 spent shells have not yet been conducted. He said no one has been detained for questioning. Asked about Crum-Ewing’s background, the top detective said he had no information to suggest that the victim might have been involved in shady activities. “This is a murder investigation and all aspects of it will be checked out,” he said when asked about several death-threat reports that had been made by Crum-Ewing at the Brickdam Police Station. The probe is also expected to include his political activism, James said.

    As political campaigning heats up ahead of what is expected to be the most keenly contest elections in decades, the President hoped that election season would be free of threats, intimidation and physical abuse. “I want to ensure that on election night and after the results of the general and regional elections are known that the environment must be sustained and all political parties contesting the elections must pledge their support to the Guyana Police Force and the Joint Services.

    “They must appeal to their constituency and their staff to display maturity and patriotism to demonstrate to the world that we are a progressive and responsible people,” he said.

    The Guyanese leader appealed to everyone in government and opposition to strengthen the country’s security rather than having “opposition for the sake of having opposition” by, for example, voting down amendments to the financial crimes law and objecting to a US$15 million loan from the Inter American Development Bank. The opposition and government have been at loggerheads for almost three years over ways to strengthen the Anti Money Laundering and Countering of Financing Terrorism Act.

  • de castro  On March 13, 2015 at 3:41 am

    My instinct/intuition tells me the ‘police’ has the evidence of
    ‘Who done it’ on their files from various interviews with the deceased.
    If they need assistance in their investigations am sure ‘criminal investigators’
    international help is available….just ask if needed.
    But please find the suspects and stop the political speculation
    from escalating in mainstream media.
    El presidente s call for calm is welcomed.

    Party politics aside this is a murder investigation not a ‘football’
    game for political gain. Find the criminals, charge, try, and jail them.
    If death penalty is still available….’execute them publicly’
    am certain this will demonstrate that the authorities in Guyana
    are to be respected and freedom of speech also endorsed.

    Kamtan

  • Patrick Barker  On March 14, 2015 at 10:47 am

    I thought Guyanese existed on a higher political spectrum of reasoning than many a nation in the world, but I have been corrected, and hope that they who have contributed to this despicable act think about when the return happens, and to them. There will be no suspects found because there are too many cooks in the kitchen with extreme political influence. The planners of this event would be afraid to give up the perpetrators and lose that support.
    Let us look at what transpired in Guyana’s politics since Jagdeo was planted into the main political realm of the PPP. We have seen increase in corruption and wealth accumulation, public display of questionable opulence where the wealth displayed are rarely oppugn and supported by current income, public political decisions coupled with “barefaced thievery” becoming an acceptable political expectation, the unheralded expenditure of government funds on trivialities, the giving away of our national resources.Given all that have occurred since the advent of Jadeo’s political ascendency, we the Guyanese public should feel we have dodged the bullet by not having more act of violence and assassinations visiting us as a nation.
    It is idiotic for the public to in-vision that the current government, by its lack of positive national action or contributory action, did not direct the way for this assassination event. The insidious mind of the decision makers could have planned this event to show the nation that their despicable position and displaced political reasoning could bring this nation to its knees. All of this could be a plan to bring chaos to this nation just before the elections. I just hope that the Guyanese public could see the fallacy in this event and not readily lay blame on those who are not responsible for advent of this event.

  • Clyde Duncan  On March 14, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    A man shot five times in another neighbourhood: http://roarmag.org/2015/03/tony-robinson-wisconsin-us-police/

  • guyaneseonline  On March 15, 2015 at 1:14 am

    Assistant Commissioner asked David Hinds if he had evidence of the perpetrators of the Crum-Ewing murder
    MARCH 14, 2015 · BY Stabroek News – Letter

    Dear Editor,

    The Guyana Police Force is responding to a letter published in the Stabroek News of Thursday March 12, written by David Hinds under the caption ‘There should be no tit for tat.’

    The gist of the letter seems to give the perception that the killing of Courtney Crum-Ewing on March 10, at Diamond, EBD, was politically motivated by persons aligned to another political party other than the one Crum-Ewing belonged to.

    The Guyana Police Force wishes to inform the public that on the basis of this letter, the Assistant Commissioner ‘Law Enforcement’ contacted Mr David Hinds and asked him whether he had evidence of the perpetrators of the murder and he said that he had no such evidence.

    The Assistant Commissioner ‘Law Enforcement’ then informed Mr David Hinds that there was therefore no logic on which his statement and call for ‘no tit for tat’ was based, and also told him that his statement had the potential to incite violence and warned him to desist from such behaviour.

    Yours faithfully,
    Ivelaw Whittaker
    Public Relations and Press Officer

    • albert  On March 15, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      “……..The Assistant Commissioner ‘Law Enforcement’ then informed Mr David Hinds that there was therefore no logic on which his statement and call for ‘no tit for tat’ was based, and also told him that his statement had the potential to incite violence and warned him to desist from such behaviour.

      Yours faithfully,
      Ivelaw Whittaker
      Public Relations and Press Officer”

      Years back about seven Police Officers, including some senior ones, caught a arson suspect name Batson, handcuffed and place him in a sealed room, then throw in throw in a cannister of tear gas, after pulling out the pin. Batson suffered massive injuries and his scrotum was swollen like a football. A setup Berbice jury freed them and they returned to the police force.
      When Burnham came to power he said all seven had to go……….and they were gone.
      Fortunately Granger may not be the revengeful type leader, if he wins, or all these corrupt idiotic police officers would be on his list.

    • Rosaliene Bacchus  On March 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      Just read this response to Whittaker’s letter to Stabroek News:
      “Blatant double standards,” Arif Bulkan’s letter to Stabroek News, March 15, 2015
      http://www.stabroeknews.com/2015/opinion/letters/03/15/blatant-double-standards/

      • de castro  On March 15, 2015 at 3:35 pm

        That’s why ‘commissioners’ in UK are elected not appointed.
        An appointee will ‘lap dog’ to keep his job.
        An electee is appointed to serve the public.
        A policeman is a public servant…law enforcer.
        Not unlike a MP who makes the law.
        The law is an ass unless enforceable.

        Whoever wins on 7 may must uphold these principles or his/her
        leadership will be questioned publicly in the main stream media.
        We can but speculate until after results.
        Que Sera Sera
        Kamtan

  • guyaneseonline  On March 18, 2015 at 6:32 am

    An Open Letter to the People of Guyana by Queen’s College Alumni
    MARCH 16, 2015 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER LETTERS
    Dear Editor,
    We, the undersigned, are outraged and saddened by the senseless murder of Mr. Courtney Crum-Ewing on Tuesday, March 10th in Diamond, EBD. Mr. Crum-Ewing was most brutally gunned down while performing a civic duty for his country; that is, engaging in the political process of Guyana. His engagement took the form of encouraging Guyanese citizens to exercise their right to self-determination.
    The right to self-determination is a most basic human right that is embraced by all Guyanese regardless of political affiliation. This is what was fought for and won through independence from Britain.
    We are reminded of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King: “The first thing we must do here tonight is to decide we are not going to become panicky. That we are going to be calm, and we are going to continue to stand up for what is right. Fear not, we’ve come too far to turn back.”
    Therefore, we call for peace. We call for swift and just actions to be taken against the perpetrator(s) of Mr. Crum-Ewing’s senseless murder. We call for all political leaders to dial back their vitriol particularly at this sensitive juncture.
    We raise our voices as one to express our heartfelt condolence to the family and friends of Mr. Crum-Ewing. We raise our voices as one because we feel particularly aggrieved by this wanton act of violence.
    We raise our voices as one out of love and loyalty to our beloved country. We ask all Guyanese to join us as we publicly and privately repudiate violence and intimidation.
    We are and will continue to be – regardless of our gender, race, religion, ethnicity, political beliefs, geography – guided in our actions, in part, by Martin Niemoller’s famous poem:
    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Socialist.
    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
    May the soul of Mr. Courtney Crum-Ewing rest in peace.
    Mr. Mohammed Karimullah 1968-1976
    Dr. Nathilee Caldeira 1979-1986
    Mr. Ronald Caleb 1972-1974
    Ms. Karen Wharton 1976-1981
    Dr. Mark Kirton
    Mr. Bryn Bowen
    Mr. Louis London 1966-1972
    Dr. Keith Wilson
    Ms. Corinne Locke 1975-1982
    Mr. Compton Saywack 1967-1972
    Dr. Alissa Trotz
    Mr. Fairbairn Liverpool 1962-1965
    Mr. Hugh Hamilton 1971-1977
    Mr. Lloyd Houston
    Dr. Neville Burke 1998-2004
    Mr. Dominic Gaskin
    Mr. Gordon Williams
    Ms. Diana West 1986-1988
    Dr. Kamal Dookie 1964-1971
    Mr.Raphael Lindo
    Mr.Leyland Grant
    Mr.Michael Harris 1964-1971
    Dr. John Rickford 1960-1967
    Mr. Eden Gajraj 1954-1961
    Mr. Adam Harris 1960-1966
    Dr. Vibert Cambridge 1955-1961
    Mr. Alfred Granger 1964-1971
    Mr. John Campbell 1974-1981
    Dr. Terrence Blackman
    Mr. Jemel Liverpool 1995-2001
    Mr. Ian Carto 1966-1972
    Mr. Gordon Wilson
    Dr. Michelle Mickle-Foster 1977-1983
    Mr. Louis Kilkenny
    Dr. Shondel Nero
    Mr. Lance Chase
    Mr. Patrick Stephens
    Dr. Frank Douglas 1959-1962
    Mr.Mortimer London 1962-1969
    Mr. Dane Hartley
    Dr. Jerome Branche 1967-1972
    Dr. Vonetta Edwards 1990-1997
    Mr.Edward Meertins-George
    Mr. Vishnu Mahadeo 1975-1977
    Ms. Dawn Holder
    Ms. Darlene Walcott 1998-2005
    Ms. Saran Nurse 1985-1990
    Dr. Ronald Moore 1980
    Mr. Aubrey Smith 1961-1969
    Mr. Trevor Grant 1964-1971
    Mr. Paul Montague (Kojo Nnamdi) 1956-1963
    Dr. Frank Denbow 1967-1974
    Mr. Clairmont Chung

  • Thinker  On March 18, 2015 at 7:35 am

    It needs to be explained that this is largely a QC alumni list. Somewhat an outcome of the “QC people run things” statement from the QC alumnus Chatree A-G.

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