Guyana: Drug-fueled violence escalated under President Jagdeo – By Barrington Braithwaite

COMMENTARY -Guyana Chronicle – 08 September 2019

…Braithwaite says PPP was losing ability to govern the country

Barrington Braithwaite

RIGHTS activist and social commentator, Barrington Braithwaite has long contended that violent crimes fueled by extra-judicial killings here escalated under the watch of the Bharrat Jagdeo Administration. But even before that, he is now saying, there were signs that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) was losing its ability to govern the country.

As Braithwaite contends, under Jagdeo’s watch as president (which spanned August 11, 1999 to December 3, 2011), there were three massacres: The Lusignan Massacre, where 11 people were killed; The Bartica Massacre, where another 12 were killed; and the Lindo Creek massacre, where eight miners were slaughtered.

Besides, there were countless extra-judicial killings, with some activists estimating that around 400 Afro-Guyanese males were gunned down.             

Braithwaite had designed the Buxton Monument, on which is inscribed the names of over 450 Guyanese who were murdered during the period at reference. He has long advocated for justice to be served for the crimes committed against humanity.


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  • Denise  On 09/09/2019 at 12:05 pm

    It goes without saying that Roger Khan must answer for the crimes he’s responsible for. The government must deal with him expeditiously once he sets foot on Guyana soil and any plea deals must include naming everyone in the government, police department and private citizens. Too many Guyanese have been executed at the hands of the Phantom Squad and those involved must be brought to justice. That is the role of the government.

    • Trevor  On 09/09/2019 at 8:49 pm

      When I was growing up as a teen during this crime wave, our mothers and aunts warned us that the police will set us up and then murder us for trumped up charges.

      There were police who were bribed to terrorise us (Black youth), and our innocence was taken away every time we hear a gunshot in our communities (“South”/Lodge/West Ruimveldt/East La Penitence).

      The PPP became insanely rich, and we noticed a wave of Hong Kong nationals who were seizing squatter lands across GT using armed police, and then opening stores and malls.

      The PPP alleged drug money escalated from 2009 until they were voted from office. This was when Freddie Kissoon also observed that the streets of GT were decorated with taller and taller high rises, but most of the buildings were not being used for capacity.

      If Jagdeo gets his hands on the oil monies, even the 1% from Tullow, I can say Goodbye to our future here.

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