SURINAME: Politics: Protest gets grimmer; protesters want to storm Cabinet

Huge crows outside the Office of the President – Paramaribo. Suriname

July 18, 2022

(Suriname Herald) Protests against the policies of the Santokhi government are getting grim. At the Office of the President, protesters just tried to enter the grounds of the Office of the President. They were stopped by presidential security.

There is a huge crowd at both the Office of the President and the Independence Square. The people are very heated. One chants “Down with Chan!”.           

Dissatisfied citizens demand that the government inform the people about many things that are unclear. People are tired of all the scandals. From the receipt scam to the various positions held by the first lady and for which the statutes of Staatsolie had to be changed.

There is also dissatisfaction with the appointment policy whereby friends and family are given positions. People are also tired of promises not being kept. People are tired of the ever rising prices of products in the shops, petrol, utilities and house rent.

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  • Emily  On 07/18/2022 at 11:06 pm

    As greedy capitalists continue to profit from the Guiana Offshore Basin, the people in Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana are experiencing a cost of living that is in tandem with the spending power of the oil companies, corrupt officials and the political elite.

    What makes Suriname different is that the racial tensions that plague Guyana seldom tend to affect the citizens.

    Suriname is a melting pot of the freed Maroon peoples, the Indian indentured laborers, the Chinese, the Indonesians and a few Dutch people who chose to assimilate and stay there. There is also a growing presence of Cubans and Domincan Republic citizens in Suriname.

    In Guyana, I heard that those who consider themselves “East Indian” are defending Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo who was interviewed in the VICE documentary. This is solely because they don’t want the Black Guyanese to gain power. This is how Guyana will never experience a fair democracy and rule of law.

    Why in Guyana is everything about Indian vs Black? While Guyanese are fighting, the criminal elements from China are pillaging the rainforest and destroying the mining zones where the Amerindians live.

    • Dennis Albert  On 07/19/2022 at 8:57 am

      Good morning again.
      I was born after Burnham died, but you’re right the foreigners are making bank from exploiting our natural resources.
      Guyana is a country rich in natural resources, yet the big man in the private sector are reluctant to raise the minimum wage to G$60,000 (US$300) a month.
      Meanwhile they import Italian luxury race cars and build these massive high rises to sell to Chinese criminals for millions of Yankee dollars.
      Suriname people would revolt like Sri Lanka if that ever happened in Suriname.

      • Emily  On 07/20/2022 at 6:52 pm

        Guyana needs a new government and a civil society which unifies rather than divide. It’s unfair that the Guyanese citizens are fighting for scraps of thrown away bread while the political elites and corrupt businessmen haul away with the golden treasure chest.

  • Peggy  On 07/19/2022 at 1:33 pm

    Corruption is a plague. Leaders are rarely and almost never interested in the betterment of the country and it’s citizens. Countries that prosper show a deference to God, family, and country. Leaders are only concerned to get re-elected and the opposition is only concerned to garner votes and power; afterwards, the plague of power and corruption continue. A sad, vicious circle.

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