Guyana: Supporters of the APNU+AFC bearing large pamphlets demonstrating dismissal of scores of African-Guyanese by the current regime protested in the streets of downtown Georgetown, in front of the Parliament building and Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
Former CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of the Guyana Lands & Survey Commission (GLSC), Trevor Benn, was also present with the protesters.
Trevor Benn was released on bail less than a week ago after being accused of misconduct in public office.
‘Stop the assault on black labor and capital,‘ ‘Take your knees off our black professional necks’; ‘We stand in support of and in solidarity with Trevor Benn‘ these are the voices of people.
Former Chief Executive Officer was detained in relation to the leasing of some six acres of land at Ogle but has since informed the media that he believes his arrest was a kind of witch-hunting on the part of the Administration “to destroy and besmirch the reputation of a professional black man.”
Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon (PNCR) had also denounced the arrest of Benn, reemphasizing his party’s position that such actions represent the sequence of harassment and victimization of afro-Guyanese.
Other well-known individuals present at the demonstration included Opposition Members of Parliament, Annette Ferguson, Cathy Hughes, and Juretha Fernandes, Tabitha Sarabo-Halley, Coretta McDonald; PNC/R Executive Member Aubrey Norton and Opposition Chief Whip, Christopher Jones.
Norton told the media at the Parliament building, “We are here in support and solidarity. It is clear that the Government’s intention is to harass afro-Guyanese and all people who would have supported the APNU+AFC.”
Furthermore, he added, The time is imminent when we have to respond, and this is the beginning of what I would consider being a very significant responsibility that will deal directly with the illegitimate administration,”
Norton stated that his party would not tolerate such events, and the protest witnessed is just one of the ways in which it will continue to resist the unwarranted firing and arrests of Afro-Guyanese. “It is clear the interest [of the PPP/C] is in domination and control,” he said, adding:
“We believe that this society is for all Guyanese. They have been dismissing, firing afro-Guyanese without any reason, and therefore we have to stand up.” This article was taken from PNCR post.