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Enmore Martyrs Remembered

Family members, Government officials and members of various trade unions this morning assembled at the grave-site of the five Enmore Martyrs, to pay homage and reflect on their struggle for better working conditions for sugar workers some 62 years ago.

 

As is the custom each year, the group assembled in the Le Repentir Cemetery for a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the occasion of Enmore Martyrs day 2010.

In his address, Minister of Labour Acting, Irfaan Ally noted that the day is a solemn reminder of the struggles of workers all across the country.

  

Meanwhile, General Secretary of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) Carvil Duncan said that the five workers made the ultimate sacrifice in the quest for working class liberation in the country.

  

Just after sunrise on the morning of June 16, 1948, the five sugar workers – Lallabaggie, Dookie, Rambarran, Harry and Pooran were brutally shot to death at Enmore Estate while staging a picketing exercise for better working conditions, fair wages, and for the recognition of a trade union of their choice.

There were also fourteen other workers who were seriously injured.

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