Jagdeo Promises To Ease Oppression On African Community
Scores of Afro- Guyanese dressed in their traditional African attire showed up at the International Convention Centre last evening to officially launch the year for people of African Descent.
President Bharrat Jagdeo in addressing those gathered promised that his administration will do all it can to ease the oppression of the African community in this country.
The Head of State went on to say that an apology is not enough since for too long, Africans have been deprived and discriminated against.
The president, amidst calls by some African groups and organizations in the country for a boycott of the event last evening said that his administration is willing at any time to engage in talks with those groups, to address the concerns of the afro-community. It is on this note the president said that boycotting the event will not solve the problem.
And bringing greetings on behalf of the Rastafari community, President of the Guyana Rastafari Council Ras Leon Saul took the opportunity to call on the administration to pay attention especially to the African Youths. He said too many of them are suffering.
Songs, dance, and chants also formed part of the evening’s proceedings. Among some of the events planned for the year include African art exhibitions, public conferences on the concerns and issues affecting afro-Guyanese, food and fashion fairs.