Members of the joint services and the Guyana Fire service were kept busy today in the town of Linden
Members of the joint services and the Guyana Fire service were kept busy today in the town of Linden and residents came out early once again in protest. This time protesting the deaths of those 3 Lindeners who were shot down when the police opened fire on a crowd. Today tires and other debris were set a light at various points of the town on the roadway as residents said they have had enough and were shocked by the police force’s response. Justice they said is what they want right now.
The Police Divisional Commander Clifton Higgins who oversaw yesterday’s action by the police dodged questions about why there was the need for force. He said the police were investigating whether the police used live rounds. That coming after Police headquarters admitted that shotgun cartridges were used.
Medial officials said the police always had access to the hospital. Reports that the police could not get access to the hospital to ascertain how many were dead and how many were injured is just not true, one official said.
Residents of the community say they will not be deterred and intend to step up the protest action.
Region 10 Chairman Sharma Solomon said the Divisional Commander MUST be removed immediately and he wants an international and independent inquiry into what took place.
The regional chairman said the action by the police was more than uncalled for and noted that the action followed earlier threats by senior police officers at Linden.
And Member of Parliament for the APNU from Linden, Vanessa Kissoon found herself at the hospital last evening as one of the men was shot dead right in front of her very eyes and she rushed him to the hospital. She said a police officer even pointed a gun at her.
The regional administration has indicated that it will be supportive of the families of those who died. Residents said, Linden now has its own martyrs.