Actions by Joint Services in Linden over the weekend is not going down well with the town’s citizens
The actions by the Joint Services in Linden over the weekend is not going down well with the town’s citizens and they are promising to continue with their protest action. The town of Linden looked like a war zone over the weekend as the joint services moved in with ‘Operation Final Push’ to clear the roads and make an attempt to restore some law and order.
In the early hours of Sunday morning just as the town was waking up to a fire at the One Mile Primary School which completely gutted the school, the ‘Operation Final Push’ was stepped up.
The police force has confirmed that a man believed to be behind the burning down of the school was caught by residents and handed over to the police. The man remains in custody.
It was just after the handing over of the man to the police that the operation was restarted to clear the roads. As residents protested that move and gathered in their hundreds, the joint services began releasing tear gas, tear smoke and pellets were also fired at persons. The situation became so chaotic at one stage that canisters of tear smoke were being shot into the homes of citizens in the early morning, affecting sleeping children. And there was even friendly fire as two soldiers were shot with pellets fired by the police.
A 10 year old boy was shot with pellets to his head while he was in his home. Residents said they have had enough.
The operation continued for hours and as the joint services cleared the roads in some areas, other areas were blocked as residents became enraged over the action and even more defiant.
Persons in the town who were protesting said the protestors had nothing to do with the early morning fire and the police must continue to press the man taken into custody to reveal the interllectual authors. Residents said they would have nothing to benefit from the torching of the school. Today the Regional Chairman Sharma Solomon said Operation Final Push appeared more to be an activity meant to terrorise the citizens of the town.
President Ramotar again reiterated over the weekend that he will only visit the community when the roads are cleared. The joint services have reported that all the roads leading into the town have been cleared. The President has been made aware of that development.