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Opposition believes police shooting of unarmed persons has reached crisis level

The Joint Opposition parties in the National Assembly, believe that the number of events of unarmed persons being shot by the police has reached crisis level and it’s an issue they intend to take to the National Assembly when the Assembly returns from its 2 month recess.

The opposition just before the recess had passed a no confidence motion on the Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee . It was the first time that such a motion was passed against a sitting member of the National Assembly. The Government did not budge and the Minister is still holding on to his portfolio.

Today representatives from the APNU and the AFC said the situation is worsening and must be addressed now.

Over the years, there have been several incidents that led to the death of unarmed persons at the hands of the police. The opposition a few years back had even compiled a dossier on hundreds of extra judicial killings.

There have been efforts in the past for more training to be given to the police. The British Government was about to launch a training programme in a multi-million dollar reform of the Police Force programme but the Guyana Government pulled the plug on that at the very last moment. The British have not offered any more help since then.

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