Veteran Trade Unionist, Lincoln Lewis takes stand of Linden Commission of Inquiry
Veteran Trade Unionist, Lincoln Lewis took the stand in the Linden Commission of Inquiry on Thursday and sought to give the commission a history lesson on Linden and the Mackenzie Wismar Bridge, a lesson that not all of the commissioners may have been interested in.
Lewis moved on and testified that on the day in question, July 18th, he was at the bridge where he addressed the gathering the afternoon, just before the police opened fire on the crowd with tear gas and gunshots.
He testified too of seeing Commander Hicken at the Bridge with what appeared to be a gun wrapped up in newspaper.
The trade unionist made it clear that it was not the first time the Mackenzie Wismar bridge was blocked and said, in the past, the issue was resolved with the Government officials visiting the protesting persons and listening to their concerns. He even referenced a visit to the bridge by President at the time Bharrat Jagdeo in 2004 when residents protested. Linden he said, is the cradle of Guyana’s revolution and if circumstances demanded in the future, as part of the protest he sees no problem with the bridge being blocked.