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Protests continue against the all-Chinese workforce in the construction of the Marriott Hotel – 20th Feb 2013

leroy marriottThose were some of the chants from members of the Coalition for the Re-location of the 1823 Monument: They have now turned their attention to the absence of Guyanese employees at the Marriott.

Spokesman for the group, Freddie Kissoon, told Capitol News that his organization has rejected comments from Presidential advisor on Governance, Gail Teixiera, that the people, interest groups and entities that are protesting against the current state of the construction of the Marriott project,are stink of racism.

The Marriott project is being financed solely by the taxpayers of Guyana, with over 2 billion Guyana dollars being shelled out so far.

The Government has defended its decision by saying the language barrier was one of the reasons for the Chinese firm hiring Chinese workers.

The Government also claimed that it bargained with the Chinese contractor to lower its construction cost in exchange for freedom to choose its own workers, and so the Chinese workers were brought in.

Meanwhile, political activist Mark Benschop moved to the office of Television Guyana (TVG) which is owned by Bobby Ramsaroop to protest Government granting that entity permission to operate a radio station.

He said the ad hoc selection by the Government to award radio licenses is an indictment of the Donald Ramotar administration.

Benschop said he will continue to ensure that the rights of the Guyanese people are protected.

 

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