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Shocking video of Police beating civilians at Marudi in Region Nine sparks outrage – 4th Mar 2013

police brutalityThe Guyana Police Force has sent another Senior Rank to join a high level team of officers, who are currently investigating the beating of civilians by Policemen at Marudi, in Region 9.

That incident was captured on camera and given wide coverage on the social media.

At the weekend,Police Commissioner Leroy Brummell said,the matter will not be swept under the carpet.

He vowed that action will be taken against the Rnks that have already been identified.

Capitol News understands,that based on the findings of the investigating team, the report will be submitted to the Director Of Public Prosecutions, after which the DPP will then advise hether department or criminal changes will be instituted.

The incident believed to have occurred on Saturday when Poice Ranks accompanied officials from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), to clear several illegal miners from the Marudi Mining District.

A photograph that surfaced on the social media revealed a police corporal inflicting blows on civilians who were lying on the trail to protest their removal. A woman and her sons were reportedly among those beaten.

Later a video, posted on YouTube, showed the cursing Policemen clubbing and dragging the civilians, while some of their colleagues, and other men in plain clothes, stood with guns.

At one point the corporal is seen cutting a tree branch with which he proceeded to beat the protesters.
A source close to the police commissioner said the Standard Operating Procedure, is to remove the officers from the Marudi outpost. He said in this incident the corporal who was in charge of the other Ranks will be removed.

At the centre of the protest, is a mining claim that is registered to a Canadian mining company, Romanex Guyana Explorations Limited, the protesters said the area in question was neglected for more than a decade.

The miners remain adamant that they are awaiting word from President Donald Ramotar who had met with them on February 9 last and had promised to look into the matter with a view to settling it amicably.

According to a release from the Ministry of Natural Resources, Romanex was granted a licence to mine at Marudi Mountains, Region Nine, since April 17, 2009.

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