Memorial and Wreath Laying ceremony held for three Lindeners killed during 2012 protest
It was a cold and gloomy morning with showers, but that did not stop the family members of the three men killed last year in Linden during a protest action by the community over a propose increase in electricity rates. July 18th last year, Allan Lewis, Ron Somerset and Shemroy Bouyea died after being shot during the evening of the first day of planned protest action. Today, a memorial and wreath laying ceremony was held at the Bamia Cemetery on the Soesdyke-Linden Highway.
The pain of losing their loved ones is still fresh in the memories of the families of the men.
It is not one year later since the residents in Linden protested. Since then, the community is still fighting for justice for those murdered.
Opposition Leader David Granger told the families that their loved ones did not die in vein, since the incident can be used as a lesson that nothing is achieved without a sacrifice.
REgion 10 Chairman Sharma Solomon assured the grieving relatives that while nothing can replace the lives taken, the region stands committed to fighting for justice in their honour.
After the Linden unrest a Commission of Inquiry was set up to look into the incident. The Commission found the Police culpable in the deaths of the men, but no recommendation was made for criminal charges to be laid against the Police officers involved. However, the Commission did recommend that the Families of Alan Lewis and Shemroy Bouyea receive compensation to the tune of 3 million dollars each, while 2 million dollars was allocated to Ron Somerset’s family. The families of the victims, last month signed to accept the compensation offered by the Government and are now looking down the legal road since they believe the settlement was inadequate.