The shooting to death by police of three unarmed protestors in Guyana’s mining town of Linden on Wednesday has prompted widespread calls for a government inquiry into the incident. The three shooting victims were part of a large demonstration protesting a 50 percent increase in electricity rates.
Protestors reportedly blocked the Wismar Bridge, which facilitates vehicular traffic to and from the country’s vast and natural resources rich hinterland region. This prompted riot police sent in from Georgetown to fire teargas and rubber bullets. Protestors responded by throwing stones and teargas canisters back at police, who responded with live rounds, killing three and wounding dozens.
Calling for a Commission of Inquiry into the shooting, Rickford Burke, president of the New York-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID), said, that the killings are a wanton slaughter of African-Guyanese by Guyana police. The peoples of the Caribbean region must express outrage at these killings and solidarity with the black population in Guyana.