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|APNU, AFC continue anti-national behaviour in Linden|
|Monday, 06 August 2012 21:52|
It is now beyond dispute and debate as to where the responsibility for the current impasse at Linden must lie. Not satisfied with almost bringing the nation to the precipice of a socio–economic standstill, compliments of vengeful and ill-advised budgetary cuts, recently adjudicated by the Chief Justice as illegal, both political opposition parties, APNU and the AFC have continued this deliberate,
anti–national behaviour, by advising Lindeners not to accept the previously agreed decision by David Granger and President Ramotar as to the gradual removal of the electricity subsidy.
Since the initiation of what had been described as a peaceful protest, three Lindeners have died, and 20 injured during a stand–off with the police on July 18; acts of arson committed, resulting in the destruction of the Linmine Building Complex, and the wilful torching of several vehicles – one such incident that occasioned a driver, making his way from the interior, to narrowly escape being incinerated.
How can both opposition parties nurture the continuation of actions that are clearly extreme, and which have served to facilitate criminal acts, is beyond the realm of rational thinking for two main reasons.
First, if we are to accept from Lindeners that their community is in a state of economic travail, with all the attendant consequences, then the opposition- supported closing down the town measures, which can only continue to hurt the economic lives of the residents, were most backward and stupid. Lindeners and their community can only endure more unnecessary pain.
Second, and which again must be re-emphasised, such encouragement by both parties for dangerous, narrow political ends is retrogressive, and plays into the hands of the extremists, as in the not-so-long ago Buxton terror. Moreover, this is not the type of responsible leadership promised by both parties during the run-up to the last November poll, and even immediately after, given the new political realities present at this time.
One is still shocked by David Granger’s volte face on the gradualist arrangement. This somersault severely calls into question his leadership steel, especially when faced with critical issues pertaining to the national interest. His unprincipled act has contributed in a most significant way to the current township’s status quo at this time.
This brings one to the important question as to whether what is occurring in the mining town is supported by all Lindeners. Is there a silent majority, kept uncomfortably in their homes by the reported lawless activities of thugs who, according to press reports, have been attacking and robbing persons along trails. Then there are the extortioners who are exacting huge sums of money as toll fees.
This is beginning to resemble the Buxton nightmare as alluded to earlier.There’s the claim by Tacuma Ogunseye, in particular, that what had unfolded in Buxton was the doings of freedom fighters. And what did it really become in the final analysis? A haven for some of the most vicious collection of criminals, and their horrendous acts, perpetrated on villagers and elsewhere alike! Parallel this with vehicles not being allowed to enter nor leave the town of Linden; business persons’ trucks being looted of their commodities; and Amerindians travelling for the important National Toshaos Conference being prevented from exiting the well-known Linden trail for further travel to the city. How in the name of good heavens can such a protest be described as peaceful? This is clearly intimidatory.
Both APNU and the AFC must therefore begin to take immediate steps to normalise this volatile state of being that is entirely of their crafting. This is their duty as national stakeholders. Such an intervention is incumbent upon them for the maintenance of peace of the nation.
|Last Updated on Monday, 06 August 2012 21:53|
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