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|The Agricola terror|
|Friday, 12 October 2012 19:48|
IN any democracy, the right to peaceful protest is guaranteed, but the right to encroach on other peopleâ€™s rights is certainly not guaranteed. And when protests turn into
mayhem and terror and robberies and destruction of property, that is definitely going beyond the boundary and what happened at Agricola on Thursday is one such example.
It would be useful and interesting if the instigators and participants of the Agricola fiasco could explain what they were protesting about.
Furthermore, it would be even more useful and interesting if they could say whether burning tyres; blocking roads; robbing people etc., are part of protests.
The mayhem and terror resulted in the lives and limbs of thousands of people including children, the elderly and workers being compromised as they were also left stranded for hours, hungry, tired and fatigued and not knowing when they would reach home. How could such actions be deemed a protest for justice, because in this so-called protest grave injustice was done to thousands of innocent people.
Perhaps if no action had been taken in bringing to justice the killers of the Agricola youth, then one would have been more sympathetic to the so-called protesters. But we all know that the killing of the youth is just being used as the springboard to unleash terror and mayhem by those who are hungry for power and in the process innocent people are used as pawns to advance that objective.
So just like in the 1960s when the founder leader of the PNC said the Labour Relations Bill is not the cause of the war but rather the occasion for it, those currently seeking power at all costs are similarly using the Agricola killing as the occasion for the war. Only recently, the proposed increase in electricity tariffs for Linden was used in a similar fashion, but this has boomeranged on the instigators thereby unravelling their true motives.
In 1997 we witnessed a similar scenario when the nationality and colour of the skin of Mrs. Janet Jagan were use used as the springboard for unleashing terror and mayhem.
And to further confirm that these so-called protests have nothing to do with justice for anyone, we would recall that a prominent member of the opposition, who had described the Buxton criminals as freedom fighters, declared before the last elections in November that terror and mayhem would be unleashed if the PPP won but did not share power with the opposition.
So what happened at Linden and is happening in Agricola fits in with the pronouncement of this prominent opposition member. The plan is now unfolding.
So Ms. Gail Teixeira and Mr. Anil Nandlall were perfectly right when they declared that
the events that unfolded, from the protest action outside the Magistratesâ€™ Court yesterday morning, to the mayhem on the East Bank four-lane highway, was a carefully orchestrated agenda that synchronises with the convening of Parliament yesterday; and the ultimatum to the President to relieve Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee of his post within 48 hours was merely a facilitator to precipitate the series of events that they hope would force the Ramotar administration to demit office.
On the issue of the call for Mr. Roheeâ€™s resignation, we need to ask those who are making this call if they are not aware that there is an ongoing Commission of Inquiry which has not yet made any pronouncements as yet. This call could only be justified if the Commission of Inquiry pronounces that Mr. Rohee was culpable and guilty of any wrongdoing.
Those calling for his resignation also need to tell us if anyone had resigned when Dr Walter Rodney, Father Bernard Darke, Jagan Ramessar, Bhlonauth Parmanand, Dolly Baksh, Winston Dublin and Vincent Teekah were killed. And not to forget Shirley Field- Ridley who died under mysterious circumstances and her body cremated.
However, on a different tangent the issue of rehabilitating the Georgetown and Vreed-en-Hoop stellings must be placed on the front burner to cater for emergencies, because the ensuing result in such circumstances could be tragic stemming from the chaos and confusion that occur,
Only a few months ago we had the experience when the Demerara Harbour Bridge had developed problems.
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