The People's National Congress Reform condemns the recent action by two policemen who invaded its meeting on August 14, 2007 at Back Circle, East Ruimveldt, discharged a round into the air, provoked confusion among the residents attending the meeting, and arrested a young man wearing a dreadlock hairstyle. The actions of these individuals have serious implications for the stability and good order of this society. The PNCR has therefore written the Commissioner of Police, Henry Greene demanding that the matter be investigated and those responsible appropriately punished.

For the public record the PNCR wishes to recount the events surrounding the incident on August 14, 2007 at Back Circle, East Ruimveldt.

The PNCR, as part of its programme to attract public attention to issues affecting the Guyanese people has been holding a series of public meetings around the country. One such meeting was held at Back Circle, East Ruimveldt on the date in question which was addressed by Messrs. Winston Murray, Clement Corlette and Christopher Jones. Also present were Ms. Denise Miller and Ms. Joan Baveghems. The meeting began at 6:00 pm and at approximately 6:45 pm an open back vehicle, blue and white in colour, with Police markings, which had been seen circling the area, headed east on the Back Circle and pulled up ten yards from where the meeting was being held.

Two men were in the front while two were in the tray of the vehicle. Immediately afterwards two of the men, dressed in Police uniforms and wearing bullet proof vests, emerged from the vehicle and made their way to the eastern side of the speaker’s platform and discharged a round. As you would expect, confusion swept through the crowd. The two armed policemen then went after a young man wearing the dreadlocks hairstyle, snatched him and threw him into the vehicle. The vehicle then sped away.

The PNCR cannot allow its meetings, for which permission has been obtained to be disrupted unlawfully by anyone, including members of the Police Force. Action of this nature can only provoke a response which is likely to increase the tension already evident in the society and provoke consequences which can undermine the security and stability of this society.

People's National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana
Thursday, August 16, 2007