PRESS RELEASE LINDEN SHUT DOWN IN DAY OF PROTEST AGAINST ELECTRICITY INCREASES Friday, June 20, 2008



The entire Town of Linden ground to a halt yesterday as residents joined in a day of protest against the almost 1000% increased electricity charges from July 1, 2008. All businesses were closed and the boat services, taxis and mini buses ceased working in support of the activity. From as early as 6:00 AM in the morning, streets on the West Bank were blocked by objects and by 11:00 AM the Wismar/Mackenzie Bridge was blocked.

Only pedestrians could cross as vehicles from the logging and mining sectors, passenger vehicles from Mahdia and Rupununi were forced to remain on the West Bank. By 2:00 PM two massive marches commenced on both Banks of the river from Amelia’s Ward and Section C, Christianburg respectively.

The rally that should have been held at the Mackenzie bus park had to be relocated at the Bridge site because of the blockage at the bridge. The after-march rally commenced at 5:00 PM and was addressed by several Linden Leaders and the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Robert Corbin. Residents at the rally demanded that Government Leaders visit the area to hold discussions on the proposed increases, which they consider unconscionable. Under the proposed regime of increases a resident consuming 300 kilowatts of electricity, which would have cost some $1,700.00 (seventeen hundred dollars) would now have to pay in excess of 11,000.00 (eleven thousand dollars) under the proposed increases, situation which is considered unreasonable. On to 8:00 PM, the Bridge remained blocked and impassable to vehicular traffic and it is uncertain when the situation will return to normal since the angry residents vowed to remain there until some responsible person from the Government give them the assurance that the draconian increases will be reviewed.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana.
Friday, June 20, 2008