PRESS STATEMENT JAGDEO PICKETED IN NEW YORK People’s National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia Georgetown, Guyana. Friday, June 20, 2008

President Jagdeo was greeted by a protest demonstration in New York yesterday, June 19, 2008, as he arrived at the Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street in the busy downtown Brooklyn New York area. The event was a Heads of Government Breakfast for leaders of CARICOM from 8:00AM - 9:30AM hosted by Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz and Congressman Charles Rangel, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee in the US Congress.

The vocal picketing demonstration was carried out by a group of concerned Guyanese including members of the PNCR groups in New York and New Jersey and also attracted a large curious crowd of New Yorkers. Speaking to the media, a spokesperson for the organizers stated that the objective of the exercise was to highlight major issues affecting the citizens of Guyana including, but not limited to, the 16% V.A.T, human rights violations and torture of citizens by the Army and Police, the spiraling crime situation, incarceration of political prisoner Oliver Hinckson, state sponsored murder of over 200 citizens, Government sponsored narco trade, the Roger Khan issue, and the suspension of CNS TV 6 license among others. The group claimed that they were fed up with the inaction of President Jagdeo on these matters, his misrepresentation of these matters when he visits abroad and the rising dictatorship in Guyana.

The Group stated that they had received the required permission and full co-operation from the New York Police Department to carry out their picketing demonstration and that another was planned for today, June 20, 2008, at York College Of Performing Arts Center, 94-45 Guy Brewer Blvd. in Jamaica NY from 5:15PM. Jagdeo is expected to participate in a DIASPORA FORUM. Attendees at this public forum are expected to include, the Heads of CARICOM Government, Consular Corps, Secretary General of CARICOM, Director General of OECS, President of the CDB, Governor of the ECCB, Vice Chancellor of UWI, CARICOM Delegations and their Ambassadors, Professor Cardinal Ward of MIT, Queens Borough President and other elected officials, Caribbean Diaspora academics, NGO’s and the general public.

It is evident that President Jagdeo who has chosen to engage in numerous trips abroad during the rising tide of marches and demonstrations in Guyana has made a reality of the Guyanese adage, “Run away from the jumbie but you meet up with the coffin”.
Photographs are attached.

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