PRESS RELEASE People’s National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia Georgetown, Guyana. June 23, 2008

For the second consecutive day, Friday, June 20, 2008, President Jagdeo was greeted by protesters, this time it was at York College Performing Arts Center, 94-45 Guy Brewer Blvd. in Jamaica New York, the venue for the DIASPORA FORUM.

In attendance were several elected officials including Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, the Heads of CARICOM Government, Consular Corps, Secretary General of CARICOM, Director General of OECS, President CDB, Governor ECCB and Vice Chancellor of UWI, CARICOM Delegations Ambassadors, Professor Cardinal Ward of MIT, Queens Borough President and other elected officials, Caribbean Diaspora, academics, NGO’s and the general public.

Unlike other dignitaries who chose to arrive by limousine and secret service escorts through the main entrance to the venue, the Guyana Head of State chose to enter the venue through an alternative entrance on foot like any ordinary citizen. He was seen scampering across Guy Brewer Blvd through busy traffic while dodging the protesters. It was a satirical sight as curious onlookers and members of the press saw the Guyanese President play ‘hide and seek’ reminiscent of his boyhood days. Later in the Forum President Jagdeo continued to dodge questions from the protesters. When asked about the allegations in the media and other sources about his relationship with Roger Khan and the worrying signs of illiteracy in Guyana, he resorted to the usual blame game and went on to thrash the US government and the PNCR for the Roger Khan saga and current education dilemma in Guyana respectively. His usual arrogance and posturing was the hallmark of his discourse and response and it left many attendees wondering whether the Head of State is serious about resolving the current issues in Guyana.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana.
Friday, June 20, 2008
June 23, 2008