The 171st Anniversary of the Emancipation of Slaves in the English Speaking Caribbean and Guyana, finds this nation on the brink of possibly its worst crisis in its post independence history. For there have been explosive revelations in a Court of Law in New York which suggest that the PPP/C Government is directly implicated in criminal activities. This revelation merely confirms the true nature of the Jagdeo Administration and what a threat it represents to human freedom and dignity. In these circumstances, and in view of the fact that the nation is economically strapped, racially divided and without a sense of hope and purpose, many of our citizens are inclined to despair.

The People’s National Congress Reform, however, submits that such despair would be misplaced. All that the Guyanese nation has to do is to emulate the example of our African ancestors. They were kidnapped and brought here, their dignity and freedom denied and suspended. Yet they never gave in. They never gave up hope, so they constantly fought and eventually succeeded in overcoming the evil institution of slavery.

Beginning in 1763 and later on in 1823 they struck powerful blows against the most inhumane system ever devised by man. Many historians have concluded that after 1823 slavery could not survive in Guyana. And so it was that by 1834, this abominable system came to an end.

To our African ancestors, however, freedom was not an end in itself, it was an opportunity to build and create. To this end they bought villages, humanised the physical landscape of Guyana, educated themselves and made themselves ready for the challenges of building a decent and civilised society. In these terms, all Guyanese should be grateful to our African ancestors who have played such an important role in a variety of fields, and, in so doing made significant contributions to the development of our society and nation.

The PNCR therefore urges the Guyanese people to be resilient and not be overcome by challenges which beset us. Let us take a leaf out of the book of our African ancestors and continue to struggle against the injustices and the tyranny of the present rulers so as to maintain our human dignity and freedom and the right to develop this nation in peace and harmony.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana
Friday 31 July 2009