PNCR WPA ROAR Thursday, June 24, 2004

At a meeting of June 24, 2004, representatives of the Opposition Parties in the National Assembly (PNCR, WPA, ROAR) examined the known circumstances surrounding the execution of George Bacchus at his Princess Street home in the early hours of this morning and considered the implications of this latest murder.

The Parties agreed that the ruthless silencing of Bacchus has moved the death squad issue to a new and dangerous level and reinforced their view that a Commission of Inquiry that did not, as a minimum, ensure the safety of witnesses would be little or more than a farce.

It must be said that under all the existing circumstances and particularly following the statements of Bacchus aired on television, the failure of the police authorities to provide protection to this key witness is remarkable and cries out for explanation. Representatives at the meeting were also of the view that had the Government moved expeditiously to establish a credible commission that conformed to international standards, this murder might have been prevented.

The Opposition Parliamentary Parties call on the people of Guyana and the international community to take note of the rapid degeneration as the country slides further and further into chaos and state failure.

Thursday, June 24, 2004