This is bla­tant dis­crim­i­na­tion against Lin­den/Re­gion 10

Stabroek News Sunday - - LETTERS -

Dear Ed­i­tor, Note is taken that the gov­ern­ment is mov­ing to com­mis­sion four broad­cast­ing sta­tions in four Amerindian com­mu­ni­ties. While this de­vel­op­ment is wel­come I can­not help but take note that it comes with bla­tant dis­re­gard for and de­nial of the free­doms of oth­ers, specif­i­cally the peo­ple of Lin­den/Re­gion 10 who should have had their tele­vi­sion sta­tion re­turned con­sis­tent with the 2012 Agree­ment signed with cen­tral gov­ern­ment. It seems as though the at­tacks against this com­mu­nity con­tinue un­der this gov­ern­ment.

It was one thing un­der the PPP/C ‒ marginal­i­sa­tion, class and eth­nic dis­crim­i­na­tion ‒ when we as­sumed that gov­ern­ment was vin­dic­tive be­cause Lin­den was the strong­hold of the op­po­si­tion. Lin­den­ers by their ac­tions have his­tor­i­cally demon­strated that they are pre­pared to hold any gov­ern­ment, be it the party it sup­ports or oth­ers, ac­count­able for their de­vel­op­ment. From what is taking place it is ev­i­dent the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship is out to pun­ish some and ex­pect them to grovel and com­pro­mise for their rights as oth­ers are made to feel that such will be as­sured just be­cause of who they are.

Lin­den voted over­whelm­ingly for this gov­ern­ment and gave it the priv­i­lege to sit in of­fice. These vot­ers not only stood strong be­hind the coalition but their votes made a dif­fer­ence. This gov­ern­ment is demon­strat­ing a level of pet­ti­ness and vin­dic­tive­ness that is a hang­over from the strug­gle the com­mu­nity had with the ma­jor po­lit­i­cal party in the coalition con­fig­u­ra­tion and it must stop.

Moses Nag­amootoo who ex­pressed con­cerns along his po­lit­i­cal jour­ney as a jour­nal­ist and ad­vo­cate for free­dom of the press, as min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for broad­cast­ing, is now turn­ing a blind eye to state of press free­dom in Lin­den, and is in the fore­front of car­ry­ing out the wicked and vin­dic­tive pol­icy of de­pri­va­tion. His hero Cheddi Jagan would be turn­ing in his grave. There is no rea­son to con­tinue the PPP ha­tred for Lin­den and Lin­den­ers.

The baux­ite work­ers who were de­nied jus­tice un­der the PPP con­tinue to have jus­tice de­nied un­der the coalition gov­ern­ment they voted over­whelm­ingly for. This writer along with the Guyana Trades Union Congress have also found them­selves in­cur­ring this gov­ern­ment’s wrath for dar­ing to pub­licly ad­vo­cate for the work­ing class, good gov­er­nance, re­spect for their rights and the rule of law.

This gov­ern­ment’s ac­tions are a demon­stra­tion telling this na­tion, com­mu­ni­ties and peo­ple what will hap­pen to them if they op­pose: you will for­ever be de­nied the in­vest­ment of your tax dol­lars and your rights and free­doms; you will be made to suf­fer in the ef­forts to bring you to your knees, eco­nom­i­cally, po­lit­i­cally and oth­er­wise. Africans, civil­rights minded in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions as well as the in­de­pen­dent me­dia fra­ter­nity must speak out and help to bring an end to this in­jus­tice to the Lin­den com­mu­nity or any com­mu­nity that faces a sim­i­lar fate.

So­ci­ety needs di­ver­gent views and pres­sure groups that will press gov­ern­ment for ad­vance­ment and de­vel­op­ment. Peo­ple must be able to freely ex­press their views and de­sires as­sured that they will not be vic­tim­ized be­cause of them. This is the de­vel­op­ment Guyana needs and what is hap­pen­ing now is not pro­gres­sive­ness. His­tory has taught all peo­ples that noth­ing sub­stan­tial to im­prove their liv­ing con­di­tions and ad­vance their rights will come with­out strug­gle, and in some in­stances loss of life.

I have rage about this bla­tant dis­crim­i­na­tion against Lin­den/ Re­gion 10 and ef­forts to break the back of re­sis­tance when only through such re­sis­tance has so­ci­ety achieved any­thing. In this Eman­ci­pa­tion Month Africans must once again find their re­solve and take pride in remembering and up­hold­ing the legacy of the strug­gles of their an­ces­tors for free­dom, rights and equality, and safe­guard the progress gained.

The peo­ple of Guyana who fought against sys­tems of slav­ery and in­den­ture­ship must not be cowed into fight­ing other sys­tems, groups and in­di­vid­u­als who seek to sup­press fur­ther free­doms. Shame on David Granger, shame on the APNU+AFC gov­ern­ment, shame on Moses Nag­amootoo, shame on those who re­main silent in so­ci­ety in the pres­ence of the con­tin­u­a­tion of in­jus­tice com­mit­ted against the peo­ple of Guyana. Shame. Yours faith­fully, Lin­coln Lewis

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