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Essequibo protest gets fiery; farmers block roads demanding payment

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Unpaid/disgruntled Rice farmers burning on the Essequibo Coast.
Unpaid/disgruntled Rice farmers burning on the Essequibo Coast.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Rice farmers in Essequibo continued their protest last night for late payment, as they took to the streets burning tyres and other debris.

The farmers also blocked the road at Three Friends Village with their tractors and trailers. iNews understands that Regional Chairman, Parmanand Persaud was escorted by the Police to the scene and pleaded with the farmers to cease their protest.

However, his pleas were rejected. The farmers have been protesting for sometime now about being paid late by millers.

Earlier in the day, scores of rice farmers led by Alliance For Change [AFC] Councillor on the Region Two Democratic council Mr. Naithram protested at Anna Regina.

Farmers, who were armed with placards, marched along the public road in the commercial center of the Town to press their demands for payments.

The protest, which started last week in the Town attracted more farmers this week with several women calling on millers to pay them now for their produce.

The march also included a handmade farmer hanging from a rope around his neck to indicate that farmers are committing suicide because of the current payment problems. The message of suicide was demonstrated to the public via the hanged dummy on a tractor drawn trailer.

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