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Passengers, drivers robbed and beaten at Hopetown


– vehicles damaged
– shots fired by police to disperse the crowd

A taxi driver from Bath Settlement was last evening attacked by persons protesting along the Hopetown Public Road. The young man, who requested anonymity, disclosed that he had passengers in his car and was trying to maneuver his way pass the protesters when he was attacked by a group of men who assaulted him and robbed his passengers.

The taxi driver after he was hit with the electric cord.

Vehicles were damaged and persons assaulted by some protesters yesterday.

According to the 28-year-old man, “they robbed one of my passengers of his phone and wallet and they were trying to rob a female passenger of her bag.” He stated that he attempted to intervene to prevent his passengers from being harassed and robbed but was dealt with several lashes across his back with an electrical cord by two of the men.

“They lash me three times across my back and I rushed to the car and drove away,” he said.
The man said that he was heading back to his taxi base at Bush lot when the incident occurred.
Meanwhile, another resident from Fyrish Village, Corentyne, Berbice who was caught in the traffic was reportedly beaten as well. A truck driver of Kiltern Village was also attacked as he was making his way back to Region 6.

Meanwhile, the public relations department of the Guyana Police Force in a statement yesterday urged that persons engaged in protest action to exercise calm as efforts are made to “continue with intensity to investigate this crime and bring the perpetrators to justice”.

According to the police, they are in receipt of several reports of robberies being perpetrated on several innocent citizens, “acts which the Force takes seriously”. They further stated that “when protest action degenerates into unlawful acts, infringing on the rights of other citizens and putting the protection of life and the safeguard of property at risk, the GPF will consequently take the appropriate action against perpetrators”.

Residents reported that the police fired pellets and teargas to disperse the crowd at Hopetown after reports of them robbing and harassing drivers and passengers.

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@Former Member posted:

It is alleged that GNI condones the beating of Indians and fuel the racial strife in Guyana. Solve crime by committing crimes is the norm of the day.

Did you get this from a guy name Sean ? He alleged this some time ago. 

@Former Member posted:

It is alleged that GNI condones the beating of Indians and fuel the racial strife in Guyana. Solve crime by committing crimes is the norm of the day.

Is it Tom, Sean, Yugi, .... voices in your head? 

You are displaying a dissociative personality disorder that is characterized by the presence of two or more distinct and complex identities or personality states each of which becomes dominant and controls behavior from time to time to the exclusion of the others. 

@Mitwah posted:

Is it Tom, Sean, Yugi, .... voices in your head? 

You are displaying a dissociative personality disorder that is characterized by the presence of two or more distinct and complex identities or personality states each of which becomes dominant and controls behavior from time to time to the exclusion of the others. 

WOW !! Did all dat describe Tom, Sean, Yugi, or voices in their heads ? 

This grieving father has put Granger to shame. While Granger lit the fire yesterday, this father is asking protestors to not harm persons and properties in his child's name. Shame on Granger and Harmon.

  • Father of Isaiah says he doesn’t support race-baiting protest, attacks on East Indians

Father of Isaiah says he doesn’t support race-baiting protest, attacks on East Indians

 
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“I am not racist, I still love my Indian brothers and sisters,” were the words of Gladson Henry, the father of murdered Berbice teen Isaiah Henry, 16, and cousin of Joel Henry, 19, as he appealed for the protests calling for justice for his son’s murder to remain peaceful.

Henry was speaking just after witnessing the Post Mortem Examination of the two boys; Wednesday marks four days since protest erupted along the West Coast of Berbice and spread to several parts of the country.

While the Police investigation is still ongoing with no clear motive as yet for the gruesome murders, demonstrators have regarded it as a hate crime, fuelled by race.

But the grieving elder Henry doesn’t seem to fully agree with the turn of events in the protest action which have seen attacks on persons of East Indian descent, damage of property, robberies and fire set to vehicles, houses and businesses.

Protest action at No. 1 Road, Corentyne, Berbice

“I am not supporting unmoral protesting… if you want to protest, which is your right, you must do it peacefully and in doing it peacefully we cannot be fighting against one another,” the father added.

He said neither himself nor his son was racial and even in the aftermath of his son’s death, he holds no ill will against any race but only wants the perpetrators of the crime to be brought to justice, regardless of ethnicity.

“The person that commit the act should pay for the crime, don’t attack people because of their race,” he noted.

“I am not a racial person. I born in #3 [Village] and I live among Indian people, we eat together, we sleep together; the majority of my friends is Indian friends and because of how I was moving they give me a nickname, and that nickname is geerah and the meaning of geerah is that they come up with is because geerah have to go in the dhall and the majority of friends is Indian,” he explained.

Dead: Isaiah and Joel Henry

He said his now dead son also had a lot of East Indian friends.

“Let’s not see this thing as black or white or Chinese because if a black man had done this and it wasn’t my family, I believe in my heart that he will have to pay the penalty.”

The Police are investigating reports of illegal activity committed on innocent passersby during the protest action, including reports of armed robberies.

The battered bodies of the boys were discovered on Sunday last in Cotton Tree, West Coast Berbice. Seven persons remain in custody over the brutal murders.

The killers carved out a huge ‘X’ on Isaiah’s head while they cut open Joel’s chest. The boys resided at Number 3 Village, West Coast Berbice.

They were last seen alive on September 5 when they left to go into the backdam to pick coconuts.

@Mitwah posted:

The PPP could not be bothered. They are too busy with the budget and talking about GDP. 

They were doing their jobs. 

You are so vain.  This is the party you supported and now they are killing your people. 

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