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Tuesday, May 02, 2006
As we continue killing ourselves…

KINDLY allow me the space in your column to comment on some of the most degrading issues our little, lovely country is facing at present, both on the local scene, in the Caribbean and in North America and Europe.

At first I must state that international exposure is good for any country, which is trying to develop financially, but when that exposure is over one-hundred percent in the negative, it will be totally impossible for that country to see any progressive strides, the only thing it will experience, is retrogressive leaps.

In recent years, and to be more exact, in the past five years, Guyana’s rich mineral and human resources have been placed on the back burner of its rich potentials. Its Gold, Bauxite, Manganese, Sugar, Rice, Timber, fun-loving, friendly and hard-working inhabitants are not making the headlines or news, whether it be local or foreign. What is making the news on a daily basis, is the country’s leap into the forefront, for its extra-judicial, drug-related and revengeful killing of Guyanese by their own country-men, whether they be Africans, East Indians or any of the other race inhabiting our lovely country, once revered as one of the most, if not the most friendliest countries in the Caribbean.

Mr. Editor, in a recent issue of the Kaieteur News, the GCCI made an outright call for the resignation of the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Winston Felix. If my memory takes me back correctly, more than once, I wrote articles in the various news media in Guyana and in those articles, I made some serious comments about the spate of wanton extra judicial killings, by the now infamous Phantom Squad that was bent on proving that they were the deciders of man’s destiny in Guyana. Nobody called for the resignation of whoever was/were responsible for these killings.

When I made my comments, I specifically indicated that if we allow and condone these types of behaviors, it simply means that we are going back to the prehistoric, barbaric days of the Stone Age, when the doctrine of An Eye for An Eye was accepted as the norm of the day, when there were no constitutionally appointed legal system, so the only answer to a killing was another killing. Even in the days of the Wild West, with Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, Ok Corral and all the others, there were some sort of Judicial System in place, even though the trials could have been seen as certain hanging for a killing, it could have been justified that the perpetrator/s had been passed through some sort of judicial process, before they were hanged.

Fast forward to the Guyana situation/s dating back about three or four years ago. According to reports, there was a questionable jailbreak, from the Georgetown Prison, where two innocent Prison Officers were shot, one killed and one seriously disfigured for life. After the famous escape, all hell broke loose; persons were executed in the most horrendous manner ever witnessed in Guyana, after the memorable eighty days racial strike during the sixties. Decapitated bodies, burnt bodies, bullet riddled bodies and I could go on and on naming the various ways in which Guyanese brothers and sisters were ruthlessly slaughtered.

The perpetrators of these crimes were really never brought to justice and tried by a legal tribunal, which has been in existence in Guyana, since time forgotten.

Here came the arrival of a so-called Phantom Squad.

At the same time, there was the emergence of many major drug trafficking cartels, with links to their Colombian counterparts, many of them, operating under the cover of legitimate business men, who, to shade their deadly and murderous trade, were known to have been offering financial support to many government institutions and because of those contributions, were actually given the green light, to ply their murderous and barbaric trade untouched.

In my articles about these bastardly acts, I was bombarded my many of the ruling party literary supporters, who insinuated that because I was safe from harm in the United States of America, I was not savvy about the perils of my countrymen, who were living and experiencing the dangers and violence on an everyday basis.

They in turn were condoning the acts of this phantom gang, which bore the resemblance to the now incapacitated Tontons Macoute, death squad, which was associated with the murderous Papa Doc of Haiti.

The rationale which was being espoused at the time was that the criminals, who were supposed to be in the separate State of Buxton, could not be controlled, arrested and brought to justice by the Guyana Police Force, which is the legal body, entrusted with that authority in Guyana. So it was only morally, correct, (according to them) that the death squad perform these nefarious acts.

Recently, the Minister of Agriculture and members of his family, not to forget his security guard, (who was placed to protect life and property, without a firearm, how ridiculous) were executed in the most inhumane manner, which is totally inexplicable, and there are outcries for revenge, even from the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces and President of Guyana, Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo, who claimed , while offering condolences for the Minister, that those responsible for the bastardly acts against a Statesman will meet their end in the same manner.

These types of remarks by a head of state is reprehensible and Mr. Jagdeo needs to withdraw his comments, for fear of further festering chaos among a now restive Guyanese population, who are synonymous to persons sitting on a keg of dynamite.

Another great problem, which the Government either directly or indirectly keeps elevating on a daily basis, is their martyrdom of the little, miniscule village of Buxton, which has always been in the forefront of the revolution, fighting for what they believe is rightly theirs and should be afforded them.

What I think, and would like to suggest, as I close my litany, is that the Government should start looking at the serious socio-economic conditions in Guyana, start providing opportunities for all Guyanese, irrespective of their race, colour, creed or political persuasions.

One simple solution, although it may seem miniscule, is for the Internal Revenue Department to start auditing the drug barons and let them give financial account for the acquisition of all their wealth.

I shall now close my litany and do hope that you find it fit to print it, although it may ruffle some major feathers, but I feel this is the only way things will change in Guyana, unless we appreciate an Iraqi situation developing in Guyana, a direction in which it seems we are certainly heading.

Dr. Aubrey Gill

Guyana Chronicle