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People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) said Guyana’s 55th Independence Anniversary is being observed at a time when the country is on the cusp of unprecedented transformational development.
“The unleashing of our nation’s vast potential is within reach. Our developmental trajectory has, undoubtedly, imbued all Guyanese with a tremendous sense of optimism, pride, expectation and confidence that our individual and collective dreams and aspirations for a prosperous nation will be realized,” the PPP/C said in a statement
Extending greetings to all Guyanese, the PPP/C said since the hoisting of the Golden Arrowhead 55 years ago on May 26, 1966, the country has endured both successes and challenges.
“Our nation and its people were tested at various points, but on every occasion, despite the severity of what confronted us, our resilience and indomitable will to rise to those challenges and to forge ahead, prevailed. It is demonstrative of our resoluteness as a people to work assiduously and to sustain our efforts to build a brighter future for all,” the PPP/C stated.
It said during those 55 years, there were periods when much was achieved – a period that saw our physical and social infrastructures being transformed through sustained growth and development – and periods of regression.
“There were periods when our freedoms were suppressed and periods when they were restored. There were periods when pride was lost and periods when it returned after relentless struggles. However, throughout these times, our people never allowed hope to slip away and remained steadfast in their commitment to nation-building and the advancement of all,” it added.
It noted toot that the Independence celebration comes months after “glaring attempts to suppress freedoms and democracy.”
It said that the fact that freedom and nascent democracy were vigorously defended is testimony to Guyanese collective resolve.
“This is not dissimilar to the values of those who led the struggles and fought valiantly for Independence would have attached to breaking the shackles of colonialism. Those selfless struggles remain a revered source of inspiration and a demonstration of patriotism in guiding us to work in the best interest of our country and all of its peoples,” the PPP/C said.
It said too that as the country celebrates this independence anniversary, albeit restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to recognize the invaluable efforts of those who struggled to free Guyana from colonialism.