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The Guyana Police Force’s Office of Professional Responsibility is currently investigating an incident following a social media post whereby ranks of the Police Force’s Regional Division 4’C’ allegedly followed the leader of the Opposition, Mr. Aubrey Norton on June 13th, 2022 after a visit he made at Golden Grove market street, East Coast Demerara.
The statement comes following condemnation of the police action and even Home Affairs Minister, Robeson Benn describing it as unnecessary and untidy. The North America Region (NAR) of the PNCR had condemned the misuse of the authority vested in the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to attempt to intimidate the Opposition Leader of Guyana, Mr., Aubrey Norton on June 13, 2022, in Guyana. The scene of Mr. Norton stopping to enquire why he was being followed by two members of the GPF on motorcycles was quite disconcerting.
It is of profound concern of Guyanese in the diaspora to see members of the GPF violating the constitution of Guyana by choosing to follow the nation’s Opposition Leader while on official and legitimate business of the people. The image of police officers so close to the person of the Opposition Leader must not go unnoticed. It is evident that the GPF is being used to carry out illegitimate orders of their leaders which violates the rights of the citizens of Guyana. These practices are dictatorial with the sole intent is to drive fear in its citizenry.
Further, Guyanese in the diaspora note with great concern, the frequent use of the GPF to photograph individuals on picket lines/protests. This practice sends chills down the spine of those of us who enjoy a greater level of freedom of speech in a foreign country. Individuals once photographed are then tormented and even fired by members of the PPP/c Oligarchy.
The NAR calls upon all peace-loving citizens of the world to condemn these acts of tyranny, acts intended to violate the rights of Guyanese citizens denying them freedom of speech in a country that is openly violating human rights afforded to every individual in a free world.
The NAR further calls on the PPP/c government to respect the office of the Leader of the Opposition and the person holding that office, Mr. Aubrey Norton. The PPP/c government must cease forthwith its action intended to intimidate and silence the opposition.