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The Mayor of Georgetown is today answering charges in Guyana’s courts because he dared to ask a tough question. The question for which he sought answers was whether Guyana was becoming an antidemocratic muslim state. We have the answer to at least one part of the question. Yes, Guyana is rapidly descending into an authoritarian state, where critics of the government are arrested, ostracized, undermined, pushed to emigrate and sought out for economic destruction.
For the second part of his question and the one that drives fear into the hearts of the PPP rank and file membership requires a bit more analysis. Questions are already being posed in the letter section of the newspaper and on social media as to whether the President’s muslim friends are being given preferential access to opportunity. Such a question is so ironic because no one ever bothered to ask whether the Hindu friends of previous governments have been given unfair access to opportunity in the past 25 years. “do suh na like suh”.
The truth that everyone knows but no one wants to face is that Guyana has been too often led by corrupt men and women and as long as citizens continue to embrace government thievery, corruption and brutality with silence, everyone of the regular people– Hindu, Muslim, Christian, African, Indigenous, etc, will end up living under the heavy and abusive hand of a police controlled state.
Many people believe they will be able to run away to the United States after supporting government kleptocracy for years, however with tightening US immigration policies on the horizon, many of these plans may not come to fruition. Holding governments accountable is the only effective strategy for a fair, just and productive Guyana.