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In a distressing turn of events, Guyanese authorities executed a disruptive operation under the cover of darkness, tearing down homes and leaving families displaced along the Linden Soesdyke Highway. The scene turned even more harrowing as peaceful protestors demanding justice were met with an excessive and disproportionate display of violence. The aftermath has left women with infants and a staggering 43 children homeless, their lives shattered in an instant. It should be noted that many of these residents have applied for land titles as long as 15 years ago, but the PPP government has given the land to an investor.
Eyewitnesses recount the heart-wrenching scenes as they watched the destruction unfold. “I witnessed the arrival of a fleet of machines, removing every single belonging of these hardworking people who had left for work,” expressed Dan, a resident of the area. “Now they bring in squads, inflicting more pain. This recurring cycle of suffering is what they comprehend. It is truly heartbreaking. We continue to live in this state of ignorance, where the government parties, oblivious to the plight of its citizens, while the children wonder where they will find shelter tonight amidst the rubble of their homes.”
The underlying motive behind this devastating displacement is the allocation of the land to an investor. However, the question arises: What right-minded investor would invest in a country marred by such turmoil? Guyana, once a land of promise, now stands as a simmering volcano on the brink of eruption.
This tragic incident sheds light on the troubling strategy employed by the ruling party, the PPP (People’s Progressive Party) – a strategy of “abuse and wait.” The PPP has displayed a disheartening lack of regard for the opinions of the people of Guyana, the opposition, commentators, and even the diplomatic community. Their relentless pursuit of personal gain is fueled by a belief that the impoverished population is solely responsible for their own circumstances. Yet, they conveniently overlook their core responsibilities as a government – to build infrastructure, provide essential services like clean water, ensure quality education for children, and deliver adequate healthcare. One bystander asked the question, “how are people supposed to build a good life for themselves when the government has not provided the infrastructure upon which the masses will be able to build?”
As the dust settles on this demolished community, the nation awaits feedback from the government regarding why they have yet again moved to demolish homes as they did in Mocha. Another bystander stated, “let us remember that the strength of a nation lies in the compassion and support its citizens offer each other. “