Jagdeo says PPP will keep up protests until President gives elections date

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Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo Thursday said that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will continue to target President David Granger with protest after forcing him through an alternative route to get into the Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown at noon.

The President arrived at the venue to speak at an event organised by the Guyana Manufacturers and Services Association (GMSA) and was met by a vociferous crowd, forcing him away from the hotel’s main entrance. His security team then whisked him into the conference room at the hotel through another entrance.

“He must keep going through backdoors and kitchens,” Jagdeo said at a press conference at his Church Street, Georgetown office.

PPP protesters outside the Pegaus Hotel Thursday [PPP photo]
The President was interrupted at the start of his speech by PPP Parliamentarians Juan Edgehill, Nigel Dharamalall and others.

The President had said he survived “hooliganism” to get to the venue and it was then that the protest in the conference room erupted.

Once the protesters left, the President said he hoped the intellectual authors could stop what they started.

Jagdeo, speaking at the press conference, said he viewed the President’s statement as a threat. But he said the President didn’t have to wonder about the intellectual authors of the protest. It was the PPP, Jagdeo declared.

The Opposition Leader said he was disappointed with the end-February date proposed by the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission. The President now has to name a specific date.

“We will keep this (protests) up until he names the date.”

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