President’s office condemns protests at Pegasus Hotel

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The Ministry of the Presidency has taken note of the hooliganism and thuggery displayed by the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and its supporters and associates, on Thursday, September 19 2019, outside and inside the Pegasus Hotel, where President David Granger was the guest speaker at the annual Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association’s business luncheon.

The lawlessness exhibited is not akin to a democratic political protest, but rather was a display of gross disrespect for the President, his Office, the Government and the occasion that was being held at the time.

Peaceful and civilised protest action is common in any democracy, but it becomes a sign of worry when a Presidential Candidate and a former President, who is a constitutional office holder, seek to incite violence against the sitting Head of State and Ministers of the Government, during the execution of their official duties.

PPP protestors block a Government vehicle from entering the Pegasus Hotel (PPP photo)

The events of Thursday goes against our country’s Social Cohesion agenda and serve as a reminder that we have to safeguard our democracy.

Holding the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Karen Cummings hostage in her vehicle for over half an hour and blocking the smooth ingress of Minister of Public Infrastructure, Mr David Patterson, all while hurling threatening and foul remarks, are entirely unacceptable and should also be condemned by all right-thinking Guyanese.

The President assures all Guyanese that every lawful measure will be taken to guarantee the safety of Ministers of Government and to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the country.

Protestors were led by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo (PPP photo)

The Opposition’s undemocratic behaviour and its continuous threats to peace and stability has no place in this society and will not be tolerated.

The President is committed to holding credible elections in the earliest time possible, in keeping with the provisions of the Constitution and based on the guidance given by the Guyana Elections Commission. (Ministry of the Presidency)

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