PM to lead ministerial outreach to Buxton on Monday

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Prime Minister, Brigadier (r’ted) Mark Phillips will be leading a ministerial outreach to Buxton on the East Coast of Demerara on Monday.

The meetings are slated to commence from 10:00hrs.

Prior to the ministerial outreach, members of the Opposition had already planned to hold a protest on the Buxton Public Road.

But the Guyana Police Force in a statement on Saturday revealed that no permission was granted for the protest. The police’s statement came after a poster of the protest began circulating on social media.

“The Guyana Police Force would like to make it clear that no application was made or permission granted to hold such a protest.

“Members of the public as well as the purported organisers of such a protest are asked to be guided accordingly and obey the law,” the statement noted.

The Public Order Act states that permission is required from the police for a meeting or procession to be held in a public space.

Section 3 of the act states: “This notification must be given at least 48 hours and not more than one month prior to the date of the meeting. Once the proper procedure is used, the appropriate authorities are then able to provide protection for the protestors.”

Meanwhile, the ministerial outreach will be held at the Buxton Community Ground.

The Prime Minister will be accompanied by Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, SC; Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Oneidge Walrond: Minister of Culture Youth and Sport, Charles Ramson; Minister of Health, Dr Frank Anthony: Minister of Public Works, Juan Edghill; Minister of Housing and Water, Collin Croal; Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Nigel Dharamlall and Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister Kwame McCoy.

The East Coast corridor has been tense since last week Tuesday following a violent and fiery protest over the police killing of 23-year-old Quindon Bacchus at Haslington on June 10.

The cop, identified as Kristoff De Nobrega, remains under open arrest at the headquarters of the Tactical Services Unit (TSU) while the PCA investigates the matter.

An inaccurate media report by a facetious online entity that the cop was released from custody led to the violent protest during which vendors at the Mon Repos market were beaten and robbed.

The incident saw President Dr Irfaan Ali and several other government officials visiting and meeting residents of the affected communities over the last week.

The last visit was Saturday by the Prime Minister who met with Bacchus’ family and he assured them that justice would be served.

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