Leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) condemned the attacks on people in Suriname after massive protests against the rising cost of living in the country’s capital, Paramaribo, on Friday.
Since then, the capital city has been placed under a 6PM to 6AM curfew and business owners have been advised to close their premises.
See below the full statement from CARICOM issued after the recently concluded Heads of Government meeting in the Bahamas:
CARICOM Heads of Government received a report from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Business and International Cooperation of Suriname on the ongoing disturbances in that country.
CARICOM reaffirms its support for the democratically elected Government of Suriname under the leadership of President Chandrikapersad Santokhi.
The Heads of Government took note of the unfolding situation in Suriname and strongly condemned the violent attacks on people as well as private and public facilities including the parliament. They recognized the right to freedom of expression, and the right to peaceful protest but expressed the view that there can be no excuse for the use of violence in any type of demonstration. They affirmed that these actions only serve to undermine the rule of law and the stability of democracies. Furthermore, they threaten the lives and livelihoods of our citizens and are inimical to the interest of our population.
CARICOM stands in solidarity with all law abiding citizens of Suriname and urges all concerned to make every effort to maintain public safety. All efforts must be made to restore calm as a matter of urgency.