Harmon calls for Guyana Police Force to cease and desist from inciting and intimidating Belladrum residents
The Guyana Police Force has this evening transformed the peaceful West Coast Berbice village of Belladrum into a virtual war zone.
Presumptive Leader of the APNU+AFC Opposition Joseph Harmon has issued and urgent and immediate call on the Guyana Police Force to immediately cease and desist from inciting and intimidating the peaceful residents of Belladrum.
Specifically, Mr. Harmon calls on Commander Cooper, Deputy Commander Mandal and Sergeant Mc Donald and all other officers and ranks who have occupied the village to stand down with immediate effect.
Reports from the village are that heavily armed police in full riot gear have taken up positions at virtually every corner of the village and residents are frightened and fearful by their alarming and sudden presence.
“It would appear as though Guyana has descended into a police state, no murder or major crime has been committed in Belladrum, why are the police targeting this village?” Mr Harmon said.
“Our supporters and the residents of Belladrum are frightened tonight as a result of this massive police presence in the village without any explanation or warning whatsoever,” Harmon added.
“There is absolutely no need whatsoever for this excessive action by the police, it is clearly designed to incite and intimidate and we will not tolerate it,” Harmon declared.
Residents of Belladrum yesterday staged a peaceful, socially distanced protest calling public attention to the mistreatment of GECOM Returning Officer Clairmont Mingo who has been in police custody for several days and who the High Court ordered released today. The Guyana Police Force has disregarded the order of the court and has kept Mr. Mingo in custody beyond the legally permitted 72 hours. The APNU+AFC also demands the immediate release of Mr. Mingo from police custody.
“The civil liberties and the constitutional rights of citizens are being trampled and abused by the Guyana Police Force which has clearly reverted to being a political tool of persecution for the fraudulent and illegitimate PPP regime, the likes of which was the case prior to 2015,” Harmon observed