The PPP death squad murders of Afro-Guyanese from 1999 to 2011

Bharrat Jagdeo and his PPP government used Phantom death squads and murder for hire drug gangs to brutally murder and assassinate hundreds of Afro-Guyanese young men, between 1999 and 2011. During this period it was common to find dead bodies on roads sides, in trenches m, parks, car trunks and other public places. Roger Khan death squad reported directly to Jagdeo’s then Minister of National Security, Ronald Gajraj.


The entire leadership of Jagdeo’s government was involved. A United Nations investigation confirmed PPP government complicity with these murders. As then President of Guyana, Jagdeo’s resisted pressure from the international community and refused to have Gajraj and the death squads investigated. Instead, he granted Gajraj diplomatic immunity and whisked him away to be Guyana’s socalled Ambassador to India.

Now that Jagdeo and his PPP are facing a tough general election, which they cannot with without Afro-Guyanese votes, Jagdeo is suddenly promising that if the PPP wins the March 2020 elections, they will launch a Commission of Inquiry into the PPP genocide allegedly to “clear their name.” Why didn’t he investigate this pogrom in real time when he was President?


What a disgraceful scam. Guyanese, particularly Afro-Guyanese, aren’t stupid or gullible. We know a murderer when we see one. Their deeds precede them. This is precisely our thoughts when we see Jagdeo on television rambling nonsense on a daily basis. The serial murderers who perpetrated genocide against Afro-Guyanese who have the audacity to tell us they want to investigate their own crimes shall not prevail.

They’re not satisfied that they have killed our kitn and kin with impunity and have denied us justice. Now they want to perpetrate a gimmick; a comical process not to insure justice for the victims and their families, but to clear their names. How repugnant? Even dogs have more respect for us Afro-Guyanese than, Jagdeo and the PPP.


Respond By Rickford Burke

PPP may hold COI into the alleged killing of 400 black youths to clear our name – Jagdeo

Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo thinks that the government’s “reluctance” to hold a Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the alleged killing of 400 Afro-Guyanese is an attempt to keep under wraps the alleged role played by the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) during one of the darkest periods in Guyana’s post-independence history.

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Jagdeo said that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) may have to hold the inquiry to clear its name.

At his most recent engagement with the media, Jagdeo made reference to a Stabroek News article, which chronicled the number of deaths during the period February 23, 2002, to September 2006.


Zeroing in on the contents of that article, Jagdeo said that it adds some amount of clarity to what occurred during that time and, it also “debunks” the claim that during the PPP’s reign in government, it was hellbent on killing black youths.

Jagdeo said, “They would have been exposed had Granger held a Commission of Inquiry into this period, and that’s why he avoided it like a plague. They knew that they were telling a lie to people. They knew that a lot of the people in that period, who were killed were policemen and ordinary people – especially policemen and soldiers, who were confronting the bandits…It was an insurgency…Who do you think were the intellectual authors of the freedom fighters?

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Jagdeo noted that the “truth” has to come out someday, and only then will the nation have some amount of closure.

“They will not hold it (COI), we may have to hold it – the truth will come out (about) what took place in that period. And then, we will see the role people like [Winston] Felix (the former Commissioner of Police, now a government minister) and maybe some of the others, who were in the Guyana Police Force (GPF)”, said Jagdeo.


The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), while it was in opposition, would often refer to the “dark period” or the “troubled years” of Jagdeo rule when black youths were allegedly made a target. PNCR also alleged that Jagdeo and other top-ranking PPP leaders had blood on their hands. Those accusations continue today.


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