Guyanese have lost the right to protect and defend their life and property

first_imgDear Editor,There were two news items in our media that have caused serious concern and vexation in our society – a 56-year-old contractor stabbed and killed a bandit who attacked and tried to rob him of his caged bird. The man was brought before the court and charged with manslaughter and placed on $250,000 bail. It was well reported in every section of the media about this man doing everything humanly possible to escape the pursuit of his attacker whose intention was to rob and kill him.The instinct of fight or flight kicked in and by some stroke of luck, the elder man managed to save his own life by killing the robber. The other incident to mention is the “Pearl Store Owner” who shot and killed one of several bandits that attempted to rob him. These two incidents have two issues in common, robbery with violence with intent to kill and the right to protect one’s life.It is noticeable for quite some time that the hard working people of this country have lost that right to protect and defend their life and property. Evidence of this loss was clearly expressed in both cases mentioned above.These bandits are often being described as quiet church boys who were wrongfully accused whenever caught.  It is heart-wrenching to hear my fellow citizens, especially women, in anguish begging the question; what have we become in this country? Are we to watch criminals take our hard earning and do nothing? Are we to become the sitting ducks to be slaughtered by these bandits? Bandits, thieves and looters have been emboldened in recent time and with more right to ploy their criminality as seen in many instances.Many robbery victims continue to suffer two or more times. They often cut their losses, bury their dead and bitterly struggle to continue surviving. These two men who were supposed to be commended for their bravery and courage were instead charged for manslaughter and murder respectively.  Their only guilt was wanting to save their own lives.The very law that was supposed to protect the law-abiding people of this country have clearly taken the side of criminals.The two cases mentioned above are just examples of hundreds of other cases. These two cases have generated some amount of fear and uneasiness to the extent that many quiet and easy-going persons screaming in anger. Where are we heading in this country is the popular cry.I wish every right thinking Guyanese must raise their voice against injustices meted out to these two gentlemen and all those who have suffered similar fates.As former President Hugh Desmond Hoyte once said, “You have a God-given right to defend and protect your life and property against any aggressor”.Today we have been witnessing more violations of that God-given right.Yours sincerely,C Woolfordlast_img read more


first_imgThe closure of a well-known shop in Donegal Town is another indication of this government’s failure of the domestic economy in Donegal and throughout the country says Independent Deputy Thomas Pringle.Mary’s of Donegal pulled down the shutters for the last time this week.‘This is a savage blow for the staff and community in Donegal Town and the loss of the sixteen jobs in Marys will be hard felt all across the community. This government has totally neglected the domestic economy and the constant refrain of an export led recovery rings hollow for the staff and community in Donegal Town’ continues Pringle. ‘Where are the commitments to end upward only rent reviews and reforms that assist businesses that this government promised’ asks Pringle.‘These changes may not have helped in the situation Marys has found itself but they could have helped to return confidence to the local economy and encourage people to continue on and shown that the government has the interests of the local people at heart. We can see what an export led recovery means for Donegal when only 28 of the 6,500 jobs created by the IDA are in the North West’ said Pringle.‘The government has totally refused to provide any stimulus to job creation other than increasing the numbers on CE schemes. We need more than that from the people who are charged with the recovery of the economy.“They could have used Budget 2013 to introduce a part-time work initiative that would have provided 100,000 places for long term unemployed, supported the creative economy in the North West that has the potential to create up to 18000 jobs in the next five years and provide additional capital spending that will create jobs and improve the conditions for future job creation in the country. Instead the government attacks those that can least afford it and removes billions of Euros from the economy in a policy that even the IMF have said has failed’ continued Pringle. “All across Donegal retail premises are lying empty and more and more small businesses are considering their future and the government does nothing. When will they take action and stop the decimation of our communities through unemployment, stagnation and emigration?’ asks Pringle.“What we need is a government that puts its people and citizens at the heart of decision making and not the FG/Labour coalition that is more interested in pleasing the ECB and Europe than protecting it’s citizens,”concluded Pringle. TD SAYS CLOSURE OF FAMOUS DONEGAL SHOP INDICATIVE OF GOVERNMENT FAILURE was last modified: January 11th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:TD SAYS CLOSURE OF FAMOUS DONEGAL SHOP INDICATIVE OF GOVERNMENT FAILURElast_img read more