Guyana Police Killings Prompt Calls for Inquiry

GUYANA - The shooting to death by police of three unarmed protestors in Guyana’s Mining town of Linden on Wednesday has prompted widespread calls for a government inquiry into the incident.

The three shooting victims were part of a large demonstration protesting a 50 percent increase in electricity rates.

Calling for a commission of inquiry into the shooting, Rickford Burke, president of the New York-based Caribbean Guyana institute for democracy (CGID), said, “these killings are a wanton slaughter of African-Guyanese by Guyana police. The peoples of the caribbean region must express outrage at these killings and solidarity with the black population in Guyana.”

The police have issued a statement calling for calm and the government on Thursday announced that the military has been called out to patrol the town.

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