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Venezuelan soldiers open fire on GGMC officials

The Guyana Defence Force and Guyana Geology and Mines Commission  (GGMC) Monday night confirmed that mines officers from the regulatory authority earlier in the day came under fire most likely from Venezuelan soldiers in the Eteringbang area.

Commissioner of the GGMC, Newell Dennison said three officers were in a boat on routine inspections when shots were fired across the bow of the vessel. No one was injured, Dennison said.
Chief of Staff of the GDF, Brigadier Mark Phillips said “we doing confirmatory checks now.. we did get a report and we are investigating.”  Asked whether the shots were fired by Venezuelan military personnel, he said “we have no reason to disbelieve the report.”
There is political and economic unease in neighbouring Venezuela as a result of bad economic management, decline in world oil prices and the drying up of the Guri Dam which produces the bulk of Venezuela’s electricity.
Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman said he would be relying on police, GDF and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to conduct their probe and deal with the territorial issue. He said he was comforted by the fact that none of the officers,who were on a routine inspection, was hurt.
  • Col123

    Those neighbors of ours are really in a bad shape…the report is suggesting ..”.Asked whether the shits were fired by Venezuelan military personnel, he said “we have no reason to disbelieve the report.” ….OK…it is an error…. but Freddie’s take on Guyanese politics after all, may be true…. even the neighbors are throwing that stuff at us….

    • MEMES Unlimited

      Well…the army boys did not receive their annual 1 month tax free bonus from this administration, serving to exacerbate their low morale and usual laid back temperament. Maybe, this is a wake up call…to arms and to focus.