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“Vigilantism” will not be tolerated- Pres. Granger, following recent shooting death, beating of suspects

President David Granger Sunday night said ‘vigilantism’  would not be tolerated, in the wake of the beating of three suspected bandits and the killing of another in two separate incidents in recent days.

“We can’t tolerate that. We accept that citizens have a right to protect their property and so on and we expect people to be organised in CPGs – the Community Policing Groups- but we can’t tolerate vigilantism especially when it results in the injury or death of anybody,”  he said.

The Guyanese leader, who is a former member of the Disciplined Services Commission (DFC), told reporters that such a situation “can get out of hand”.

Divisional Commander for Georgetown and East Bank Demerara, Assistant Commissioner Marlon Chapman told Demerara Waves Online News Sunday night that police were still searching for the suspects who shot dead a man and beat another man who were both seen acting in a suspicious manner in a shop at Johanna, East Bank Demerara on Saturday afternoon.

Two bandits were also caught and beaten by North Ruimveldt residents after they attempted to rob a barber of his gold chain. One .32 pistol and several matching rounds were discovered at the scene.

In the latest incident , police said the men fled into nearby bushes after the grocer raised an alarm. They later surfaced at Pearl Village, East Bank Demerara at about 11:30 Saturday night when one of them was shot dead and another was beaten, treated at the Georgetown Hospital and released into the custody of police.

Dead is 21-year old Seon “Cash Money” Clarke of Old Road, Land of Canaan. The injured person was not named by the Guyana Police Force.

They were beaten at Pearl Village, East Bank Demerara at about 11:30 Saturday night,  more than seven hours after they were seen acting suspiciously at a grocery store at Johanna, East Bank Demerara.

Investigators have so far found out that that at about 2 PM Saturday, Clarke and the other man went into a grocery store at Johanna  and were observed by the proprietor behaving suspiciously.

“The proprietor made his way to the public road and alarmed a policeman who was passing at the time; the police responded and in the process, he summoned other policemen.

The men fled into the bushes, and during the process, two loud explosions were heard. A search was conducted but they were not found,” the Guyana Police Force said in a statement.

Police were told that at about 11:30 Saturday night, members of the community spotted the men on the Pearl Public Road and apprehended them. During the process, it was alleged that one of the public spirited citizens shot Clarke and inflicted a beating on his accomplice.

“The men were handed over to the police, who rushed them to the Diamond Public Hospital, where Clarke was pronounced dead on arrival, whilst his accomplice was treated and sent away. He had since been taken into police custody and is assisting with the investigation,” police said.

  • Gtloyal

    Mr President, this vigilantism is a direct consequence of the state not fulfilling its constitutional obligation to guarantee the “…life, liberty, security of the person and the protection of the law… protection for the privacy of his home and other property ….” etc.
    You, as head of state, therefore, is directly responsible for there being a reason for vigilantism to exist.
    If people feel threatened by criminal elements and the state fails in its constitutional duty to guarantee safety then they will find ways to protect themselves and deter the threat. Vigilantism is one such deterrent.
    While I may question the lawfulness of the practice of vigilantism, Lynch’s law, stand your ground, etc., I can see why the people are beginning to consider them as desperate remedies.
    Who therefore, Mr President, is at fault? Unless you can guarantee what is stated in the constitution, you cannot condemn the people for protecting themselves.

    • Col123

      Kudos to you GTloyal..I owe you one.. well done..

      • Gtloyal

        Don’t kudo me so early. You may not like the continuation.
        I wrote to the head of state as guarantor of the constitution. It is his duty to see that whatever has brought on this situation is remedied and eliminated or controlled. If he cannot, then he will not have achieved what he was voted in to do. However – and here comes the interesting part – I can never say that it is his fault that we are in this situation. This is something that he has inherited from his incompetent, corrupt PPP predecessors who, by promoting a drug based economy, condoned a culture of crime. To uphold this, they deliberately weakened institutions such as the GPF.
        Today they are spewing hate and racism in their speeches but they make no mention of their misappropriation of the people’s money that has resulted in the security institutions, among others, not being able to function as they should, not to mention the hardship that the people have to endure. While they are enjoying their ill-gotten riches, the people suffer and this new government has to clean their mess. Everyone knows this, yet they still have those who support them.
        The head of state cannot be blamed for the reasons we have for vigilantism but is responsible for eliminating said reasons and causes.

        • Col123

          But you are entitled to say this also.you can place the blame wherever you want. That racism bile became part and parcel of Guyanese society back to the days of ethnic cleansing in the beginning 60s..you can spin that issue however you want. Pres Granger was also exposed as a racists in 74 from the US Embassy Wikileaks ..

          • Gtloyal

            While many are trying to promote unity and social cohesion some from the ranks that oppose this government is making sure that the “racism bile” stays alive and well. And so far I haven’t yet seen that wikileak. As for “… anyone saying that the PNC made Guyana a paradise with their governance …” you will seldom find that since the PNC do not have many unconditional supporters who would justify anything no matter how wrong it may be. That’s only typical of the other side.
            And I appreciate your frequent contributions to the comedy.

          • Col123

            Well done boy. Only those who support the govt are not racists…your first joke..if the social contusion you are referring is cohesion, then God help Guyana … and you don’t know about the US embassy Wikileaks 74 on Granger… well ignorance is bliss.

          • Gtloyal

            You can do better than that. I perceive anger. Don’t get angry; you’ll lose. And don’t read what’s not there into it.

          • Col123

            Your perception is detrimental to you survival…you have more reasons to attach yourself to the your delusions and the taxpayers teats…stay loyal…

          • Gtloyal

            There you go with your conjectures agsin. Anyway, today is a new day and no time for your Attic tragedy. You’ll finish it someday. Go on writing. Meanwhile, see the politicians “enjoy life”.

  • Col123

    The situation “should get out of hand”.. given that the cops behave as if they are on welfare .The citizenry can tolerate the lynching of these criminals Mr President .. you can continue to hide under the skirts of those protecting you… the citizens are looking out for themselves …a man’s home is his castle..he should have the right to protect it…sit in a corner and work on improving the economy sir..stop speaking up for hooligans..

  • Gtloyal

    So the PPP supporters are saints, according to you? Good joke this early morning. Well, the situation in Guyana is a direct result of the saintly leaders of the PPP having stolen the people’s money, leaving the state apparatus in disarray. Now, if Canada, as a result has issued a warning, then take heed: just don’t come. I really don’t think we will miss anyone who sits waiting for us to fix the mess inherited from the PPP, for them to come and enjoy. As for your Jaggy, he is just a small minded racist who will always have wicked followers.
    In my first comment on this thread, I referred to the president as the head of state because security and people’s safety is the state’s constitutional responsibility and not that of the executive arm of the government only. I wrote “You, as head of state, therefore, is directly responsible for there being a reason for vigilantism to exist.” He should have eliminated them. If your Jaggy was still head of state I would have said the same thing. The head of state has the responsibility of upholding the constitution and should therefore guarantee that there is no “reason for vigilantism to exist.” . This does not mean that he has brought on the situation. This president inherited it from the PPP heads of state that preceded him.

  • ExPPP_Man

    While he pardon his boys, he get mad when they get killed. Look carefully, he never sympathized with the victims of crime, because most of the victims are not his supporters, while the perpetrators are all his supporters.

    • rs dasai

      Ex
      Because The Prezi did not sympathise publicly, it does not mean that he does not care. He cares for all peoples.

      • Col123

        Give up your job as a writer for comedy channel?..keep at it..

        • rs dasai

          Col
          Focus and comment on the matter at hand.

          • Col123

            OK..list then a few initiatives, which the President has implemented,that has improved the safety and security of the Guyanese population ?…that would distract me from the comedy…operative word being improved..and please ,…no pivot from the question.

          • rs dasai

            Col
            You win. The Prezi can only preach, he cannot force us to follow blindly. We have monds.

          • Col123

            I still lost big time..being with military ties myself, I bet that Granger will make the changes to take Guyana forward…I lost because he turned out to be an idiot with no cujones…

          • rs dasai

            Col
            We should both chill out since we cannot now cause change.
            Have a cool one.

          • Col123

            Agree..I lost it since the talk of jets for ministers use..BUT , have to admit an addiction to the comedic value of provided by some…in fact, some bloggers are professors of spin…which can be amusing..most pivot ..and others lie…make up stuff conjecturing…Have fun and health..take up golfing..

          • rs dasai

            Col.
            Thanks for the advice, but my ‘thing’ is cricket, not the WI kind. But I do my best to keep healthy. You do the same .

  • Col123

    Lucifer himself speaking my immersion bro!

  • Gtloyal

    Its good to pull them out from their lair sometimes.

  • Gtloyal

    Lucy, the government is made up of politicians, not magicians. Only fools would expect them to diliver “… the GOOD life promised” in just a few months. Sit and wait. Have you asked yourself what you can do for your country instead of just criticizing the wrongs that may be occurring? How can we fix all the bs previous governments have brought upon us? Everyone is waiting for the other to fix things for them while they sit on their fat arses reading Forbes and sipping martini. Therein lies our problem.

  • Gtloyal

    “… PPP WAS A LITTLE CORRUPT …” Go spread the news. That’s new: just a wee bit corrupt.
    And don’t forget Moses was on Cheddie’s PPP team. They were once so close that whatever you may accuse him of today was obviously rubbed off from Cheddie. In other words you are saying that what Moses learnt from Cheddie makes “… BUNAM & THE PPP LOOK LIKE CHOIR BOYS …” You guys really know how to be funny!

  • Gtloyal

    First: post the pics.
    Second: Criminal acts are not being hidden from the public like before. Ministers are not stopping the police from doing their job and telling them to keep silent about what certain people doing. You know about them because all are in the press.
    What you are saying about the phones just tells me you are a darn idiot.

  • Gtloyal

    Wow!

  • cuffy

    Vigilantism will not be tolerated but criminalism will,go Grangeham.