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Bharrat Jagdeo, Eric Phillips trade salvoes over racial discrimination, extra-judicial killings

ACDA's Executive Member, Eric Phillips addressing the African Holocaust commemorative ceremony at the Georgetown Seawall bandstand area.

ACDA’s Executive Member, Eric Phillips addressing the African Holocaust commemorative ceremony at the Georgetown Seawall bandstand area.

Executive Member of the African Cultural Development Association (ACDA), Eric Phillips and Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo are at odds with each other over the issue of racial discrimination and extra-judicial killing of Afro-Guyanese.

Phillips accused Jagdeo of committing a grave and indictable offence and questioned why Afro-Guyanese were sitting down and not demanding his removal from Parliament.

Addressing the claim that the then People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC)-led administration was responsible for the killing of 400 Black men, Jagdeo recalled that his government had asked who were the victims and then a dossier that had been prepared by the then joint opposition had included the names of policemen and who had been killed by bandits in Buxton and those who had been killed by those bandits. “So ask them who are the 400 names because they like to peddle that..,” he told a recent forum on corruption organised by the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC).

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo

The Jagdeo-led administration had been accused of being in bed with now convicted drug lord, Shaheed ‘Roger’ Khan to hunt dangerous and heavily armed criminals. Khan and several associates had been caught in a bullet proof vehicle by a military patrol at Good Hope, East Coast Demerara with sophisticated cellular interception and location computerized system and high-powered weapons. The United Kingdom-based manufacturer had months later testified that the equipment was sold only with government authorization. A letter of authorization purportedly signed by then Health Minister, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy had been tendered in a New York court.

Before Khan was caught in Suriname and sent by rendition from Trinidad to the United States for trial on cocaine trafficking, he had publicly claimed that he had played a major role in preventing  a coup against the then PPPC-led government.

While a Commission of Inquiry had also cleared then Home Affairs Minister, Ronald Gajraj of any links to a state-sponsored death squad,  he was appointed Guyana’s High Commissioner to India after Western Nations had registered their strong objection to his resumption of office as Home Affairs Minister.

The ACDA official also attacked Jagdeo’s recent remarks at the recently held Eric Williams Memorial Lecture in Miami in which he stated that “we black people” and “we are black people”.

“And he is going to Miami and all over the world and he has the audacity and effrontery to call us our Black brothers. That is an insult to us because we allow him to insult us. We are allowing too many people to insult us,” Phillips said at an event at the Georgetown Seawall to commemorate the African Holocaust.

The ACDA official reiterated that Afro-Guyanese deserve 18 percent of Guyana’s lands to replicate the village movement because “we are the first people to build Guyana” and almost half a million of them died during slavery and the trade in captive Africans. He said Guyanese such a demand should be no reason to classify Afro-Guyanese as racists. “We should not be shameful.  We should not be afraid of people calling us racists. I hear that everyday. We are the first people on this earth,” said Phillips who is also employed by the Ministry of the Presidency’s State Asset Recovery Unit.

Jagdeo, who was President from 1999- 2011 prior to the introduction of presidential term limits, dismissed claims by pro-Black organisations and the now APNU+AFC coalition administration that he had unilaterally allocated several radio licenses to his East Indian friends and family. “I am supposed to be racist but they don’t say that six of the ten licenses were given to non-Indians..” he said. He said his friend Dr. Ranjisinghi “Bobby” Ramroop’s media outfit, during a buy-out of Vieria Communications, was awarded a radio licence after the High Court had ruled in his favour. Non-Black recipients include Maxwell Thom, Rudy Grant and Alfro Alphonso.

  • Emile_Mervin

    Given what went down in Guyana under Jagdeo, he does not belong in politics let alone Parliament. He ought to be thankfully cognizant of the fact that there are people he affected directly and indirectly and the these people have not ‘reached out’ to him as yet.

    That said, Afro-Guyanese cannot demand Jagdeo’s removal from Parliament if the Coalition that African-Guyanese voted into office accepted Jagdeo and even wants to form a Unity Government with his PPP. Jagdeo continues to remain politically relevant because of docile Guyanese, including the Coalition.

    And he certainly does not speak for Indians, whom he abandoned thereby resulting in the PPP losing power in 2015.

    • Lance Vance

      BHARAT JAGDEO IS MORE POPULAR THAN ANY 3 COALITION DUMB A$$ PUT TO GATHER,THE PPP LOSE THE ELECTION BECAUSE THEY WERE RUNING AGAINST 7 PARTY’S THE ABC & GECOM & WE R WORST OFF TODAY & IT WILL GET MUCH WORST

      • Craig Hughes

        He is popular with whom? The gays?

        • Col123

          Craig…you seem to know a lot about them gays brotha…or does that just remain a question?…if so …ask yourself?….Them say god mek them people too…

        • Surujpaul Rampersaud

          You seemed to be very a prejudiced individual. First it is the Indian for not being able to speak or write proper English. Now it is the gays. You can never love God and hate his creation.

    • Kassee

      Last two lines.Well,at least,the present gov’t. does not speak for Indians and do not represent them. It was/is nice when barefaced riggers of elections were/r in parliament.Some of the jokers from the gov’t. really belong in parliament and politics.

    • Lucy

      And you suspect ERIC is…He is a racist dude who does not promote democracy…He is promoting WELFARE, organizing 14 groups to approach GRANGER for FREEBIE! So this is how tax payer dollars will be spent? This man should be in HALL of shame and the world is watching Granger response on his call to provide welfare to these groups…Tax payers should protest these clowns to be removed from the public….

  • shovid

    You meant what went upp under President B.Jagdeo…
    And What is going down now under your most favored NEW leadership.
    As they say, NEVER FEED PEARLS to SWINES.

  • Col123

    This is looking good… where is Don King ? We need a sponsor and TV time … We have two black brothas heading to a cage match…both angry like hell… both trying to get piece of Guyana in their coffins…them over 200k gullible soupies should not bet on their guy…the Eric dude appears to be Mandingo….BTW.. that number is 399 …one of those bruddas drowned in a canal and was found clutching onto his AK 47…AK 47 is the lifeline of our freedom fightas.

    • Kassee

      Those who u called soupies helped put this racist gov’t. in power.Some people r so ungrateful and damn racist to the bone.

      • Col123

        Gullible soupies should have been in quotes… it is popularly used in the media referring to Indos who support the PPP… that apan jhaat “lackey “thingy…my bad!..where as , supporters of the PNC are described as God faring as much like we black people are known .

  • Lance Vance

    ERIC, U WORRIED ABOUT THE CRIMINALS THAT GET KILL,SOME MAYBE BY R.KHAN & SOME BY THE POLICE ,U EVER WORRIED ABOUT THE PENSIONER FROM STRATHSPAY WHO WAS IN A WHEEL CHAIR & TELL YOUR BUDDIES HE DON”T HAVE ANY MONEY SO THEY THROW KERO OIL & SET HIM ON FIRE , HE DIED U EVER WORRIED ABOUT SWEETY MAN & HIS WIFE FROM ANNANDALE & FAT MAN ALSO FROM ANNANDALE YOUR BUDDIES SHOOT THEM, THEY DIED, REMEMBER THE WOMEN FROM WCD WHO HAD A STORE IN REGENT STREET PNC THUGS SHOOT HER IN HER CHEST, SHE DIED THE PARENTS & CHILDREN WHO WERE IN THERE BED @ LUSIGNAN,REMEMBER BARTICA,I CAN GO ON ALL NIGHT ,I DON”T THINK I CAN WASTE MY TIME WITH AN IGNORANT A$$ HO11 LIKE U.MORE INDIANS DIED BY SCUM OF THE EARTH THAT U WANT TO RE PRESIDENT,SO MY MESSAGE TO U F825 U & THEM .

    • Kassee

      As u should know.Indian lives do not matter to die hard racists who preach anti Indian racism everyday all over the country.They even had the National Flag draping the casket of a murderous criminal,who they called a freedom fighter.He was given a hero’s send off.Sure,he is among their imaginary 400 church boys.

      • Col123

        Racism is a malignant disease……the striking genesis is the already diseased individuals who it inflames and devour…that should be added to the book of Redemption!

    • Lucy

      ERIC wants his CREW to get welfare….In other words let the INDO communities work and pay tax so his crew can stay HOME and soja bai give them BILLIONS of freebie…What a hall of shame individual.

    • Craig Hughes

      What???? English b..ch, you are not in India.

      • Surujpaul Rampersaud

        You are taking me back in history, to the time when Indians were derided for not being able to speak English properly. Shame on you

  • Kassee

    Jagan should have thrown all the riggers of elections in jail, and then u would have shut your big mouth up from then and up to now.

  • Col123

    So proud of you shootist … for doing so well outside of Guyana.. that is commendable…now give those white massa the credit…see how your life can be… they had us as slaves, we can’t make it with our own kind governing us…so we find solace under the previous slave owners….what a circle????.

    • The Shootist

      is that what really bothers you or is it that I don’t fit your stereotype? you can’t say Shootist on welfare and has children with multiple women.
      what will you do for conversation?

      • Col123

        Your conscience must be bothersome and tormenting to yo…I do not debate anyone’s weaknesses..

  • Col123

    We blacks ran away from Guyana to those slave owners governance and find comfort …ironic!..is it?

  • Col123

    “Blacks in white America”..Billingsley.

    • The Shootist

      off the meds again?

      • Col123

        Yea… and I can see your delusions are getting the worse of you…Fifty years of independence for which you fought and you still live under the will of massa!…

  • Col123

    KW..So…What is the issue with his “Neanderthal ” heritage?…and the gene pool?…Are you suggesting that he came from monkeys?

  • Col123

    There is a 600 million USD variance between Jaggie and Fujimori which was proved in the courts… notwithstanding that Keiko Fujimori lost the recent election by less than a percent….but then .. they are a banana republic!… Guyana is…who the hell knows!

  • Col123

    Tell me!!…Na you a worship some black God!..because God is black like awee.

  • Col123

    If you can get the cock out of your eyes..(not commonly found in my Afro brothas)..you would see that those Indos lackey voted for the other guy with the cock in his eyes …hence..they put awee pon top…or is that too much for you to visualize?

  • Surujpaul Rampersaud

    This does not mean that you must condemn people’s English or sexual orientation. Just be objective and stick to the issues. If you do this you can be an agent of change.

    • Surujpaul Rampersaud

      True revolutionaries fight issues not personalities.

      • Col123

        The dude is far from being anything…he simply feels sorry for his existence!

  • Col123

    CH..attempt at a comparison like some cities and enclaves in USA?..Hattiesburg!..Watts!..Bed Stuyvesant!.. Chicago!!!…and areas in Africa?.. South Johannesburg!..look in your backyard…Alboystown, Tiger Bay…put some lipstick on that!…

  • Col123

    You are simply not a model or teacher to anyone when it comes to addressing racism. Your picture shows up in the dictionary under the word “racist “

  • Col123

    You know squat about me. I am too qualified and smart to worry about that racist baggage… and I command respect anywhere… even on a golf course in white America!..continue feeling like the victim that you are for your sorry azz self!!!

  • Col123

    Shootist..you have a sorry attempt at history…most of those Indos who ran from Guyana during Mr Burnham’s first decade of rule did so because of ETHNIC CLEANSING!…PERIOD!..the others followed because of marginalization…these are facts…

  • Col123

    I am a black with great parents…who cut cane at age seventeen with eight O levels …and I have no regrets about my accomplishments… you like most other brothas have ton of sorry azz excuses….sit back and look brotha…wait for opportunity to come hit you in your backside !

  • Col123

    Pivoting from the point …and blaming those foreigners for the ‘latrine’ that Freddie described and call Guyana..you need to address that cock in your eyes..

  • Col123

    Friends of all groups of people every where , from several countries.. where I can visit with out invite…when ever I want…when are we going to have a beer shoot?..I will treat…

    • The Shootist

      won’t want you to be uncomfortable. i might be tempted to rob you.

      • Col123

        If you can handle one from a U 22 Neos..and ..FYI..I am better at moving targets….

  • Col123

    Your last sentence about many Indos professionals and businesses reveal a lot about your level of ignorance…Indos, where ever in the world you find them, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia,South and North America… you find professionals and business folks… they are hard working and industrious…. Forty percent of medical doctors in US are Indos…all those 7 to 11 are Indos..

    • The Shootist

      true! the world revolves around Indians. as a matter of fact life, science and mathematics all originated in India.

      • Col123

        No..life, science and mathematics are contributions from ALL people…your illness with delusions of ethnic qualitative superiority is typical of low Osu caste behavior…and Jesus and God is black..Satan is white… please don’t remind me!

  • Lucy

    AGAIN you are so dunce you compare apples to banana – I hardly doubt you work for the FEDs because you would have known your past tense and present tense in ENGLISH – With that said, OBAMA makes no call without the approval of congress…and YES AFRICA is a poor economic state because of your lazy people! You EVER visited CANADA where JANE and FINCH is label as the HOOD with ALL your PEOPLE bringing their stinking attitude?…I think it is safe to say based on Stats that laziness has made your PEOPLE miserable…Get a JOB – Start working – Stop depending on government to provide FREEBIE such as welfare….and look for fast MONEY by stealing everywhere….

  • Lucy

    Michelle and Obama did nothing for America…Watch the NEWS and learn…When Michelle said Beyonce was a ROLE model…Trump immediately post a picture of Beyonce back balling to the crowd with her undie out..With that said, Obama stats has never proven him to be American’s best president…In case you are missing Google…it works well to check it out! Now with the Racist part, I think if you PEOPLE teach your KIDS to save, learn them Values and educate them on how to develop them selves in a decent way- things would work better for your vast population….Instead majority are thought-bully-ISM, smoking weed, making babies all over, leaving the mother to struggle…and most important CANNOT save…Love to done all today without thinking of tomorrow…Now when you see the INDIANS em saving, you get angry that government is helping them…LOAD of BULL! In the PPP days, how much INDIANS get help-ZIP…..If Jaggy help his BUDDY em, the Majority of INDIANS were still working hard and earning a living…The FLY from Guyana when PNC is in power because PNC empower them to LOOT and Steal….So get a grip and stand up to the TRUE stat….

  • Col123

    They are a welfare organization..sucking Guyanese taxpayers… they should plant rice and plantains instead and rear pigs…that will help our black brothers much more…

  • Col123

    Darn.. you need to increase the dose of your neuroleptics… there you go with your paranoia…

  • Ashwan Singh

    How about Indo-Guyanese lives matter ! After all they have always been attacked by the kick down door bandits since the 1970’s and murdered by them, most of the perpetrators were Afro- Guyanese !!

  • Ashwan Singh

    You don’t like the justice that was meted out to your ilk. That’s what this is about. Maybe you didn’t live in the 1960’s to 1992.
    Maybe you wouldn’t care a s***t about that. However we do !!!

  • Ashwan Singh

    He can go and look after his “most extensive art collection in the Caribbean” and dribble as he is doing it in his deteriorating state. Some day he will realise his regret for what he and his cousin Forbes Burnham did to Guyana.

  • Col123

    Well…you personally know the chap is a missy…who am I to question you about you going both ways???

  • Reality 2015

    Ashwan, listen here . A fifty something hear old woman locked her shop and retire for the day. She is sitting on a chair in her bedroom when two fellow invade her home. They demanded money which she gives them, failure to give more resulted in her having her head bashed in. Check and see who is before the court for that murder. Ever heard of a rasta wig. I know alot of stories about that will make your blood run cold.