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Pres. Granger raises concern about street protest calls at GDF Officers Conference

President David Granger addressing the opening of the Guyana Defence Force’s Annual Officers’ Conference.

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President David Granger on Thursday warned that  recent calls for street protests could have serious implications for national unity.

“Threats might arise, however, from elements who wish to undermine internal security. Reckless remarks about an uprising and provocative calls for the mobilisation of foot soldiers have the potential to rip apart the fragile fabric of social cohesion that we enjoy,” he told the opening of the GDF’s Annual Officers Conference.

He highlighted the GDF is legally mandated to defend and maintain order in Guyana and the discharge of  such other duties as may e defined by the Defence Board. “This implies that the force must constantly be in a state of readiness to deploy troops effectively and at short notice to conduct operations by day or by night, in any weather or terrain in any part of the country to meet any emergency,” said Granger, a retired Brigadier and former army Commander.

 

The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has in recent weeks been calling for street protests if government closes sugar estates of the state-run Guyana Sugar Corporation (Guysuco) or unilaterally appoints a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) outside the list of nominees submitted by Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo. Granger on Wednesday told Jagdeo the expected qualities of nominees for the post of GECOM Chairman, moving one step closer for the Opposition Leader to submit a second list.

The President credited the GDF in reducing threats such as domestic and transnational crimes such as piracy are being reduced due to “more robust surveillance by the Air Corps and the Coast Guard and joint Task Force.

He welcome an announcement by GDF Chief-of-Staff,  Brigadier Patrick West that the Reserve Force would once again be established on “equal footing with the regular force” in keeping with the Defence Act. “Given our limited financial and material resources and by force of circumstance, the Defence Doctrine must be based on maintaining a small regular force and a relatively large reserve force which can be deployed to all parts of the country to respond to emergencies,” he said.

He said the small regular force could be augmented by reservists even to the extent that sections could be built into platoons, platoons into combat teams, combat teams into battle groups and battle groups into task forces “by the addition of reservists when the need arises.”

“In this way, a small force in peace time could grow into a larger force during operations and, of course, during our major field tactical exercises,” he said.

The President said reserves in each of the 10 administrative regions would be closer in time and space to respond more promptly to emergencies such as an incursion, flood or other natural calamity.

Granger hopes that the reserve force is maintained at “sufficient strength” in the capital town of every administrative region and the technical capability of the Coast Guard as well Air, Artillery and Engineer Corps in addition to maintaining the efficiency of the ground troops.

The President said he is “very confident” that over the next three years friendly governments would assist the GDF in strengthening its technical arms.

  • rs dasai

    Very interesting 3rd para. Defend against whom? And 4th para also. KIV.

    • Keith Massay

      Always be prepared. If anything should happen, people like you would be the first to critize.

    • Col123

      Defend against whom?…is the million dollar question…..who has the answer?…how do you defeat a hungry man who wants to work and feed his family?….

  • Ranin Dasilva

    WHAT A BOLDNESS OF THE GUYANA GOVERNMENT. CALLING IN THE GDF . THAT”S THE WORK OF THE POLICE . I SAID AND IAM SAYING SAYING IT AGAIN .DO RACISM AND YOU ARE NOT A RACIST , TALK RACISM AND YOU ARE A RACIST . NOT ONLY IN GUYANA ,IT”S A WORLDWIDE PROBLEM . IN HAITI WHO IS THE RACIST??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Dax23

    Who are mostly PPP supporters? INDIANS. Who would be shot and killed or hauled into the prisons? INDIANS because they would be standing up for their livelihood. (Won’t be surprised if this is not published)

  • Ranin Dasilva

    WHAT A BOLDFACE GOVERNMENT . SHAMELESS ,ROTTEN AND OBNOXIOUS , SO OBNOXIOUS IT IS NOW A STENCH. I TOLD FRIENDS GUYANA IS GOING BECOME AN MILITARY STATE. I ALSO SAID FOR YEARS ” DO RACISM AND YOU ARE NOT A RACIST .:”TALK RACISM AND YOU ARE THE WORLD RACIST. WHE THEM BOY SEY DEH?

  • OldDaag

    99.99% of the time this MAN reminds me of BURHANM- So the people are not allowed to protest against DICTATORS? Where is the democracy….EVEN in big countries like CANADA and USA people protest all the time….So you mean to say he MUST oppress/DICTATE and the people MUST accept and live on….This government has express nothing but incompetence since taking office – Guyana economy has slide below HAITI and SOCIAL has been killed since they are FIRING all the INDO in the top post and make lame excuses…LIKE CARL singh firing for AGE when CLIVE Tomas -Head of SOCU is 85….HMMM Anyone see something wrong here?

    • Ah Nanimus

      This guy Granger is Burnham the sequel.

  • Col123

    “street protests could have serious implications for national unity”…. The President is so certain about this “national unity”, with his Coalition, and showered praises recently, to those who contributed to Guyana over the years, that he now needs an army be prepared to quell their protest….then he brilliantly went on reading from a non commissioned officer field manual, on the operational variables..and this gentleman was a GDF general?.a UG graduate?.. and now, the President of Guyana!!!!..and that is all he has to offer????.
    WHO are these..”foot soldiers have the potential to rip apart the fragile fabric of social cohesion that we enjoy,”?…some protesters struggling to feed their families?..those who want to work and can’t find a job?..Why can’t he meet with them ….to address their concerns?….Should he use his military might to tackle this troubling socioeconomic challenge?.. Is there intelligence from his recon activity.. (remember the death of SGT Pyle) that the freedom fightas are coming back to get Guyana into the gyam fyah mode?…
    Why can’t he meet with those in business who can speed the economy upward?…and win their trust?
    If this is all the President can offer towards the voices of the working class…I strongly believe that there isn’t any need to worry…The basics of human needs will certainly drive them to do whatever is necessary to survive , despite the the oppression of any army, or ruler….Guyana is no different!

  • Col123

    hey boy..it is some a them same pack a clowns who gie awee powa…and them got the damn nerve now to tink guyana a dem country…sock it to them!!!…and let dem know you grandma is indo but you na one a dem…

  • brain dead idiot

    and the army is told that there might be street protest isn’t that a police matter to control crowds and protesters if they get out of hand dictator is born pnc bulling their way and next rig elections

  • rajendra bisessar

    Bharat and his actions caused their defeat. I guys kept ur mouth shut and allowed him free range so you caused the ppp defeat. rigging against Ralph to put Donald caused ppp defeat