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Police fear terrorist assault on Parliament Building

Fearful of a terrorist assault on Parliament Building while the 65-seat National Assembly is in session, the Guyana Police Force says it has extended its cordon to include several streets nearby.

“The Guyana Police Force wishes the Public to know that the barriers were directly related to the security of Parliament.

This enhanced security arrangement has a nexus to terrorists incidents occurring in various countries around the World, some of which are perpetrated by self-radicalised persons,” police said in a statement.

The outer cordon has been extended to Regent Street and Avenue of the Republic, and on the southern side to Leopold  and Lombard Streets, causing major traffic congestion in parts of the city. Pedestrians are also blocked from walking on Brickdam outside Parliament Building.

On March 22, 2017, five persons were killed and 40 others injured in a terrorist attack when a car plowed into pedestrians and a suspected Islamist-inspired attacker stabbed a policeman and tried to enter the British Parliament. On April 27, 2017 a man was held with a bag of knives was arrested near parliament.

Two years ago, Guyana’s Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud had said that the law enforcement agency had not been aware  that anyone had returned here from fighting on behalf of ISIS in the Middle East. Several nationals of the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago have gone to Syria and other countries to support the IS also known as the Daesh.

The Guyana Police Force refuted an article in the privately-owned Stabroek News newspaper that the extended cordon had to do with keeping away protesters from Parliament Building. In recent weeks, several groups agitating against government policies have been protesting in Georgetown elsewhere.

They include sugar workers against the closure of sections of the Guyana Sugar Corporation; teachers, parents an students against the 14 percent Value Added Tax on tuition fees, and the ban on used tires.

  • rudeo

    WOW! terrorists in Georgetown threatening our Parliament…diversions galore…but the mess and chaos of the PNC govt remains….wow!

    • Col123

      Comedy Guyana style!!! Get the GDF…let’s get the pomp and display of the welfare security forces with their AK 47… these witches are delusional, to put it mildly!

      • rs dasai

        Call it what we will, sham or no sham, all such threats must be taken seriously, always. and Yes, we will blame the Police and security forces if it is real and nothing is done.

        • Col123

          Them police are busy ripping off hard working folks…Hey… building a moat around that building would work better than those barriers… at least have a hassa farm in the watery moat and export the fish..boom up the economy a little with hassa export!

  • Vishan R Beharry

    I have of stupid things i have heard of ridiculous things, i have heard of government doing nonsense, but this this is what i call real stupidness

  • ExPPP_Man

    When the current “coalition” was in opposition, they brought a motion and passed it to remove cordons from around parliament buildings. In 2 years time we now have terrorists ? I guess the private sector and the opposition are now terrorists.

    • Col123

      Hi KKK guy… you boy Naggie scared a he own shadow now…. he and khemo a gon tek care a dem terrorist…

  • cuffy

    Rabbi wshington dead and hitman hammie too old,more jobs for the boys from the batallion.