Gov’t prepared to engage protestors in West Coast Berbice- AG Nandlall
Government is prepared to visit and engage the people of West Coast Berbice to bring a resolution to the riotous activities ongoing in various communities. This was the assurance given by Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Hon. Mohabir Anil Nandlall while on NCN’s television programme ‘Insight’ on Tuesday.
“We have three Ministers who are on the ground and we have the President who is following the situation very closely. He and I are speaking very closely. He has been speaking to the families of the victims on a regular basis and we have our Members of Parliament on the ground and if possible, this does not subside, we will have more Ministers going on the ground,” the Attorney General stated.
The protest action which has since escalated and become violent, stemmed from the brutal murder of the two teenagers Isaiah and Joel Henry, but that has since escalated with the blocking and burning of the road ways, harm to innocent passersby and several robberies.
The Attorney General made it clear that the government is prepared to go speak with the protesters directly in an effort to bring calm to the escalating situation.
“The government is prepared to go there; we are not going to be a government who will sit in Georgetown and allow our country to descend. So tomorrow, unless this thing stops, you will have a greater presence of the government there and we will have to engage the people, personally I am prepared to do that,” the Attorney General underscored.
The Minister is also calling on persons to desist from unlawful activities. He said that the focus of the law enforcement agencies at this point is clearing the roadways and trying to bring calm to the situation.
“There will come a time where if this kind of behaviour continues then the full force of the law will have to be applied because that is the state’s responsibility,” the AG warned.