Home Letters Tactics of intimidation and fear will not work
I say this with the strongest conviction possible: Guyana and Guyanese will not; I repeat: will not, be intimidated by fear or violence of any sort. And I would further add that this country will move forward peacefully, progressively, and in accordance with law and order.
In light of the foregoing, I shall endeavour to discuss the latest in an ongoing saga in a hapless society called Guyana. The question is: Why would a gunman go to the residence of the Chief Justice; or, for that matter, confront anyone with a gun – toy or otherwise? Is this a joke? Or, is this the Guyanese version of Halloween?
You might very well say it is not, because Guyana does not celebrate Halloween. So, what is it? My dear readers, this is a clear, calculated move to drive fear in society; but I daresay it will not work.
It is strangely coincidental that all of these things are taking place at a time when certain major matters are taking place in Guyana. I am talking about the election petitions filed by the Opposition coming up for hearing before the very same Chief Justice.
These occurrences would lead anyone – even if that person has half a brain – to believe that there is a political motive behind this. Things do not just happen in a vacuum.
What I am saying is that this visit by a man with a toy gun to the Chief Justice’s residence is a political vendetta to intimidate, and how much headway that had achieved is left to be seen. However, I am sending a warning to the political operatives on the Guyanese landscape to be very careful of their actions, because these goings-on are before an international community that would not exact any scruples should any injury or harm come to any member of the Judiciary. Further, the international community will not, in any way, shape or form, countenance instability in our country.
Be it known that strict attention, both at home and abroad, is being paid to the political developments here in Guyana. There will be serious consequences for those who do not want to abide by the law. In other words, those who would want to have Guyana slide into lawlessness and mayhem, where scenarios of violence and the rule-by-fear exist. That is not going to happen! So, my advice is that we stay calm and allow the law to take its course. Guyana is still a country where the law rules supreme. I rest my case.