We are now on the cusp of an unprecedented era of development – GAWU

The achievement of political independence on May 26, 1966 marked the victory of the Guyanese people in breaking free from their enduring colonial chains. It was a significant moment for all Guyanese, as it placed the nation’s future and fate in its people’s hands.
The struggle for independence was ignited by the unfairness and injustice of the colonial system, which aimed to oppress its subjects for the benefit of the colonizing country. Colonialism proved to be a harsh system that brought about hardship and adversity. The quest for independence was in part fuelled by the tragic slaying of the Enmore Martyrs, a stark reminder of the lengths to which colonialism would go to maintain its dominance.
As we celebrate our Independence, we are reminded of the Father of our Nation, Dr. Cheddi Jagan, who played a crucial role in our struggle. His unwavering commitment to our people and country and his relentless efforts to achieve a united and free Guyana are etched in the annals of history. Dr. Jagan and his comrades’ dedication led our country to the cherished freedom we enjoy today. We are forever grateful to these past leaders whose contributions have allowed us to chart our course as a people and a nation.
As we celebrate 58 years of Independence, we acknowledge the remarkable progress our country has made. Our nation has significantly improved healthcare, education, infrastructure, and social amenities. We are now on the cusp of an unprecedented era of development, giving rise to high hopes and the realisation of our long-held dreams for our beloved country.
We acknowledge that our journey since Independence has been marked by challenges. The ethnic divisions from the pre-independence period continue to be exploited by some for their interests. However, we believe that the majority of our people are not influenced by those with divisive intentions. Our people understand that our strength lies in our unity, and we should all strive to achieve the goal of “One Guyana”.
Similarly, we cannot overlook the threats to our democratic values by those seeking to seize political power against the will of our people. It was a dark period in our country, and we are aware that the masterminds are still among us.
Additionally, we are faced with Venezuelan aggression, a longstanding issue that has escalated in recent times. We condemn Venezuela’s aggression, and affirm that Essequibo belongs to Guyana.
As we celebrate our 58th Independence Anniversary, GAWU extends warm greetings to all Guyanese. We honour our remarkable leaders and the bravery of the Guyanese people. Today, we honour those who fought for, and secured, our Independence. As we move ahead, remember our motto: “One People, One Nation, One Destiny”.
A happy Independence Day from GAWU!