Enmore Martyrs Day observers chased from
Square of the Revolution -- cop injured

Stabroek News
June 17, 1999


Persons gathering at the Square of the Revolution yesterday to march to Le Repentir Cemetery for the first part of the observances to mark Enmore Martyrs Day, were prevented from assembling there by a group of irate people. A police press release said that a superintendent of police was pounced upon and beaten by some 25 people after he arrested a man at the 1763 Monument site for throwing a missile at the vehicle of a government minister.

The release said that the man was taken away from the police officer and he escaped. The superintendent sustained injuries to his right hand, lost his cap badge and had his uniform damaged in the incident, the release said.

The group of people who chased those attempting to assemble at the square reportedly told them that they should take off from another point as they were protecting 'Cuffy'.

Following this incident, those attending the observances assembled in the cemetery where the wreath-laying ceremony was held.

Among the speakers at the grave side of the five Enmore martyrs were Minister of Labour, Dr Henry Jeffrey; General Secretary of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), Seepaul Narine; Vibert Skeete, chairman of the Trade Union Youth Movement.

Among those attending the ceremony were President Janet Jagan; Prime Minister Sam Hinds; ministers of the government, trade unionists, relatives of the Enmore martyrs and representatives of other organisations.

The five Enmore martyrs were shot and killed by colonial police on June 16, 1948.


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