No protest in Berbice by 63 route buses last Thursday
Stabroek News
February 5, 2002

Dear Editor,

I refer to your front page article (l.2.2002) captioned "Striking mini-buses block city streets" by Nigel Williams and hereby wish to correct paragraphs 6, 8 and 9 therein by stating that there was no protest yesterday, Thursday, January 3l, 2002 in Berbice by the 63 route minibus operators, neither were there any instances of commuters being held hostage and tyres of mini buses punctured.

The only semblance of protest activity in Berbice on Thursday was in the vicinity of the Fort Wellington Magistrate's Court where a peaceful demonstration was conducted by persons bearing placards. This exercise, which was conducted between l0.00 - ll.30 was effectively policed and never disrupted the work of the court which went its full course.

Mr Editor, the contrary episode reported by Mr Nigel Williams is evidence of one adopting an emotional approach on issue(s) for reasons best known by the reporter, surely such reporting detracts from the professionalism that is desired.

Yours faithfully,

A.S.P. Ramnarine

Police Public Relations & Press Officer

Editor's note

The reference to the No. 63 mini-buses protesting on Thursday was incorrect. They had been on strike the previous day and the story should have clearly indicated this. We regret the error. The information on the protest outside the Fort Wellington Magistrate's court was supplied by Fred Semple, the Officer in Charge of Traffic 'B' Division and we have no reason to doubt it.