Threatening pamphlet gives credibility to 'terroristic' statement - PPP/C
PNC/R condemns its contents
May 7, 2002
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The PPP/Civic last weekend issued a release pointing to the circulation of a new pamphlet, which, it said, threatened the lives of government officials, police officers and their families.
According to the statement, the pamphlet gives credibility to the administration's labelling of "the actions and statements by certain elements in the PNC/Reform and... certain talk show hosts" as terroristic and anti-police. But when Stabroek News contacted the main opposition party for a reaction to the allegation, PNC/R's General Secretary, Oscar Clarke, said the party was unaware of the circulation of such a pamphlet. After a copy of the document was faxed to him, Clarke said it was the first time he was seeing the pamphlet.
According to the PPP release, the pamphlet, headed `Five for Freedom', is "now being widely circulated." The ruling party also described its contents as "purely terrorisitic and anti-police."
But Clarke said the PNC/R was rejecting any suggestion, as it did on a previous occasion, that it had anything to do with the pamphlet. "We condemn [the contents of the pamphlet] and distance ourselves from it...The PPP claims that it is widely circulated, but this is the first time I am seeing it," Clarke stated.
The PPP release said this pamphlet followed another, which was reportedly circulated during Shaka Blair's funeral last month. The party is calling on the police, foreign agencies and civil society "to take immediate note and all appropriate action to support the people of Guyana in opposing these `anti-police and terroristic threats'." It further stated that "all appropriate action must be taken by the law enforcement authorities, with the cooperation of all law abiding citizens, to bring those behind this threatening pamphlet to justice."