Army increases its strength
Stabroek News
June 9, 2002

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The Guyana Defence Force yesterday reinforced its camp on the Railway Embankment road in the vicinity of Brush Dam, pitching another tent and increasing its strength in Operation Tourniquet.

The operation to flush out bandits on the lower East Coast Demerara was launched on Wednesday.

The reinforcement came after criminal elements attacked two mini-buses; placed logs across the roads and dug up a portion of the Railway Embankment Road following the shooting to death of wanted man, Compton Cam-bridge at Nabaclis, East Coast Demerara on Thursday.

Cambridge, according to the police, was wanted for seven murders including the killing of four policemen.

In spite of a press conference called by the Association of Concerned Buxtonians yesterday at the Buxton/Foulis Neighbourhood Democratic Council office expressing concern about the heavy military presence in the community, some residents said that the military presence gave them a sense of security. While some residents told Stabroek News that the soldiers were welcome as the attacks by criminal elements occurred mainly in that area, others were "not happy about the garrison being erected" in the community. However, based on brief interviews it would appear that the majority did not want to air their views on the subject.