Guyanese in Suriname supports measures fight crime

Guyana Chronicle
December 14, 2002

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Guyanese resident in neighbouring Suriname have expressed deep concern about the escalation of violent crimes in Guyana which they said have caused wanton destruction of life and property, leaving scars on the "peace-loving" population that may never be erased.

They therefore made the following appeal:

We call on all Guyanese at home and abroad to unequivocally condemn all acts of violence and lawlessness and urge those persons responsible or who overtly or covertly support the penetrators to bring an immediate end to this unacceptable state of affairs which may lead to social, economic and political chaos.

We earnestly express our unstinting and unswerving support for the firm and effective measures implemented by President Bharrat Jagdeo and the Government and strongly encourage them to continue allocating adequate financial resources for the procurement of advanced equipment for the security forces to completely eradicate this scourge from our troubled society.

We are extremely heartened by the efforts of the Social Partners and civic-minded citizens who have openly condemned these violent cromes and are fully prepared to work conjointly with the government, parliamentary and other constitutional bodies to implement mechanisms for an urgent and lasting solution.

We fervently exhort all members of civil society, particularly political parties, trade unions, non-governmental organisations, community clubs, educational institutions, youths, sports and cultural groups, schools, neighbourhood committees, service clubs and all concerned citizens to join the fight against crime, illicit drugs, psychotropic substances and other nefarious activities which are detrimental to progress and sustainable development.

We particularly urge religious leaders to organise and implement programmes within their respective communities to overcome the harmful effects of the current situation and inculcate in all Guyanese the virtues of acceptable moral and ethical behaviour.

We further appeal to all members of the media and related agencies to ensure strict adherence to the lofty ideals and high standards of journalism and urge you to scrupulously avoid all harmful and sensitive reports and programmes which could incite and influence the population. We also call upon you to fully support all efforts to diffuse tension and racial strife and help to create an environment of peace, love, togetherness, mutual trust, respect and achieve national reconciliation.

We sincerely express our most profound gratitude and congratulations to the members of the Disciplined Services, especially the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force, who are conducting their duties with the highest level of professionalism despite the despicable acts of criminal elements, who on several occasions out-number and out-equip them. We have also noted with great pride, the recent success achieved in drastically reducing the number of incidents, much to their credit and the confidence reposed in them by the Government and people.

We also wish to express our deepest concern for all those who were wounded, disabled, indecently assaulted, suffered losses, or otherwise affected, and offer our sincerest condolences to the bereaved relatives of the valiant policemen and innocent citizens who lost their lives.

We unanimously abhor and strongly condemn all forms of criminal activity, incitement and intimidation and urgently call on our compatriots, friends and relatives, wherever they reside, to combine our efforts to accomplish and maintain lasting peace and to contribute meaningfully to nation building through the strengthening of democracy, promoting human rights, the rule of law, accountability, transparency, sustained economic growth and prosperity for all Guyanese.

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