Problems require united approach - Corbin at `Rule of Law' rally
March 21, 2004
LEADER of the PNC, Mr. Corbin said yesterday that irrespective of political affiliation, racial grouping or ethnicity, the problems faced by the people of Guyana today, require a united approach.
He was at the time addressing a rally at the Square of the Revolution, which followed a procession through the streets of Georgetown titled the `Rule of Law' march. The march was organised by a broad-based committee comprising politicians, trade unions, religious organisations and other representatives of civil society
Corbin was one of several speakers at the rally. Among the others were Professor Clive Thomas of the Working People's Alliance (WPA) Party; Mr. C.N. Sharma of the Justice for All Party (JFAP); Mr. Desmond Trotman of the People's Movement for Justice (PMJ); Mr. Malcolm De Freitas of the United Force Party (TUF); Mr. Norris Witter of the Trades Union Congress (TUC); Trade Unionist Mr. Stanley Troyer; Ms. Violet Jean Baptiste of the African Cultural Development Association (ACDA); Mr. Lennox King of the Pan African Movement; as well as representatives of Rise Organise and Rebuild (ROAR) the Postal and Telecommunication Workers' Union and the Justice for Jermaine Committee.
The common call emanating from all the speakers at the rally, apart from a demand for justice and a return to the Rule of Law was for all Guyanese, regardless of ethnicity, to work together in order to achieve what they set themselves.
Professor Thomas congratulated the gathering for the successful demonstration march staged, noting the orderliness of their behaviour, and the large numbers in which they had turned out. He said it was way beyond expectations.
But leader of the Justice for All Party, Mr. C. N. Sharma, on the other hand, said that the numbers present on the march were a disappointment. He felt that more persons should have come out.
The programme at the Square of the Revolution featured cultural items including the Mighty V.J's `I Will Resign'.
The march, which saw Guyanese of various political, religious and ethnic backgrounds coming together, moved off from three different assembly points around the city.