IAC calls on police to protect citizens during Rule of Law march
Stabroek News
March 19, 2004

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The Indian Arrival Committee (IAC) says it wants Commissioner of Police Winston Felix to ensure there is an adequate number of armed police patrolling the streets of Georgetown tomorrow in light of the organised Rule of Law march.

According to an IAC press release, the police patrols should pay special attention to the streets between Stabroek and Bourda Markets in order to maintain law and order.

The IAC has expressed deep concern that the Rule of Law march, with participation by trade unions, political parties and other groups, "may lead to the victimisation of persons of Indo-Guyanese and mixed Indo-Guyanese origin."

All Indo-Guyanese, the IAC urged, should exercise extreme caution as they conduct their affairs in Georgetown in view of the march tomorrow.

Members of the organisation will be monitoring the march, the release stated.

The IAC also said that since 1998 following the 1997 general elections, so-called peaceful marches, protests and demonstrations "resulted in Indo-Guyanese persons being robbed of their personal possessions, severely beaten, sexually assaulted, traumatised and terrorised." In addition, the body noted, a number of business places belonging to Indo-Guyanese were destroyed by fires set deliberately during those demonstrations.

Meantime, the IAC said it wanted to remind the new commissioner of police that during the politically-driven street disturbances of 1998, 2001 and 2002, unarmed police officers especially those of Indo-Guyanese origin were physically assaulted by mobs of demonstrators.