WPA condemns channa attack
Stabroek News
April 29, 2004

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The Working People's Alliance (WPA) has condemned Sunday's arson attack on the Ministry of Home Affairs and is calling for an impartial and independent investigation into all violence that has beset the country in recent times.

In a statement, the WPA said allegations and reports in the media range from suggestions of the channa bombing being a self-inflicted action to direct blame on the opposition. The statement said however, that the act shows the extent to which violence has replaced civility and the rule of law as the norm in Guyana.

The WPA reiterated in particular its calls for an immediate investigation into the allegations of the existence of the death squads and the alleged involvement of the Minister of Home Affairs in criminal acts.

According to the WPA, the government and ruling party have a constitutional duty to take the lead in this area. The party noted too that they have a moral duty since their own members have been implicated.

"We urge this in keeping with their responsibility to conduct the affairs of state in a transparent and accountable manner."

The party also warned that those who seem prepared to level accusations without the benefit of evidence will only serve to worsen an already deteriorated political culture.

The party also applauded the PNCR's decision to widen the dialogue and pledged to play a constructive role in this process.