Georgetown, Guyana: In what can only be described as desperation, the embattled PPPC government has sunk to the new low of publically lashing out at civil society organizations they feel are not loyal to their cause. Today, the Guyana Human Rights Commission was in line for a public flailing by the PPPC for accusing the government of creating unease by exaggerating about the opposition’s budget cuts, particularly in Amerindian communities, and for calling on the administration to stop.
In response to the GHRC’s public request, the PPPC tore into the watchdog agency, calling them biased and accusing them of ignoring the plight of the suffering in Guyana. In a long, often confusing and circuitous tirade, the embattled regime ranted and raged while accusing the GHRC of every sin under the sun; at times sounding like the mad rant of a socialist dictator, than a professional governmental response to the concerns of a responsible watchdog agency.
In denial about the results of the 2011 presidential elections which give the parliamentary majority to the opposition, the PPPC refuses to understand that the peoples’ call for change should be heeded. They fail to comprehend that the parliamentary majority have initiated the process of strengthening democratic ideals, bringing more transparency and accountability to Guyanese citizens and insisting on changes which will lift the burdensome cost of living and provide a better life for all Guyanese.
In response to the opposition’s insistence on accountability and professionalism, the ruling PPPC government initiated an unabated campaign of outright lies using the taxpayer funded state media and other friendly tv stations to distribute its propaganda. The wild lies run the gamut from hundreds of jobs lost to further disenfranchisement of Hinterland citizens of Guyana and their efforts have been so extreme that the Human Rights Commission was left with no other choice but to issue a statement calling on the government to cease the exaggerations.
Today, the PPPC’s worst fears have been realized. No longer are the private media, civil society and citizens of our “Dear Land of Guyana” intimidated by the once powerful dictatorial regime that ran roughshod over the opposition and citizens of Guyana for the past nineteen years. No more are citizens silently suffering 19 years of rampant corruption which resulted in the accumulation of obscene wealth by some government Ministers and friends of the government, while the masses quietly suffer their fate of high VAT rates, poor sewage, water, electrical and road infrastructure; a rapidly deteriorating educational system; a health care system specializing in death rather than life and a rapidly spiraling and out of control crime problem precipitated by the acceptance and endorsement of drug dealers who were recruited by government ministers to execute vigilante justice in Guyana resulting in the murders of many public figures and 400 young males in Guyana.
As the veil of absolute power slowly lifts resulting in the empowerment of citizens and civil society in Guyana, the ruling PPPC government will stop at nothing to attempt to turn back the clock on the Guyanese people, but the people have already spoken; they feel the change, they want democratic reforms and they will not return to a one party dominated political system.
The ruling PPPC government; increasingly desperate and running out of options is left with propaganda, wild public accusations, threats, bribery and underground coercion in order to make a last desperate move to regain absolutely power; but the people will remember. OVNN exhorts citizens of Guyana to pay close attention to the last desperate ranting of this regime.
The Guyana Human Rights Commission is only the first in a soon to be long line of “enemies of the state”. As the regime’s desperation increases, their cries will be louder and their list of enemies will increase; but the people must stand firm. Citizens of Guyana are urged to insist on an end to corruption, an improvement in government services, a better education and health system and more jobs for the more than 30% of Guyanese citizens who have been chronically unemployed for the past 19 years. Citizens of Guyana must insist on a better life for all Guyanese.