”When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it – always.” - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Some people seem to be hedging, others are hiding.
I see how they have scattered from Facebook especially, after having been busy liking, posting and commenting all morning. As soon as news broke of James Bond and Edward Collins and others being shot by riot police they fell silent.
But more important than spineless sheep on Facebook, six hours after riot police (called into action against peaceful protestors) shot innocent citizens in the streets of Georgetown a short walk from the Office of the President the nation has seen or heard nothing from our ‘caring and compassionate’ government. Our dear President Donald Ramotar seems to have gone dumb. Can someone at New Garden Street please locate the cat which has taken ownership of his tongue?
I have seen and heard the others asking the question which the propagandists seem to be circulating to their minions.
“Did they have permission? “
I have a question of my own to ask: How did we move from peaceful people walking, whether they had permission or not, to a man being shot (regardless of the type of bullets) 33 times and in his back and neck?
How can the absence of permission for a peaceful march result in even one person being shot even once? Let alone multiple people being shot dozens of times?
Today, December 6th, 2011, Guyana as a society took a deeper plunge into barbarity. A new president, a new cabinet, a new government. Nothing has changed. The tyrants remain in command and their ruthless savagery knows no limit.
Innocent people being shot must be a sure sign of the empire crumbling though. We have seen cracks, we have seen partial collapse. Now is not a time to relent, it is a time to intensify pressure. The leaders of right thinking people must know this and act, not appease.
The signals are clear. Democracy died under Jagdeo, Donald’s purpose is to scatter its ashes. So much for equality under Donald. So much for citizens being able to stand up for what they believe in and peacefully fight for their rights. So much for Donald’s inauguration speech laced with empty rhetoric.
Donald Ramotar minutes after being sworn in as President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana: “I promise to be a fair and just President; to govern in the interests of all; to ensure that the legitimate aspirations of our people are respected.”
James Bond, Edward Collins, those who were shot and assaulted in the streets of Georgetown today and all Guyanese need the Commander-In-Chief to act. They need justice. Where are you comrade?
Why were they shot? Who gave the orders? Why was riot police called out against peaceful unarmed protestors?
Answers? What answers? Expect none.
But like feeding birds at the slightest noise, the hypocrites, those on Facebook and those in government, scatter deep into the bosom of silence. They will emerge when the situation dissipates and pretend as though what transpired today is another insignificant event which we must all hasten to forget. It has become the way of life in this republic gone mad.
But pressure must not relent because madness must end for “there have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall.”