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The Tapir – a Relic of Guyana’s Post Independence Struggles

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Published: 3rd of March, 2023 by Patrick Carpen

Last updated: May 6, 2023 at 23:51 pm

The Tapir is a vehicle named after the Tapir animal perhaps due to its appearance and sturdiness. The Tapir was forged through the late president Burnham’s push for greater self sufficiency. Although some components were imported, the Tapir was Guyana’s first attempt to produce its own automobile in the 70s and 80s.

President Burnham’s vision for Guyanese to produce more and import less was grounded in sound economic policies, but it was enforced in an impractical, inhumane, and brutal manner that resulted in economic stagnation, food shortages, contraband activities, and mass migration.

It is not clear why, but the Tapir can mostly be found in the upper Corentyne area in Region 6 of Guyana, South America. Although a few tapirs still ply the roads of the upper Corentyne area, due to the prolific importation of more modern automobiles, the Tapir will soon become a relic of Guyana’s post independence struggles.

So, what do you know about the Tapir? Tell us in the comments.

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