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Police Fire Tear Gas, Rubber Pellets into Crowd of Protestors on West Coast Berbice

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7th of September, 2020. Guyana, South America

Last updated: September 7, 2020 at 20:58 pm

Police this evening, 7th of September, 2020, fired rubber pellets and tear gas to disburse a crowd of protestors who were obstructing the roads along the West Coast of Berbice, Guyana, South America.

The protestors had gathered to protest the slaying of two youths in Cotton Tree, West Coast Berbice, Guyana, South America. The youths were found brutally murdered yesterday, 6th of September, 2020 in a coconut farm in Cotton Tree Village, West Coast Berbice. Since then, there has been nationwide outrage and outcries for justice for the slain teens.

President Ali has since assured the nation that a swift and forceful investigation will ensue to ensure that the perpetrators of this heinous crime are brought to justice as earlier as possible. As of 8 PM this evening, 7th of September, the police announced that they have so far arrested 5 persons who are assisting with investigations into the matter.

The police had earlier issued several warnings to the protestors to desist from unlawful behavior. Here is an excerpt from a post made on the Guyana Police Force Facebook Page:

The Guyana Police Force wishes to state that when protest action degenerates into unlawful acts, infringing on the rights of other citizens and putting the protection of life and the safeguard of property at risk, the GPF will consequently take the appropriate action against perpetrators.

One citizen posted on Facebook this evening:

“The police shot up my mother with pellets…I’m effing angry.” She posted the following photos.

Meanwhile, the police have attempted to explain the pressure they were faced with before they resorted to such actions.

After several hours of exercising tolerance with the protestors who blocked the main thoroughfare along West Coast Berbice the police had no choice but to take all necessary action to clear same.

Guyana police force – 7th of September, 2020 @ 8 PM

The GPF also posted the following photos depicting scenes on the roadways where residents used old vehicles, rocks, a truck and other material to obstruct the roadways.

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