16th of September, 2021. Region 9, Guyana, South AmericaLast updated: September 16, 2021 at 17:43 pm
Brazilian residents are determined to demonstrate the gravity of the situation that they are faced with – the closure of the Guyana/Brazil border which has severely affected the lives and livelihoods of the people on the Brazil side of the border. True to their word, the Brazilians remained resolute that this one-sided closure of the border which caters for goods entering Guyana every Thursday is unfair. A complete blockage of traffic from early this morning to late this afternoon caused about 50 loaded trucks to stall at the border. Some were forced to turn back while others may stay overnight at the border hoping the situation will change tomorrow, Friday. Meanwhile, Guyanese authorities have stuck to their their position that the border cannot be opened due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
At one point during the day, the Brazilian police came and spoke to the protestors. The Brazilian police told the protestors that they can protest, but that they cannot block the main highway (BR-401) leading from Boa Vista to Bonfim. However, the police told the protestors that they were free to protest by blocking a location closer to the border without affecting the main highway. The residents then rearranged their vehicles to maintain a blockage of the traffic into Guyana without interrupting Brazil’s BR-401 Highway.
President of the Rupununi Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Daniel Gajie, said that shortage of essential goods now looms over the Rupununi due to the protests and blockage of the border. The authorities in Guyana are willing to let the trucks cross tomorrow (Friday), but it is not clear at this point if the protestors will relent and unblock the traffic.