AFC Councillor, 18 farmers charged for illegal protest in Essequibo

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Unpaid/disgruntled Rice farmers burning on the Essequibo Coast.
Unpaid/disgruntled Rice farmers burning on the Essequibo Coast.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Nineteen farmers who were involved in an unlawful protest and riot last Friday night were placed on $5,000 bail each when they appeared before Essequibo Magistrate, Sunil Scarce this morning [Tuesday, July 08] in the Anna Regina Magistrate’s court.

According to Police statements, it is alleged that on July 4, Alliance For Change (AFC) Councillor Naith Ram along with eighteen other farmers assembled at Land of Plenty unlawfully protesting. The protest turned ugly on Friday night (July 04), where they burned tyres, blocked roads and assaulted several police officers.

The farmers protested the late payment for their produce from rice millers.

Prosecutor Haimwant Rameshwak did not object to bail and told the Court that advice has been sought into the matter. The nineteen farmers were granted bail on the grounds that they have to report to the station every Saturday.

Naith Ram and Tajpersaud Seecharran were listed as instigators of the protest and were charged individually. The two farmers were charged for assaulting peace officers and conducting a meeting without permission. They were placed on $20,000 bail individually for assaulting the peace officers and $5,000 for the other offence.

 

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