[www.inewsguyana.com] –Supporters and sympathizers of the political opposition, particularly A Partnership for National Unity today (December 09), continued their protest action outside the Office of the President but this time there were no loud chanting nor did protesters carry any placards.
Demonstrators who were mostly cladded in black marched silently; symbolic to the mourning of the death of democracy in Guyana.
But Opposition Leader David Granger believes it is more than symbolic; he explained that it marks the mood of majority of Guyanese who feel that democracy is not alive here.
Granger said the accumulative impact of President Donald Ramotar’s last three addresses, which saw the prorogation of Parliament and more recently a promise to call early general elections next year, have contributed to the death of democracy.
“Its accumulative impact has killed democracy, it is the death of the 10th Parliament and the death of the trust people had in the PPP Executive,” Granger added.
While the President’s promise to call elections early next year, ahead of its 2016 due date, has been welcomed by the Opposition, it feels the President is still buying time and should have announced a date already to bring an end to the abnormal situation where Guyana is being governed with a non-functional Parliament.
The Private Sector Commission (PSC) had made a proposal to the Opposition to end the almost three year gridlock which was escalated when the Opposition brought a No – Confidence Motion against the government.
Yesterday, the PSC expressed disappointment that the proposal was not considered by the Opposition.
In response, Granger said today that the proposal was one that should have been addressed to the President, who blocked all the initiatives they mentioned when he prorogued Parliament on November 10.
“President Ramotar is the author of this mischief… and the PSC ought to have addressed their concerns to him,” Granger told Reporters.
The APNU has been protesting for more than two months outside the President’s Office; initially its cause was geared towards putting pressure on the President to name a date for long overdue local government elections but after November 10 it became what has been referred to as a pro – democracy protest.