Guyana continues military mobilization against Venezuela aggression

Soldiers marching through the streets. [iNews' Photo]

By Jomo Paul

Brigadier Mark Phillips addressing the troops. [iNews' Photo[
Brigadier Mark Phillips addressing the troops. [iNews’ Photo]
[] – The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) is continuing with its mobilization of the armed forces in direct response to a show of force by the Venezuelan Army on the border it shares with Guyana.

Early Saturday morning (September 26), GDF Soldiers marched through the streets of Georgetown, with one camp coming from Providence on the East Bank of Demerara and the other from Plaisance on the East Coast of Demerara.

Similar mobilisation exercises also took place on the Linden Soesdyke Highway, Anna Regina and Berbice.

Guyana and Venezuela are currently embroiled in a bitter controversy after the neighbouring state recently made a claim of Guyana two thirds of Guyana’s territory. The claimed area also includes the Stabroek Block in which ExxonMobil recently made a significant oil discovery.

Recently, the situation escalated with the presence of “extraordinary” amounts of troops on the Venezuelan side of the border. Additionally, Venezuela has also deployed naval vessels laden with high-powered weapons in the Cuyuni River.

Chief of Staff of the GDF, Brigadier Mark Phillips told the soldiers at Camp Ayangana this morning that they should stand ready to defend Guyana’s borders.

Soldiers marching through the streets. [iNews' Photo]
Soldiers marching through the streets. [iNews’ Photo]
“We are ready to ensure that we have peace throughout Guyana. We are defending Guyana, we are defining aggression on our frontier because we want to have peace in our country,” said the Brigadier.

The Brigadier pointed out that Guyana’s President, David Granger is currently at a United Nations Summit and it is hoped that there will be a positive outcome as it relates to the Guyana/Venezuela issue.

“The whole of Guyana is looking at us…I urge you to remain fit and ready to defend Guyana. Remain alert to the threats against Guyana. We don’t want war, we want peace,” said Phillips.

Meanwhile, President Granger is expected to participate in a meeting with Venezuela’s Maduro on Sunday, September 27 in New York, which will be facilitated by the United Nations.



  1. Diplomacy is the best weapon ,those who have nothing good to say about Guyana should hold there tongue ,Intelligent people think before speaking

  2. They flushed ROGER KHAN out to jail,if you new anything about the BUXTON issue and why it was difficult for both the army and police to deal with the CRIMINAL gang that was not supported by any political party but just criminals terrorizing the people who had very little choice but to support them, many ppl from society and from the joint services lost their lives, If many of you who refused to support your own government in 23 yrs the fight against crime would stop. Stop depending on the nation you hate for protection and start protecting yourself, JOIN THE ARMED Forces and experience life as a SOLDIER OR POLICE,,,,,,THANKS TO THE JOINT SERVICES

  3. Bobby, if you follow the history of war, recently and historically big gun don`t always win you the war. Afghanistan for instance, Russians, American and the rest of the world still couldn`t beat the Taliban and the mojahideen . Well coordinated guerrilla warfare and special forces attacks does wonders.


  5. So he can sabotage the country like he did to our armed forces. Our military went backward under his presidency due to fear. The man is a coward in more ways than one and I hope he stays in his hole on this one. So Anand go and kiss his A*! somewhere else.

  6. Uncle Sam stepped into Grenada when Castro and his ‘bandidos’ tried to take control. Sure the same will happen here if that lunatic tries to touch Guyana. Oil is the name of the game..prices may be low now, but will rise again for sure..

  7. What should have been important is for the Guyanese people to see equipment. Bodies are fine but equipment is better, I wanted to see stinger shoulder held surface to air missiles, I wanted to see howitzers, mobile rocket launchers, tank killing missiles etc. How do you shoot down an attack helicopter? How do you prevent an F16 aircraft from reaching Gtown? Guyana has been weakened by racial infighting, political sabotage, theft and all forms of corruption. Suriname has strengthen their army, they have helicopters, they have prop anti insurgency aircraft. We have allowed Guyana to slide into a deh bad country above Haiti. This is a wake up call, if we do not learn now we will never learn.

  8. You people should run and hide. what weapon you have that can defend Guyana. You think America is going to send their troops to help. Go and talk to these people that the only option out. The army Guyana have those will run and hide if there is dispute. so please talk. if you cant do it Granger, send Dr. Barat Jagdeo


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