“No Justice, No Peace”, were the cries of hundreds of protesters from all across the nation who gathered at the Square of the Revolution today to stand in solidarity with the family of 16-year-old Isaiah Henry and 19-year-old Joel Henry who were found brutally murdered on Sunday at a coconut farm at Cotton Tree, West Coast Berbice.
Their lifeless bodies were found with chops to their necks, heads, and face.
Persons were seen carrying signs emblazoned with the lad’s identities, while other signs read “their lives were worth more than coconuts”. They were standing in lines in front of the 1763 Monument, forming a chain around the recently painted Black Lives Matter sign while holding their placards.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, activist groups along with nongovernmental organisations were determined to draw national attention to the shocking, tragic deaths of the teens.
Organizer of the event Eden Corbin told this publication “It is clear that Guyana, with the response, that all of these persons are aware, that we are sensitize…I am very much happy that the people of Guyana are willing to lend their support, even If it was to come and to stand up and to lend their support.”
Meanwhile, at the scene persons were seen kneeling, while mothers were crying and rolling on the floor pouring out their condolences to the family of the boys.
The ghastly murder of the teen boys has prompted protests across the country.
A mother of four, Vanessa Nurse who was present at the protest, said “I am here because I am a mother of four, I have two boys and this could have been my sons….”
Present at the protest were also several Members of Parliament of the APNU/AFC Opposition.
The badly mutilated bodies of the two young men were discovered almost one day after they went missing.
The Guyana Police Force has announced that seven persons are now in custody of the teens.
Three of those persons are a 57-year-old man upon whose estate there were what appeared to be bloodstains, a handyman who worked with the estate owner, and the estate owner’s son.
Meanwhile, in an update today on the investigation, Commissioner of Police (ag) Nigel Hoppie said investigators are still on the ground.