By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Residents of Plaisance, East Coast Demerara are up in arms over Government’s move to take a large plot of land from the community to plant cane by GuySuco; however, residents are claiming that the land has been abandoned for over 15 years.
This morning, Wednesday October 1, scores of residents were on the road protesting with placards and chanting against developmental works, which began on the land.
The residents are demanding that Government give them a portion of the land so that they can build homes for their families, instead of renting them.
“We are not prepared to handle that because they already thief a big portion of the land up the front, they thief a big part of the burial ground and we’re not prepared to handle that anymore,” one resident said.
Meanwhile, residents also protested in front of the Neighborhood Democratic Council (NCD) against attempts by the administration to remove the overseers.
The protest action began on Sunday, September 28. Elections Manager for the ECD for A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Shawn Austin, last week told iNews that the residents were removed from the plot of land where construction is ongoing “so that Government can give to its friends.”
Austin is of the view that Minister of Local Government, Norman Whittaker should have engaged the residents of the community in an effort to have the specific area regularized and developed.
He made it clear that the residents will stand up against Government’s injustice against them.