Police will not condone illegal protests – Home Affairs Minister

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Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee.
Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee.

Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee has reminded of the illegality of blocking public bridges and roads during protest action. The Minister was making reference to the recent blocking of the Kwakwani/Ituni road by residents and minibus operators during protest action over the deplorable state of the same road.

Such actions the Home Affairs Minister noted will not be tolerated by his Ministry nor the Guyana Police force.

Minister Rohee in making his case, quoted from the findings of the recently concluded Linden Commission of Inquiry and the constitution which both states that blocking public roadways and bridges during protest action is illegal.

Rohee says blocking roads and bridges seems to be the “flavor of the day” but expressed the view that it is not the only way to have their voices heard. He says the right to protest carries with it responsibilities and it cannot be done in a manner that will interfere with the right of others.

He made it clear that his ministry is not opposed to protest action but cautioned that it must be done in ways that the law allows. [Kurt Campbell]

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