[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has rejected an invitation to take part in the celebrations organised for Guyana’s 49th Anniversary of Independence set for Tuesday May 26.
The Party said it will will be observing the Guyana’s Independence anniversary on May 26th, at a grand public meeting to be held at Port Mourant, Corentyne.
“The Party fully considered the invitation and has decided that in light of a series of unsavoury, undemocratic and unpopular developments over the past week and today that it will not participate in the wreath-laying event,” a release from Freedom House said on Monday.
According to the Party, on its assumption to office in 1992, the PPP brought back the observance of Independence to the status of a national event and the celebration of a national holiday.
“Since then the anniversary has been observed every year by the PPP/C administration and the people of Guyana at all ten administrative regions of the Republic. It was the PNC regime that downgraded the anniversary to a non-event relegating it to virtual obscurity throughout the land,” the release stated.
PPP is claiming that the defacto (President) Granger-led administration’s” wreath laying event is therefore the mere re-branding of the event against the background of a number of undemocratic developments.”
This year’s Independence celebrations are a deviation from the norm with a wreath laying ceremony scheduled for the Independence Arch on Brickdam and a grand celebration at the National Stadium on May 26.