PPP remembers Enmore Martyrs

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President of the Guyana Agricultural Workers Union(GAWU) Komal Chand
President of the Guyana Agricultural Workers Union(GAWU) Komal Chand

[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) salutes the memory of the five sugar workers who were shot to death by colonial police on June 16, 1948, some sixty seven (67) years ago.

These five sugar workers-Lalabagee, Pooran , Kisson, Harri and Suurujballi- referred to as the Ennmore Martyrs, remain until this day a lasting monument to the cruel and inhuman nature of the planter-class who in collaboration with the colonial office did everything in their power to protect the interests of the rich and powerful even at the cost of the lives of struggling sugar workers.

According to the PPP, the slaying of the sugar workers left an indelible imprint on the psyche of Dr. Cheddi Jagan, his wife Janet and other leaders who participated in a mass protest action against the brutal slaying of the five sugar workers.

 General Secretary, Clement Rohee, former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, trade unionists Komal Chand and Seepaul Narine along with other supporters and party members.

General Secretary, Clement Rohee, former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, trade unionists Komal Chand and Seepaul Narine along with other supporters and party members.

“Indeed, it was at the graveside of the slain sugar workers that Dr. Jagan made that silent pledge to dedicate his entire life to the cause of the working people against the bonds of oppression and servitude. The shooting to death of the sugar workers can be seen as the catalyst to the formation of the PPP which from its very inception committed itself to improving the lot of the sugar workers and the working people as a whole,” a PPP statement noted.

“The records will show that one of the first action taken by the PPP when it won power in 1953 was to take legislative action to have the Labour Relations Bill passed which would have led to the recognition of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) which had enjoyed the confidence of the overwhelming majority of the sugar workers. It was the attempted passage of the Labour Relations Bill that in the words of Dr. Jagan “brought down the clouds” and resulted in the suspension of the Constitution and the overthrow of the PPP from office after a mere 133 days in office even though the PPP had won a landslide victory having won 18 out of the 24 seats in the Legislative Assembly.”

The PPP also extended its sympathy to the relatives and friends of the slain sugar workers and pledges to ensure that their martyrdom will not go in vain.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Sugar workers were busy bailing out money from GAWU credit union which PPP and GUYSUCO ran bankrupt than what attended this PPP propaganda farce, game up Jagdeo the Guyanese people have nothing to fear from PPP.

  2. This is what happen the Police open fire then and still to this day would do it again they
    won’t do it in Linden,so now is the right time for the people of Linden to pay the right price for Hydro like every other Guyanese come on pay or protest

  3. Two things of note: 1. How do they know that Cheddi made a silent pledge at the graveside of the slain sugar workers? 2. I like the fact that the following sentence is in past tense: “… the PPP which from its very inception committed itself to improving the lot of the sugar workers and the working people as a whole,”. At least they acknowledge that the PPP “committed” itself to improving the lot of sugar workers and the working people as a whole and not that the PPP commits or continues to commit itself to improving the lot of sugar workers…

  4. What an insult to the memory of the slain sugar workers that the PPP has trampled on the sacrifices and gains made by them and others that came after. Imagine the PPP ran the government that owned the sugar industry that hired sugar workers that were represented by GAWU that was affiliated to the PPP, yet the sugar industry is in a massive mess while sugar workers had monies deducted for their credit union only to learn the monies never went to the union.
    And the PPP wants to honor the five sugar workers? What a slap in the grave!!!

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