President Guard denies slapping “intoxicated” heckler

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By Kurt Campbell

FLASHBACK: President Donald Ramotar inspecting the Guard of Honour during Guyana’s 46th Independence Anniversary Celebration in the National Park
FLASHBACK: President Donald Ramotar inspecting the Guard of Honour during Guyana’s 46th Independence Anniversary Celebration in the National Park

[www.inewsguyana.com]–The Presidential Guard Unit has denied that any of its members assaulted an Amerindian School Teacher who heckled the President while he was addressing citizens at a public meeting at Aishalton on Wednesday, December 03.

Speaking to iNews, Head of the Presidential Guard Unit, Rohan Singh said that the Teacher, 29 – year – old John Adams appeared to under the influence of alcohol and disturbed the meeting at the annoyance of others.

“Indeed there was a person heavily under the influence of alcohol who was heckling and disturbing the meeting during the President’s talks and he was spoken to and then escorted a distance away from the meeting,” Singh told iNews.

He added “there were a lot of persons there and nobody said anything. What I was made to understand, at the end of the meeting then this allegation was made that he was manhandled; slapped I don’t know about that but this is what I am hearing.”

Singh also claimed that the allegation was not originally made by the individual who claims to have been assaulted but by another person who is an Opposition supporter.

This morning, the main opposition – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) –called on the Commissioner of Police to mount an immediate investigation into the alleged assault.

The Party claimed that Adams was accosted by the members of the Presidential Guard and told to stop heckling while the President was speaking; when Adams refused he was slapped repeatedly by the guards.

Adams was then chased by the guards and had to seek refuge in the home of Toney James, a resident of Aishalton.

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