By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – A small group of persons, including social and political activists on Tuesday June 09, mounted a protest in front of the Venezuelan Embassy on Thomas street, against a recent decree by Venezuelan President, Nicholas Maduro which laid further claims to Guyana’s territory in which oil was recently discovered.
Leader of the Independent Party, Mark Benschop was one of the protesters who urged the Guyana government to take a more radical approach in dealing with the issue given the fact that diplomatic attempts in the past proved futile.
In this regard, he pointed out that it is high time Venezuelan Ambassador to Guyana Reina Margarita Arratia Diaz be declared ‘persona non grata’ and sent packing to her homeland.
“My advice would be a radical one in finally confronting this matter. Recall our Ambassador from Venezuela and send the Venezuelan Ambassador packing. This government must send a strong message to Venezuela,” said Benschop when asked what his advice to the government of the day would be.
He added that Venezuela’s continued claims on Guyana’s territory must cease given that the Geneva Convention already pronounced on the issue in favour of Guyana.
“It must stop. Venezuela have to stop being greedy. The politicians in Venezuela must stop playing emotional politics with their people…that is why we are out here to tell the Venezuelan’s government, basically just go to hell,” the politician stated.
Another activist, Don Gomes posited that the President of Venezuela has no right to lay a claim on Guyana’s territory especially since the area was usually found to have oil.
“The President of Venezuela have no right claiming Guyana…the people of Venezuela have a choice to choose a new president. He doesn’t represent all of them and they should get rid of him,” said Gomes.
Meanwhile, Commissioner on the Rights of the Child Commission, Nicole Cole opined that President Maduro may have lost his ability to process rational thoughts in the issuance of the decree claiming Guyana’s territory.
“The Essequibo is Guyana’s…the decree that he issues is illegal and it speaks of a mind that has lost its rationale. So he may be muy loco, muy muy loco. He has lost his mind. We are not prepared to give up the Essequibo.”
“We have friends, those friends are going to come to our rescue,” she added.