By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com]– Candidate on the list of the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C), Clinton Urling says the incident on Thursday evening in Buxton, East Coast Demerara where members of the PPP/C, including incumbent President, Donald Ramotar were threatened and verbally abused by some residents was “unfortunate.”
Urling told iNews during a telephone interview that the situation was a frightening one for anyone to be in since the residents were very hostile to the PPP members.
Approximately 100 persons in Buxton, mainly supporters of the APNU+AFC coalition, heckled and booed President Ramotar, ministers and other official during a political meeting in the village.
According to Urling, at one point the residents even, “rushed towards the President and tried to block his vehicle from passing, while hurling threats at him.”
“It was very difficult for a number of us to make our presentation…I took the opportunity when they rushed to the President to go in the opposite direction and I was walking going to my car and there were a lot of verbal abuse being hurled at me…I know some people who came up with us but they weren’t on the stage but they felt fearful and they felt threatened by the actions that they felt last night.”
In condemning the action of the residents, Urling noted that while he was head of the social change organization, Blue CAPS, calls were made to political parties to ensure that they “keep it clean.”
“That kind of behavior is the same kind of behavior that we’ve been talking about…and we also asked political parties to look at their own supporters and ensure that their supporters don’t get into that.”
Meanwhile, APNU Co – Chair, Dr Rupert Roopnarine told a news conference on Friday, May 08 noted that
the Coalition will do everything within its power to retrain its supporters from using excessive action.
“There is such a surge of hope among the people that if the detect themselves that there are deliberate attempts to frustrate they will of the electorate, then I fear that the people are going to be very difficult to restrain… we have been very careful to stress that to the people that we want a peaceful election and a peaceful post-election period and we have urged people to stay calm,” Dr Roopnarine said.
He went on to add that even though they continue to call for peace and full acceptance of the elections results post May 11 “a lot of that will depend on the course of events on election day itself…we cannot sit here and tell you that we anticipate throughout the 10 regions of this country that there is going to be absolutely no interference with people’s right to vote, to have their votes counted at the place of poll, we’re doing everything in our power to ensure that it happens.”
Meanwhile, Presidential Candidate of the APNU+AFC, David Granger in defending the residents noted that there was no disorder post the 2011 elections and he believes that the residents are reacting to the provocation by the PPP/C.
“We believe that our supporters are capable and willing to behave in an orderly fashion, the provocation has been coming from the PPP and people are very angry at the murder of Courtney Crum-Ewing and we had to restrain, recently after Mr. Fazil Azeez met us with a delegation he was shot, he has now lost a kidney we felt that it was a provocative action.”