By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – A group of right activists and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) gathered outside the Head Office of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) Eve Leary Georgetown on April 01, as they expressed dissatisfaction with the spate of recent violent crimes and the perceived inability of the police to apprehend those responsible.
The protest action was organised as a part of activities planned for Sexual Assault Awareness month which is being observed internationally throughout the month of April.
Organiser of the protest, Roxanne Myers told iNews that “the slow pace of apprehensions, investigations and trials has undoubtedly contributed to the brazen actions of perpetrators and prevalence of these crimes.”
She is adamant that the State has a responsibility to protect Guyana’s citizenry and it must live up to that mandate.
Meanwhile, Rights of the Child Commissioner Nicole Cole expressed outrage at the State’s wanton failure to protect its populace.
“We are here to say to the state that you have a responsibility to protect your citizens and you’re dereliction your duties…we are not safe in Guyana it’s not a safe place for us to liv,” she said.
Cole, who was saddled with a placard urging persons not to come to Guyana, said the country has rampant “domestic terrorism.”
She told iNews “we cannot take platitudes from law enforcement anymore…this is dangerous we need to act….issues affecting women need to be addressed…We have domestic terrorism…it’s not safe for us.”
Cole also expressed dissatisfaction with the government’s inability to provide rape kits for law men deeming it “wholly unacceptable.”
This is not a game, this is not poker; this is not cricket; this is not football – this is people’s lives that we are playing with.”
Other activists on the protest line pointed out the need for Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) testing to be done at the Guyana Forensic Science Laboratory in Turkeyen.
Organisations present included Rainbow House, Help & Shelter, SASOD, Red Thread, Citizens Against Rape and Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association.