Last night, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) issued a wanted bulletin for anti-government activist US-based Guyanese Rickford Burke. Burke, the Police said, is wanted for a series of offences including sedition and exciting racial hostility. Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon, in a statement on Saturday, condemned the issuance of the wanted bulletin by labelling it as another attempt to silence Burke.
See full text of Harmon’s statement below:
The APNU-AFC Opposition views the issuance of the wanted bulletin by the Guyana Police Force for the President of the Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID), Mr. Rickford Burke, as another attempt to censor dissent.
Since the PPP regime was installed into Government on 2nd August, 2020, Mr. Burke has been on the forefront as a vanguard for democracy and justice, challenging their legitimacy and exposing their racist, totalitarian and evil deeds and this move must be seen for what it is; an attempt to silence him. We condemn this vindictiveness by the Irfaan Ali regime led by Bharat Jagdeo.
The Guyana Police Force should never be used as a weapon against our people and as a tool for suppressing our rights and freedoms which are entrenched in our Constitution. We are all too familiar with the PPP’s history of using state resources to reign terror on those who challenge their undemocratic and autocratic rule.
The PPP’s weaponizing of the state apparatus must not be condoned. All Guyanese must stand against this blatant attempt to degrade and strip citizens of their constitutional freedoms. We cannot allow our country to continue its slow march towards dictatorship.
We must stand firm. The APNU+AFC Opposition calls on all right-thinking Guyanese, both home and abroad, to condemn this vindictive and spiteful act. The APNU+AFC promises to fight against this dictatorship and at the parliamentary level, will be addressing these egregious attempts to use the GPF to stifle the freedom of our citizens.