The Guyana Police Force (GPF) says that it has noted with “utmost concern” the protest demonstrations on Thursday outside and inside of the Pegasus Hotel, during the Annual Business Luncheon of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA), which saw the activity being interrupted.
In a statement to the media, the force said that while it respects the rights of all citizens to protest and has no objection to persons conducting peaceful protest, disruptions will not be condoned.
Further to that, the GPF noted that its membership throughout the 10 Administrative Regions is on high alert and will endeavour to prevent, and respond whenever necessary to, any such reoccurrence and warns that anyone found in breach of the Law will be dealt with in a “condign manner”.
“When protests degenerate into a series of unlawful acts infringing on the rights of other citizens and putting the protection of life and the safety of property at risk, the Guyana Police Force will as a consequence take the appropriate action in response.” The statement read.
The protest action at the hotel was conducted by opposition supporters who claim that the David Granger-led administration is unconstitutional after the expiration of the three-month period following the validation of the no-confidence motion by the Caribbean Court of Justice. They believe that elections ought to have been held on, or prior to September 18.