The Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) is strongly urging leaders, both nationally and at the community levels, to demonstrate responsible behaviour and to not use the pain of the murder or two Berbice teens to heighten racial tension.

Joel Henry, 18, and Isaiah Henry, 16, were murdered in Cotton Tree Backdam, West Coast Berbice over the weekend.

The ERC is calling for swift action by the police to apprehend those responsible. The Commission is pleading with Guyanese, especially those residing on the West Coast Berbice and nearby communities to remain calm and allow the Police to do their work.

This call comes after protest action broke out in the community over the weekend.

“The ERC remains firm that, first and foremost, the law must take its course. The Commission therefore, appeals to Guyanese to desist from any activity which can contribute to unnecessary tension as it is hopeful that those responsible will be brought to justice,” the Commission said.

It added that it remains committed to taking whatever course of action it deems necessary to assist in the de-escalation of tensions and the mending of fractured relations among citizens.

The ERC reiterates that investigations by the Police must first take precedence before the ERC acts to quell any unwanted developments resulting from the tragic occurrences a few days ago.

The ERC extends condolences to the relatives and friends of the young men.


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