The Private Sector Commission (PSC) says it has taken note of, and is deeply concerned with the recent spate of fires across Guyana’s capital, Georgetown. These fires represent an obvious threat to the maintenance of law and good order, the body said in a statement today.

The PSC said that it is more worrying that these fires seem to be directed against institutions that form part of the architecture of civility and law and order; firstly, at the Police Headquarters at Brickdam and now, most recently, in the Eve Leary Police Compound.

Both fires have destroyed police files and state properties. The Eve Leary fire saw documents at the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) being destroyed. The OPR handles complaints made against police ranks including harassment and bribery allegations.

PSC said that “well-known political spokespersons” living in the United States have sought to encourage and publicly promote terrorist activity in Guyana.

“These calls, notably, have included the deliberate setting of fires to create instability in an attempt to make the country ungovernable. These public calls must be condemned by every right-minded citizen. In these circumstances, we urge our government to act swiftly and condignly to utilize all the facilities at its disposal, to protect against this threat to the country’s safety and well-being. The prosperous future of Guyana, which is anticipated by all of us, requires a stable national environment, free from those who are intent on inciting fear and terror to destabilize our country and bring down the government by criminal means,” the PSC noted.


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