The Private Sector Commission (PSC) has condemned the recent actions of protestors at Buxton on the East Coast of Demerara during the arrest of a man who was allegedly caught with a significant quantity of drugs.

The commission in a statement pointed out that this is not the first instance in which displeasure with drug trafficking arrests has been met with violent actions against drivers and businesses.

“This is not the first time that there has been an outbreak of violence on the East Coast of Demerara involving the robbing and beating of innocent people,” the PSC said.

The commission further noted that once again, there has been a “complete breakdown of law and order” which it believes has been encouraged to some degree without serious implications.

“It has been allowed to continue for much too long before being brought under control by law enforcement and with the police seen to be standing by and doing nothing,” the PSC said.

It further noted that the actions of some ill-will persons are aimed at the deliberate destruction of personal, public, and private property and assets, and the disruption of public transportation.

“We strongly denounce the violent protest action which followed an intelligence-led operation involving the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) in the vicinity of Buxton, East Coast Demerara on February 1, 2023,” the PSC said.

The commission said it looks forward to and expects that the perpetrators will be immediately apprehended and brought to justice. It said too that it will be requesting a meeting with the Ministry of Home Affairs on the matter soon.


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