The head of a pro-Black rights group in Guyana is accusing the government of playing a role in the sudden unavailability of a venue that was scheduled to host an important town hall meeting.

The meeting, organised by the International Decade for People of African Descent Assembly – Guyana (IDPADA-G) to discuss land issues affecting the African descent community, was scheduled to take place on February 26 at the Guyana Industrial Training Centre (GITC) on Woolford Avenue, Georgetown. However, on the eve of the event, Alexander said that IDPADA-G was informed that the venue was no longer available. He said that no explanation was provided.

The IDPADA-G Chairman said that his organisation has been using the GITC as its preferred venue for public engagements since its inception in 2018. He further noted that the denial of the venue came after the Government withdrew its subvention as of September 2022 and launched a “smear campaign” against the organization.

“The withdrawal of permission to use a public space is in fact an attempt to hamper IDPADA-G from carrying out its mandate by those who have publicly accused IDPADA-G of not carrying out its mandate. It also flies in the face of the constitutional rights of association and assembly,” Alexander noted.




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