This piece is in reference to an editorial titled
“Impasse” (SN 3/26) by Stabroek News; “The
PNCR has confined its campaign to the matter of the death squad
and the alleged links of that group to government officials. But
if it asks the government to agree to an investigation, it too
must be prepared to allow the entire context of what occurred
to be explored. If we are going to have honesty, let it be complete
honesty from everyone, and not just from one side of the divide.”
I agree. If we are to know who did the paying
on one side, let us know who is doing the plotting on the other.
If the Rule of Law is to apply in defense of the Black citizens
who have been murdered, it must be applied equally in the defense
of the Indian (and Portuguese etc.) citizens who have been raped,
murdered, and robbed by these Black citizens. The rights of the
criminals killed by the phantoms are no more important than the
rights of the people killed and otherwise violated by these criminals.
If the public must know the names of those who financed the phantoms,
likewise the puplic must also know of ,
the public must know about those who:
1. Organized, approved, and financed the
Mash Day breakout.
2. Advised and ordered the escapees and gangs in their day-to-day
criminal operations such as the Rose Hall siege.
3. Collected the fortunes from these crimes and where are they
When the PNC says it’s concerned about
crime, one has to be suspicion. After all, historically, the PNC
leadership never condemned criminal violence related to the Mash
Day escapees. Certainly not Mr. Hoyte; according to him, the “cause”
of Buxton was “just.” Perhaps the new PNC leadership
will improve on this—and by leadership, I do not mean subordinate
PNC members moved to writing letters in the press after they witnessed
the unthinkable; Black criminals violating Black citizens!
Let the new PNC leader address the issue of ethic-related
criminal disobedience publicly. Let him condemn not only crimes
brought against the Black community (his constituents), but also
crimes coming from within this Black community.
Since one of the goals of this new leader is
to attract Indian voters (as he claimed), this ought to be a good
time to demonstrate his party’s legitimate concerns about
the human rights welfare of these voters. If his concern about
“rule” and “law” stretch beyond the issues
of extra-judicial killings, then one would expect his party to
head into Buxton where, surprisingly, all the good people who
supposedly re-took that village a few months ago have suddenly
Given that at least 15 armed men are collecting
6 million to finance some shadowy campaign that apparently, the
phantoms stopped momentarily, it is unsure if names and investigations
will serve us any good, since we already have to deal with this
new group. There is a dark sail on the horizon.
Note: This article was originally published in Stabroek
News as "Inquiry must extend to those who helped organise
the operations of the escaped criminals," on March 28th,
2004, approximately one week after the Rule of Law March.]