THE main Opposition People's National Congress Reform (PNC/R) is frowning
at allegations that its "announced intention to work for the removal"
of the present Government, is seditious.
At the party's weekly news conference yesterday, PNC/R
Central Executive member, Mr. Raphael Trotman said that as an opposition party,
the PNC/R is "in the business of trying to get the government of the day
out of office" and to have itself "as the alternate government".
"(There is nothing wrong with) any statement
which says that as an opposition party, we are attempting to remove the Government",
However, he said the party is not talking about or
has ever talked about removal by "force of arms".
"We stand firm that it is our business to expose...oppose...and
depose...them (the Government). We will continue to do that and we see nothing
wrong with that. We are not saying that we will do so by force of arms,"
"Throughout every corner of this earth, there
have been instances where people feel and have felt that the government sitting
on their backs is not what they desire and they have
taken moves to force resignations. If that happens, so be it to the
(ruling) PPP/Civic", he declared.
Note: (Report above taken from the Chronicle, June 18, 2002). Please
consider our questions below and views.
opposition parties are in the business of winning elections-singly
or as a coalition. They do not talk about "deposing" or "removing"
an elected government - such language is reserved for the use
of methods other than elections, like the USA "deposing"
Saddam Hussein. But the PNC has never been a normal political party; it never
(singly) won an election, and always relied on violence and force of arms, in
and out of office, against both Indians and Blacks.
2) Assuming opposition
parties are in the business of removing the elected government of the day, why
make this obvious statement, and why NOW? The other opposition parties
(e.g., WPA-GAP or ROAR) have never done this, and see no need to utter such inflammatory
3) The main question now becomes: "By what
mean does the PNC/R intend to remove
the PPP/C government, if it says that it is not by violence/force (that is,
'force of arms')?"
4) What does "force of arms" mean?
Does it only mean violence through the army/police, or does it accommodate also
for violence used by PNC-networked criminals whose crimes have made Guyana destabilize
enough for the PNC to do its dirty works, like making this statement? What matter
where and how the violence comes, as long as it disrupts normal life? Isn't it
illegal and treasonable if it leads to the overthrown of a legally elected, democratic
government? Sure it does.
5) What is the psychological impact of this statement
when it hits the mind of the average PNC/R supporter? Is it to act as a prelude/warning
to PNC/R to prepare them for the big showdown? To prepare die-hard PNC/R supporters
to be ready to strike out at the enemy and the supporters of the enemy?
Consider this part of their statement; "
have taken moves to force resignations"-WHAT moves are these?
Do these include the carefully orchestrated criminal acts (possibly the Mash jailbreak)
by radical members of the PNC/R, to make Guyana "ungovernable"?
This statement could only come from the PNC/R. It shows how powerful the PNC/R
is today, that there is nothing that the government can do about it. Further,
this statement only demonstrates that if a 52% (majority) electorate cannot be
allowed to govern in Guyana, with the PNC/R in "opposition," then it
clearly means that NO democratic government can rule; no non-Black/PNC/R government.
If this does not tell the supporters of all other political parties something,
nothing else will. Separation is the only answer to
this kind of right-to-rule politics.