The Guyana Police Force is adamant that the shifting of the barriers at the Monday May 8 sitting of the National Assembly was not to keep protestors from protesting but the extension of the barriers were directly related to the security of Parliament.
The Police Force in a release responding to an article in today’s Edition of the Stabroek News under the caption “Barriers shifted to keep protesters away from Parliament-Traffic Chief”, Traffic Chief Dion Moore is refuting claims that he told any reporter that the barriers around Parliament were in response to protesters.
The police is claiming that the enhanced security arrangement was put in place because of a connection to terrorist incidents occurring in various countries around the world, some of which are perpetrated by self-radicalised persons.
However Guyana has never and violent terror act by self-radicalised persons. Pedestrians are also blocked from walking on Brickdam outside Parliament Building. During the session of the National assembly pedestrians were unable to walk Brickdam street in front of Parliament Building and the barriers had been extended from the usual site of just around the Parliament to along Avenue of the Republic up to Regent Street and up to Leopold and Lombard Streets, making it difficult for commuters to access the Stabroek Market from certain sides.