Linden protesters to be buried Emancipation Day


THE three men, who were shot and killed, more than a week ago, during the protest over the hike in electricity rates, will be laid to rest on Emancipation Day. Following the burial, a home-made commemorative ‘plaque’ will be erected at the western end of the Wismar-Mackenzie Bridge in the mining town, it was announced on Sunday by Region Ten (Upper Demerara/Berbice) Chairman Sharma Solomon.
He said there may be a viewing for the public at Square of the Revolution in Georgetown but that is yet to be confirmed.
Solomon said that the men will be buried at the Bamia Cemetery, along Soesdyke/Linden Highway, after one funeral service for the trio.
The deceased, Shemroy Bouyea, Ron Somerset and Allan Lewis were killed when police opened fire on protesters who had occupied the Wismar-Mackenzie Bridge, on July 18.
They had been in a large crowd protesting and their killing heightened tension in the township where roads and bridges were blocked and fires set as the Joint Services tried to clear the blockages but with very little success up to press time.
The protest has since prolonged and shut businesses in the township.
Meanwhile, the police in a press release, said they had cleared the bridge, opened the road corridor and informed President Donald Ramotar of the accomplishment by the Joint Services, which will continue to maintain the opening to vehicular traffic to and from the Linden community.