– appeals against retribution, criminality
THE MUSLIM Youth Organisation of Guyana (MYO) has called the murders of teenage cousins Joel and Isaiah Henry a savage act and has appealed to the Guyana Police Force to quickly bring the perpetrators to justice.
In a release to the media, the organisation noted that it is easy to cast accusations to the motive behind the murders, but stated that absolutely nothing justifies them.
“We commend the parents of these two young men for their strength and fortitude and pledge to stand with them to ensure justice is served.”
The Henry cousins were killed and their bodies were mutilated over the weekend in the backdam of Cotton Tree.
Up to Wednesday, seven persons were in police custody in relation to the killing of Joel,19, and Isaiah,16, both of Number Three Village, West Coast Berbice.
Over the last few days, protest actions have intensified throughout the county, with some becoming riotous, which has resulted in brutal and bloody attacks on innocent people, and arson and destruction to private properties and vehicles.
Haresh Singh, 17, purported to be the grandson of one of the men in police custody, was also beaten to death on Wednesday morning and his motorbike was torched.
“We further appeal to the protesters not to indulge in any form of criminality such a robbing or beating others; this only harms the noble cause in which you are involved in,” the release noted.
“We are aware that as Muslims in Guyana, all races stand toe to toe with each other in prayer and not in acrimony and hatred.”
In quoting the Quran, the organisation noted the importance of unity in the eyes of God.
“As a Muslim organisation, we adhere to the Quranic dictate from chapter 49 verse 13, ‘O men! Behold, we have created you all out of a male and a female, and have made you into nations and tribes, so that you might come to know one another. Verily, the noblest of you in the sight of God is the one who is most deeply conscious of Him. Behold, God is all-knowing, all-aware.’”
MYO is also calling on all organisations to collectively condemn the murders.