Georgetown, Guyana – (March 11, 2019) The Government of Guyana strongly condemns as belligerent and inciting, inflammatory statements made by Opposition Leader, Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday at Babu Jaan, Port Mourant, East Berbice-Corentyne (Region Six).

The Opposition Leader was at the time addressing residents of Region Six who gathered to commemorate the birth anniversary of late President Dr. Cheddi Jagan.

“Here in Berbice and right across Guyana when the ministers or [President David] Granger or [Prime Minister Moses] Nagamootoo come here after the 21st of March, you say to them, chase them out,” Mr. Jagdeo said.

The Government deems as irresponsible the call by Mr. Jagdeo for citizens to “chase” President David Granger, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo or any government official.

Mr. Jagdeo’s inciting can result in a breach of the law and must be condemned as unacceptable, malicious and mischievous.

Mr. Jagdeo has a history of wanton utterances and his most recent at Babu Jaan has serious implications on peace, race relations and national security, particularly in an Election Year.

The Government notes that any call to violence or a breach of public order must be deplored.

All Guyanese can be assured, that law enforcement agencies will take action against anyone who engages in unlawful behaviour and any attempts to “chase” the President, Prime Minster or minsters of the government out of any region of Guyana.

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