Guyana police killings prompt calls for inquiry

first_img 17 Views   no discussions Tweet Share NewsRegional Guyana police killings prompt calls for inquiry by: – July 20, 2012 Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Home Affairs and National Security Minister Clement Rohee (L) allegedly instructed Police Commissioner Leroy Brummell (R) to fire at protestorsGEORGETOWN, Guyana — The shooting to death by police of three unarmed protestors in Guyana’s mining town of Linden on Wednesday has prompted widespread calls for a government inquiry into the incident.The three shooting victims were part of a large demonstration protesting a 50 percent increase in electricity rates. Protestors reportedly blocked the Wismar Bridge, which facilitates vehicular traffic to and from the country’s vast and natural resources rich hinterland region. This prompted riot police sent in from Georgetown to fire teargas and rubber bullets. Protestors responded by throwing stones and teargas canisters back at police, who responded with live rounds, killing three and wounding dozens. Calling for a Commission of Inquiry into the shooting, Rickford Burke, president of the New York-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID), said, “These killings are a wanton slaughter of African-Guyanese by Guyana police. The peoples of the Caribbean region must express outrage at these killings and solidarity with the black population in Guyana.”Sharma Solomon, regional chairman of Region Ten – Upper Demerara/Berbice, the geographic and local government administration with jurisdiction over Linden, on Wednesday confirmed that three males have been killed, including Ron Somerset, a Guyana Defense Force officer. Solomon also confirmed several injuries and said many were admitted to hospital. Demerara Waves news service has quoted the chairman as saying the town was “in pandemonium.”Burke said the buck stopped at President Donald Ramotar and Home Affairs and National Security Minister Clement Rohee who allegedly instructed Police Commissioner Leroy Brummell to fire at protestors. He also urged opposition leader Brigadier David Granger to be more assertive, saying, “I hope Mr Granger as leader of the party that is the political representative of the people of Linden will relinquish his non-confrontational posture and adopt political measures to wrest from the government a genuine account of the chain of command and who issued the orders to shoot. He must also understand that his supporters expect him to ensure criminal prosecutions must be a consequence of any inquiry or a term of resolution of this horrific incident.” Late Wednesday night several government buildings were reportedly ablaze, including the offices of the government’s Inland Revenue Department. Prime Minister Samuel Hinds further angered residents with a statement condemning the protest and expressing regret at the disruption of business. He made no reference to the killings nor offered any form of condolences. The police have issued a statement calling for calm and the government on Thursday announced that the military has been called out to patrol the town. Ramotar scheduled an emergency meeting with Granger, who made an emergency visit to Linden on Wednesday night. He visited shooting victims at the McKenzie hospital as well as grieving relatives of those killed. Granger said on Thursday that country’s commissioner of police should immediately be suspended.Meanwhile, Ramotar said he regrets the deaths and injuries caused by the shootings and that authorities will open an investigation once calm is restored to the area. Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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Badgers split in opening weekend

first_imgThe No. 1-ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team played its season opening series this weekend, fighting to a 1-1 split against a tough Minnesota-Duluth team.The Badgers won Sunday’s game at the Kohl Center in dramatic fashion with a 4–3 overtime victory. With UW trailing 3–2 in the third period, freshman forward Tia Hanson scored her first goal as a Badger when she put a loose rebound into the net, tying the score at 3–3 with less than four minutes remaining.Wisconsin completed the comeback victory just 53 seconds into the overtime period. With the two teams playing four-on-four due to offsetting penalties, Badgers’ forward Sara Bauer deflected defenseman Bobbi-Jo Slusar’s shot from the point for the winning goal. It was Bauer’s first goal of the season, with assists on the winning goal being credited to Slusar and forward Jinelle Zaugg.Much of the game, however, didn’t go the Badgers’ way. After freshman forward Erika Lawler scored her first career goal on a breakaway for the Badgers, the Bulldogs responded with a pair of goals before the end of the period.A slap shot from the stick of Bulldogs’ forward Michaela Lanzl tied the game at the 14:19 mark of the first period, and then defenseman Rachael Drazan put the Bulldogs ahead a little more than two and a half minutes later with an even-strength goal.Drazan threw a weak, fluttering shot on goal. Screened by her own defense, the Badgers’ senior goaltender Meghan Horras was unable to see the puck until it had reached the back of the net for a Bulldog goal.The Badgers dodged a bullet in the middle of the third period while trying to come back from the 3-2 deficit. The Bulldogs launched a barrage of shots, three of which hit the pipe in the span of just two minutes. Fortunately for UW, none of the shots reached the back of the net. This seemed to be the turning point of the game, as the Badgers used that fortune to shift the momentum in their favor and score the final two goals.In contrast to Sunday’s victory, Saturday’s game was a game of missed opportunities and hard luck. The Badgers lost 5-2 despite out-shooting the Bulldogs 36 to 25 in addition to receiving 16 minutes of powerplay time. With the game tied 2-2 at the start of the third period, UW freshman forward Kayla Hagan missed a penalty shot, which was promptly followed by an injury to junior forward Meaghan Mikkelson. Bulldogs’ forward Micheala Lanzl received a two minute penalty for cross-checking Mikkelson, who went hard into the boards. She left Saturday’s game after taking several minutes to get up off the ice and was unable to play Sunday.”[Mikkelson] won’t be around for a while,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “That’s obviously a hole we had to fill tonight and [she’s] somebody that we’ll miss, but that’s part of our business and part of our game. But she’ll be out for a little while.”Due to the penalty on Lanzl and an unrelated penalty, the Badgers received a minute and a half of a five-on-three advantage, but were unable to convert the opportunity into goals. The momentum then shifted to the Bulldogs, who scored an ensuing powerplay goal and even-strength goal less than two minutes apart, making the score 4-2. They would also add an open-net goal in the closing seconds of the period after Bauer was robbed by Bulldogs’ goalie Riitta Schaublin.Despite the disappointing loss Saturday, Johnson was quick to point to the bright sides of both games, finding reason for optimism going into next weekend’s home match-up against Vermont.”The whole thing is about seeing who likes playing against the competition and we played six young players tonight and last night,” Johnson said. “So hopefully we’ll be able to roll from this, and they [the Bulldogs] are one of the better teams in the country. Last night [Saturday] was a very good game … I thought we played well; I thought our powerplay did not do well.””Tonight [Sunday] was sort of a different game. Both teams played well at certain points and we were able to make a comeback and win it in overtime so hopefully that will springboard toward our next game.”last_img read more

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Banged-up Bucks made ‘right call’ to sit starters against Nuggets

first_imgEric Bledsoe is also dealing with an injury, but Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer did not play Khris Middleton, Donte DiVincenzo, Marvin Williams or Brook Lopez at all against the Nuggets.With a playoff spot already secured and a healthy lead over the Raptors at the top of the Eastern Conference, Korver — who scored 23 points — understood why the decision was made to manage minutes for key players.”Different guys are banged up,” Korver told the media. “We’ve got a good home stretch coming up here and we want to get right. Guys have nicks and knacks and you take care of it. We’ve got some important games coming up, so it was definitely the right call.” Kyle Korver insisted the Bucks made the right call in resting some of their starters despite slipping to a third successive loss on Monday.Giannis Antetokounmpo missed the 109-95 defeat to the Nuggets as he is sidelined with a minor knee sprain, his status to be evaluated again ahead of this week’s home game with the Celtics. Kyle dropped a season-high 23 PTS and shot 53% FG. pic.twitter.com/ngOLjBcxOa— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) March 10, 2020Budenholzer was pleased with the performance of those who did feature against Denver, revealing he opted to go with the “freshest bodies” at the end of a three-game road trip.”This was the group that gave us our best chance,” he said. “Every night in the league you need something different. I thought we needed a lot of energy tonight going against a good Denver team. We were right there. This group put us right where we wanted to be. We just weren’t quite able to get it done.”At some point, you go with the kind of freshest bodies in certain situations. Those other guys are good, available and I told them to be ready. But we went with the group we did because we thought that was the best thing tonight.”last_img read more

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