Ethnic Cleansing in Guyana
Photo : President David Granger
I emigrated from Guyana 46 years ago. When I lived there in the 1960s and early 1970s there was a level of racial harmony between the two major racial groups- Indo and Afro-Guyanese. There was a 50-50 balance in teaching and civil services with Afro-Guyanese having a slight advantage in the Public Service. Police and army had an approximate 75-25% in favour of Afro-Guyanese.
Forty-six years later what do you see? There is a complete sweep and total domination of all branches of government employment by Afro-Guyanese. Teaching Service today is 80-20%, Civil Service 90-20%, Police 95-5%, Army 95-5% in favour of Africans. Teacher's College and the University are also dominated by Afro-Guyanese 75-25%.
Arriving at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Customs and Immigration are a clean sweep in favour of Africans. Where did all the Indo-Guyanese go these last 46-years? They are becoming an invisible. Meanwhile we know from census that Indo-Guyanese are the largest ethnic group living there. There should be a Commission to study this problem.
What we have today is a perceived Afro-Guyanese government. And, the PNC has come back with a vengeance to further reduce the presence of Indians in all branches of government.
The Granger–led PNC government has a secret plan to further reduce and minimize the presence of Indians in all departments of government.
This naked discrimination is an affront the Indo-Guyanese people to destroy them. It is nothing short of ethnic cleansing. It is as if PNC have a secret master plan to drive Indians out of the country. The shutting down of sugar industry is bound to drive another 5-10% of the electorate out of the country.
In the 1960s the national conversation on discrimination was mainly on the imbalances in the army and police forces. Today it has spread its tentacles to all branches of government services.