Guyana Foreign Min Picketed in NYC -- Laughed at President Trump
Braving a heavy downpour of rain and high winds, dozens of Guyanese mounted a picketing exercise against Foreign Minister Carl Greendige (and his UN delegation) in front of the United Nations on the morning of September 25. A picketing exercise was held in front of the building where Greenidge spoke at York College on Saturday September 29. Greendige was in New York to attend to the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in late September. He was accompanied by several members of the government.
The York College picketing exercise was organized by the Guyana America Democracy Project (GADP) and Guyanese Solidarity Movement NY (GSM-NY). The September 25th rally was organized by GSM-NY picketing in front of the United Nations where Carl Greenidge and Guyana's delegation were attendees. President Donald Trump spoke at the UN early in that morning. Witnesses say that Greendige and the Guyana delegation were seen laughing at President Trump as the popular President claimed credit for several achievements under his watch in the US.
Some of the placards read: "UN must take more active role in Guyana's elections", "Stop political and racial discrimination in Guyana", US and UN must uphold democracy in Guyana", among others.
On Saturday, September 29th, Greenidge addressed a very sparse crowd at York College on developments in Guyana. The protesters mounted their pickets right in front of the entrance. But Greenidge used a back door.
Both picketing exercises attracted dozens of protestors who were very vocal about the undemocratic practices and other related problems in their former homeland. The protesters called for free and fair elections in Guyana. They claim that the problems Guyana is experiencing are the creation of the APNU/AFC government in Guyana.
The picketing exercise was such a huge success that the Minister, instead of facing and dialoguing with the picketers at the front entrance as he was so billed to appear, chose to clandestinely enter the building through a back entrance thus avoiding the picketers.