Dear Editor,On that most memorable but fateful day of July 16th 1973, Corporal Collins, Privates McKenzie, Layne and London (Blackie) of the GDF, along with Sergeant Ross and Police Constable Seecharran of the Police Force, accompanied Lieutenant Henry. They were armed with tear smoke grenades, respirators, steel helmets, two sub-machine guns, rifles and bayonets. Henry himself was armed with one of the sub-machine gun, Corporal Collins had the other.The PNC tugs, with all their armed might, descended on the Corentyne with the clear intention of taking full control of the ballot boxes and removing the representatives of the other three political parties from around the boxes.Bholanauth Parmanand was shot and killed in the full view of villagers. His wife and four children had to endure the death of the sole bread-winner of their home, as their loving husband and father was ripped from them in the most brutal manner possible.Young Jagan Ramessar was shot and killed, and the army threw him in their vehicle and drove him around as he was kicked and stamped upon. He was paraded around to send a message to the people in Berbice. Approximately five hours later, after he was unspeakably desecrated, he was taken to the New Amsterdam hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Ramessar, only eighteen years old at the time, was brutally murdered by the PNC; and his parents and family still cry in response to the outcome of his sacrificial demise. Parmanand’s immediate family and his friends, forty-five years later, still vividly recall the unbelievably brutal and monstrous debacle that was the 1973 RIGGED Elections.My friend Reshiram Motie and his friends tearfully recounted for me what they witnessed on that fateful day. Motie suffered a broken nose. His body was black and blue, as he was cuffed and kicked. Scores of persons were badly beaten and threatened. Families were humiliated and separated. Still alive, Reshiram Motie remains a genuine activist of the PPP, regardless of the many challenges.During the campaign before July 16th, 1973, it was clear that the PPP meetings attracted massive support, while the PNC’s had a sprinkling of people. Motie, sobbing, told me that when the Elections results were announced and the PNC was declared the winner, the people did not accept the results. Sobbing and trying to hold back his tears, Motie said the PNC terrorists continued to terrorize the Berbicians, as hundreds of people fled their homes to Suriname, while others went into hiding for weeks and months.As we honour the supreme sacrifices of these two men in the fight for free and fair elections, Motie has said he is disappointed to see some people, like Moses Nagamoottoo and Ramjattan (now fully entrenched in the bowels of the PNC/AFC cabal), joining with the criminals for opportunistic reasons….(rearing to repeat the terror of the past). Some 45 years later, Guyana is once again where we were in 1973.Guyanese must never forget that many eminent persons, such as Dr. Walter Rodney, Michael Forde and Father Darke, were also assassinated and/or murdered during the dark days of the PNC dictatorship. Today we must draw strength, unite, and work together for the return of democracy, which in a most clandestine manner was taken away from us.We must ensure that the memories of Bholanauth Parmanand and Jagan Ramessar live on in us, and let their supreme sacrifice inspire us to rally with Cheddi Jagan’s People’s Progressive Party.As we prepare for Local Government elections, let us walk the walk; campaign house to house, and ensure that every voter comes out and votes. The fight for free and fair elections in Guyana is once again at the top of our list of struggles.Let us continue to live and work for a better Guyana. Long live the memories of Bholanauth and Ramessar!Sincerely,Neil Kumar
Sri Lanka batsmen Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne have been roped in the ODI squad for the remaining three games of the five-match series against India.The duo has been called in the squad after the International Cricket Council (ICC) imposed a two-match ban on skipper Upul Tharanga for a slow over rate offence. (Also read: Strange game of cricket but glad we came through: Virat Kohli)Lanka were ruled to be three overs short during their nerve-wracking three-wicket defeat at the hands of India in the second ODI to go 0-2 down in the ongoing series in Pallekele. (Also read:Virat Kohli has ‘no regrets’ about changing batting order in Kandy ODI)Match Referee Andy Pycroft imposed the ban on Tharanga, who previously served a similar two-match suspension during the ICC Champions Trophy when Sri Lanka were found guilty of slow over rate during their tournament opener against South Africa. Reuters PhotoTest skipper Chandimal, who was surprisingly dropped from the original squad, is likely to come in Tharanga’s place at number four spot in the batting order, Sport24 reported.Thirimanne, who made his last international ODI appearance in January 2016, has appeared in a 107 ODIs for the country and is expected to provide good experience to the batting group.The third ODI will be played in Kandy on Sunday.
Loan striker Mallik Wilks says that being left out gave him the motivation he needed to work as hard as he should.The 19-year-old added that it was a lesson to him, as one should never get too comfortable, or risk losing one’s spot to another. Wilks also made a scoring return to the starting line-up in the 3-3 draw with Gillingham after he was laid back at Rochdale.“I was buzzing to get on the score sheet because I got left out of the team last week so I had to prove a point,” said the Leeds United frontman via The Star.“I had to work hard in training and play well when I came on at Rochdale, and that’s what I did.“It taught me that I cannot get too comfortable. There’s always someone fighting for your spot, which is a good thing for this team.“My performances had dropped. I was careless on the ball,” he added.Solskjaer reveals he plans to build his team around Pogba Manuel R. Medina – July 17, 2019 The Manchester United manager wants to end the speculation that the Frenchman is leaving the Red Devils.“When I saw Alfie May score two goals [against Grimsby] I thought this is a bit scary! He’s been training well to so he deserved it.”“It was disappointing to go 2-0 down and I thought it was going to be a repeat of Fleetwood but the good thing was that none of us panicked,” he said.“We played good football and we should’ve got all three points.“We’re annoyed with the sloppy goals we’ve given away and the fact we had so many shots and only scored three.” He added:“It’s a good learning curve for us, fighting all the way to the end and showing good team spirit.”