Friday, November 11, 2011

Bused in APNU supporters disrupt UG Presidential debate

THE long-awaited and much anticipated 2011 Presidential Candidates Forum kicked off yesterday at the University of Guyana (UG), in the George Walcott Lecture Theatre, where the vision, programmes and policy differences of the political parties contesting the upcoming elections were brought to the fore and open to scrutiny from students.
The event was organised by UG’s Faculty of Social Sciences' Department of Governance and International Relations.
Presentations were made by the presidential candidates from the four major political parties contesting the elections – Donald Ramotar of the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C), David Granger of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Khemraj Ramjattan of the Alliance For Change (AFC) and Peter Persaud of The United Force (TUF).
However the event was marred by the disruptive behaviour of rowdy APNU supporters, who were transported to the venue in various vehicles. The behaviour by this group prompted a warning from Chairperson of the proceedings Ms. Paulette Paul, that if the unruly supporters cannot behave themselves then the police will be called in to remove them.
Paul warned the noisy crowd that the police were prepared to remove persons who were bent on being unruly and she asked that the Presidential Candidates restrain their supporters. At one stage, Ramotar complained that the noisy and very rowdy persons were cutting into his speaking time.

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