AFC condemns ‘victimization and discrimination’ of Patterson at CJIA

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

The Alliance For Change (AFC) has condemned, in the strongest and harshest manner, the puerile act of victimization and discrimination committed against its representative, elected Parliamentarian Hon. David Patterson.

In a press release, the AFC said, “On Tuesday, September 26, 2023, Mr. Patterson, cleared Immigration and Security checks at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) and was awaiting a flight to the USA, when he was approached by an Immigration Officer and informed that there was an issue with his travelling. The AFC release further stated that information received by the AFC tells that a senior elected government and PPP official, operating out of the Office of the President, ordered that Mr. Patterson be prevented from travelling.

The AFC said it firstly demands a public apology to be issued by the President, Irfaan Ali, for the misuse and abuse of his office against a citizen, and secondly, a full investigation that names who ordered this atrocity, why it was done, and to be followed with a report on what corrective actions will be taken. The AFC said too that ‘the act of preventing the free movement of a citizen is illegal, unconstitutional, and, in the context of a 2023 world, downright barbaric. It has no place in a modern and democratic society.

The AFC posited that “the PPP is showing even to an invited guest of the US Congress and to all citizens that it alone sets the agenda and decides who gets to go to what meetings and who does what. These are the unmistakable actions of a despotic regime the Alliance for Change said It is obvious that Patterson, apart from his strident criticism of PPP policies, the symbolism that he is an African Guyanese representative, and not coincidentally, en route to a meeting of the Black Congressional Caucus, in Washington, D.C, cannot be missed.”

The Party contends that, “The PPP, no doubt, intended to make a statement here about its views on race relations and about Afro-Guyanese causes in particular. More so, it sent a strong statement of rebuke to the Black Congressional Caucus, in particular, and the US Government, in general. It is ironic that the act that was meant to embarrass and punish Mr. Patterson and prevent his attendance at the important gathering has openly exposed the lies and very nature of the monstrous PPP, and the lengths it is prepared to go to subjugate its opposition.”

The Party bemoans what it said is a ‘frightening development, a wakeup call to all Guyanese and to the world, that despite the glitz and glamour, things are rotten in the state of Guyana and all are likely to be consumed.’ The AFC said it intends to “register a formal complaint with the US Government, the CARICOM Secretariat, and the Commonwealth Secretariat about the PPP’s actions against an elected official. Also, legal advice will be sought on what actions can be brought by Mr. Patterson for breaches of his fundamental rights.”