GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana's Government has ordered police and the military to forcibly reopen the sole bridge connecting a mining town to Brazil that protesters have blocked for nearly two weeks.
President Donald Ramotar issued the order shortly before he was expected to visit Linden, where police fatally shot three protesters and injured 20 others on July 18.
Residents in the impoverished area are still protesting a proposed electricity rate increase from $25 monthly to about $100. They said they will not remove obstacles including huge logs and trucks from the bridge until National Security Minister Clement Rohee resigns and the police officers are charged with murder.
The bridge across the Demerara River is the main access to gold and diamond mines as well as timber grants owned by local and foreign companies.