President David Granger has proclaimed next Monday June 25 as a National Day of Mourning for the fifteen Guyanese fishermen who were murdered in Surinamese waters by pirates while plying their trade.
In the proclamation, all authorities, boards, commissions, public buildings, corporations, agencies, Ministries and citizens are being asked to fly the national flag at half staff to demonstrate solidarity with the families of those killed in the gruesome attack.
The Proclamation was issued this afternoon.
The attack took place in late April in waters of neighbouring Suriname. Some of the fishermen were murdered then thrown overboard while others were forced to jump overboard into the high seas. While fifteen were declared dead, at least five survived the ordeal and recounted the attack to Guyanese and Surinamese authorities.
All of the attackers are believed to be Guyanese nationals. Several of them have since been arrested and are facing charges in both Guyana and Suriname.
President Granger described the attack as a massacre.