The pirate attacks in neighbouring Suriname which has left 15 Guyanese fishermen dead will likely come up in Guyana’s National Assembly for discussion at its next sitting.
Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo intends to bring the issue up as he requests that the Government offers help to the families of the fishermen.
Mr. Jagdeo met with some of the relatives of the fishermen last evening in Suriname and said the attack which took place in Suriname is exceptional and the Guyana government’s response should also be exceptional and not luke warm. He classified the attack as an act of terrorism and called upon both the Government of Guyana and Suriname to work collaboratively and swiftly in addressing these horrific incidents fully and comprehensively.
He also urged that the full force of the law be used to bring the perpetrators to justice, emphasizing that “these are exceptionally criminal acts which require an exceptional response from the Government of Guyana and not the lukewarm, run-of -the mill approach, thus far, adopted”.
Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan is also in Suriname along with a Guyana Police Force team. He has been meeting with Surinamese Government officials to get full updates on the investigations and to better understand the attack. He has also been meeting with family members of the men who were killed.
Twenty fishermen were attacked two Fridays ago and thrown overboard by the pirates in Surinamese waters.
All of the suspects arrested so far are also Guyanese nationals. Three suspects have been arrested in Guyana while several others were arrested in Suriname.