Crum-Ewing was performing a civic duty for his country

Dear Editor,

We, the undersigned, are outraged and saddened by the senseless murder of Mr Courtney Crum-Ewing on Tuesday, March 10 in Diamond, EBD. Mr Crum-Ewing was most brutally gunned down while performing a civic duty for his country, that is, engaging in the political process of Guyana. His engagement took the form of encouraging Guyanese citizens to exercise their right to self-determination.

The right to self-determination is a most basic human right that is embraced by all Guyanese regardless of political affiliation. This is what was fought for and won through independence from Britain.

We are reminded of the words of Dr Martin Luther King: “The first thing we must do here tonight is to decide we are not going to become panicky. That we are going to be calm, and we are going to continue to stand up for what is right. Fear not, we’ve come too far to turn back.” Therefore, we call for peace. We call for swift and just actions to be taken against the perpetrator(s) of Mr Crum-Ewing’s senseless murder. We call for all political leaders to dial back their vitriol particularly at this sensitive juncture.

We raise our voices as one to express our heartfelt condolence to the family and friends of Mr Crum-Ewing. We raise our voices as one because we feel particularly aggrieved by this wanton act of violence. We raise our voices as one out of love and loyalty to our beloved country. We ask all Guyanese to join us as we publicly and privately repudiate violence and intimidation.

We are and will continue to be – regardless of our gender, race, religion, ethnicity, political beliefs, geography – guided in our actions, in part, by Martin Niemöller’s famous poem:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

May the soul of Mr Courtney Crum-Ewing rest in peace.

Yours faithfully,

Mohammed Karimullah 1968-

1976

Nathilee Caldeira 1979-1986

Ronald Caleb 1972-1974

Karen Wharton 1976-1981

Mark Kirton

Bryn Bowen

Louis London 1966-1972

Keith Wilson

Corinne Locke 1975-1982

Compton Saywack 1967-1972

Alissa Trotz

Fairbairn Liverpool 1962-1965

Hugh Hamilton 1971-1977

Lloyd Houston

Neville Burke 1998-2004

Dominic Gaskin

Gordon Williams

Diane West 1986-1988

Kamal Dookie 1964-1971

Raphael Lindo

Leyland Grant

Michael Harris 1964-1971

John Rickford 1960-1967

Eden Gajraj 1954-1961

Adam Harris 1960-1966

Vibert Cambridge 1955-1961

Alfred Granger 1964-1971

John Campbell 1974-1981

Terrence Blackman

Jemel Liverpool 1995-2001

Ian Carto 1966-1972

Gordon Wilson

Michelle Mickle-Foster 1977-1983

Louis Kilkenny

Shondel Nero

Lance Chase

Patrick Stephens

Frank Douglas 1959-1962

Mortimer London 1962-1969

Dane Hartley

Jerome Branche 1967-1972

Vonetta Edwards 1990-1997

Edward Meertins-George

Vishnu Mahadeo 1975-1977

Dawn Holder

Darlene Walcott 1998-2005

Saran Nurse 1985-1990

Ronald Moore 1980

Aubrey Smith 1961-1969

Trevor Grant 1964-1971

Paul Montague (Kojo Nnamdi) 1956-1963

Frank Denbow 1967-1974

Clairmont Chung

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