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Did politics create the wave of terror sweeping Guyana?

wanted-rawlinsdd.jpgThe terror unleashed in Guyana by gang leader Rondell Rawlins has its roots in government-sponsored violence, say some. It’s a similar situation that faces us here in Jamaica and has long retarded crime fighting.

Back in 2002 and faced with a crime wave it is alleged that the Guyanese government formed phantom death squads to solve the problem. It is thought that the likes of Rawlins are a blowback of that period.

In a still unresolved incident in 2006, gunmen invaded the home of government minister Satyadeow Sawh, killing him and three others.

Meanwhile the Rawlins gang have killed 23 people in two incidents alone.

Again like Guyana, we in Jamaica struggle with a situation of massive gun violence and accompanying impunity – an outgrowth of political sponsored violence that began in the 1970s.

Then the politicians armed the criminals against their opponents. Today they can barely control them.

Yet they still talk about cutting crime. The reality is getting further and further away from them.

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Rondell Rawlins the Rhygin of Guyana

wanted-rawlinsdd.jpgFugitive Rondell ‘Fineman’ Rawlin’s gang has killed 23 people in reprisal for his claim that the Guyanese government kidnapped his girlfriend. His Amazon jungle hideout was surrounded by scores of soldiers and police on the weekend yet he and his men still managed to shoot their way out.

Three members of the security forces were injured; one of the badmen killed. Rifles and 2,000 rounds of ammunition were recovered.

Prime Minister Bharrat Jagdeo holds Rawlins responsible for the two massacres and 23 killings at Lusignan and Bartica and linked him to the 2006 assassination of Agriculture Minister Satyadeo Sawh. Rollins has so far admitted responsibility for the Lusignan incident which cost the lives of six adults and five children.

However police claim to have found evidence that links him with Bartica, including police radio equipment that was stolen from the three police officers killed in that raid.

Associated Press understatement: “The massacres have shaken Guyana’s security system and raised concerns about the effectiveness of its military and police.”

A very bad badman.

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