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President, Opposition Leader Appeal For Calm in Wake of Killing of Cousins In West Berbice Backlands

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(Demerara Waves) President Irfaan Ali and Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon Sunday night appealed for peace and calm and for them to allow police to probe the brutal slaying of two youths who had trekked from their home village to Cotton Tree Village, West Coast Berbice to pick coconuts to sell.

“Whilst we await the swift work of the police to bring those responsible to justice, I urge residents from the communities to be patient and support the police in ensuring justice is served.

I ask you to act lawful and responsible in demonstrating your anger and hurt. As President, I can understand the emotions but I ask that the police be given an opportunity to do their job,” the President said.

Similarly, in a separate statement, Opposition Leader Harmon urged grieving residents to allow the police to do its work. “We recognize and understand the pain, anger and anguish the relatives and villagers of No. 3 Village (where the boys are from) are experiencing at this time. I call on them to remain vigilant but to allow the police to conduct their investigation in a timely manner,” said Mr. Harmon, a practising Attorney-at-Law and retired army officer.

A coconut farmer has since been arrested and traces of what appeared to be blood found on his premises at Cotton Tree Village.

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