Guyana seeks to end violent protest over electricity rate increase

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The president of Guyana says he’s willing to rethink an electricity rate increase opposed by a mining town where police fatally shot three people protesting the price hike.

Donald Ramotar says he’s willing to meet with residents once calm is restored in Linden. Protesters have blocked the lone river bridge that connects the town to Brazil for the fourth consecutive day.

Nearby communities say they’re running out of fuel and food supplies, but Linden’s regional administrative chairman Sharma Solomon said Saturday that residents will continue to protest a rate increase from $25 monthly to about $100.

On Wednesday, police fired into a group of demonstrators as they hurled rocks and bottles and burned several cars and buildings.

A police superintendent accused of ordering the shootings has been fired.

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