Guyana police shoot rubber bullets, tear gas at protesters in restive mining town

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Guyana police have fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters in a restive town where three people were killed last month during a demonstration against steep hikes in electricity rates.

Police and protesters have clashed intermittently in the mining town of Linden since officers fatally shot three people and wounded 20 others on July 18.

Regional Administrative Chairman Sharma Solomon says more than a dozen people were injured and several protestors were arrested during Sunday’s clash.

On Saturday, a number of buildings were burned, leading the government to cancel talks with the demonstrators demanding reduced power costs.

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